Why I Want To Be An RA Essay

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As a first-year student, I didn’t fully understand the importance of RA’s. It wasn’t until I moved in on August 23rd that I fully understood their meaning. The move in process was hectic to begin with it, but with the help of RA’s explaining everything that needed to be done, things that we could and couldn’t have, and guiding us in the direction to making new friends. I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without them. This is one of the reasons why I would like to pursue being an RA. I know first-hand how terrifying it can be to come to a new college and not know anyone. I can offer my knowledge of my first year to them in order to reduce their stress level. I can show my residents the ins and outs of college and provide them with a …show more content…
These RA’s focus more on how being an RA can only benefit them and not the residents they are supposed to be looking after. Unsuccessful RA’s do not pose good communication skills or people skills as I call them. They might be hard for a resident to approach with a problem or something that is bothering them. I believe that my communication skills will be my best attribute when it comes to being an RA. I am a person who is very easy to talk to, I am not afraid to put myself out there in order to gain someone’s trust. I have also learned that when listening to someone’s problems they do not want to hear about your problems either. I have and ear for listening and not putting my two sense in when it comes to someone telling me of a problem they might have. I believe that the most challenging part of the RA job will be gaining the respect from my RA’s. I would like to think that if I respect them then they will respect me. But as we all know when someone hears the word “RA” they think of that someone as an authoritative figure. This is not what I want people to think of when they see me as their RA. Gaining the respect of my residents will ensure that they will listen to me when I do need to be an authority figure but also understand that I can be their friend at the same

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