What is it like to be a RA
A Residential Advisor (RA) is a second, third year or postgraduate student living in halls. The role of an RA is to offer support to first years students living in halls. This involves going on visits to the halls to see all the members of the flat to ensure that their health and well being is enhanced. The job involves organising events and provides the relevant contacts to access support.
Below are the top 5 duties every RA has to carry out;
Flat visits and logs
It is important as an RA to visit the students you are allocated to ensure that they are enjoying student life, and are managing to cope with moving away from home. This is an opportunity for students to explain any issues they may be having living in halls or with their studies. For some students it is a chance to initiate conversation with another student and a lot of the time they are full of unanswered questions. Logs are a way of recording information you have gathered from the students you have visited, allowing staff working in halls to ensure that they are receiving the right support.
Every RA will be on call at least once a week from 6pm at night till 6am the following morning. Allowing students to be able to get the right support during the evening. Don't worry you don't have to stay awake for this amount of time, you can sleep!
Drop in sessions
Once a week you will be permitted to be on 'Drop in' , this involves having to stay in reception for an hour and listening to students queries or problems.
You will have to organise events to engage students with other living in their community or halls. This could involve events like sports, pub quizzes, anything that may interest other students.
As an RA it is important that you know the relevant people to get your students to seek advice from. As you are not trained in areas of specialised support like, counselling. Therefore, you are not permitted to know everything.
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