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Being a Resident Assistant is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have while being a student, but becoming one is pretty difficult. Here are some tips if you are thinking about becoming an RA.

Be Confident!

There is no such thing as a perfect candidate so try not to stress if you don’t meet every criterion. The fact that you are worrying at all means you care, which is exactly what they are looking for in a potential RA.

Be Involved

Join a club, go to a floor meeting, participate in activities. Do as much as you can to be a part of the campus community so you can grow a network of people.

Talk to ResLife

These are the people who are going to be interviewing you, so it is a good idea to get to know the Reslife staff, RGC Members, RA’s and Pro Staff in your building and on the Hill.

Floor Government

There are other jobs outside of being a Resident Assistant that allow you to grow connections with the people in charge of residents. Floor government is a way for potential RA’s to learn more about ResLife, make connections, and serve their community.

Building Government

A step up from floor government is building government. The Resident Government Council accepts applications every fall for a variety of positions. Not only will this help improve your resume, but emergency RA selections are sometimes made from RGC councils!

Take the Written App Seriously

 Interviewers will be able to read your application multiple times. A lot of their decisions will be made based on what you write! Spend time and make sure your answer fits the prompt well and highlights your best abilities.

The Interview

There will be an individual and a group interview in the RA Process. In the individual interview, focus on highlighting your own abilities. For the group interview, make sure to lead and participate in the discussion topics provided.

 

Be Aware of Your Potential Responsibilities

You may be asked about housing regulations, rules, employment, etc. and you will need to be prepared. Look online for information about RA responsibilities, duty, common issues and more.

 

Do Your Research!

Just like with any other interview it is important that you do your research. If you come in with ideas for events or floor meetings you will really impress the interviewers

 

Talk to Your RAs

Your RAs have been through the process before so they can definitely help you out. Seek their advice or even have them look at your application!

No one is a perfect candidate for the RA position. The job involves a wide variety of duties and is for many different types of people. If you don’t get accepted on your first try, be flexible! There are tons of opportunities to become involved in your residential community!


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Snigdha Jayavarapu

Snigdha Jayavarapu is a second-year Human Bio and Society major at UCLA. She enjoys writing, dancing and being an RA. She's also a henna artist and loves junk food!


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