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November 09, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 9

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Residence life searches for new applicants

Resident assistants (RAs), are chosen by the residence life staff each spring semester to prepare for the living situations of students the following fall. As the application process approaches, signs around campus and posts on the mySU page publicize the process of becoming an RA.

Currently, there are 62 resident assistants on campus. With the new 18th Street Commons opening more units next year, an additional eight RA spots will be available to applicants. Potential RAs must be willing to work with others, possess leadership skills, get out of their comfort zones and be involved, according to Jose Sanchez, assistant director of residence life for communications development. Sanchez works with the resident assistant applications.

"An RA is responsible to oversee a floor or area between 15 and 40 students," Sanchez said. "RAs look after the well-being of students, especially for the first-year students. RAs are a resource to the students and can refer students to counseling depending on needs."
The application process is now entirely online, with a website solely devoted to the paperwork of the application process, timeline of when papers and applications are due and frequently asked questions. This page also has a link to an email account that is new to the application process this year. This email address can be used in the event of a question about the RA application process. The documents to be completed for the application process are found on this site and are downloadable PDF files. They can be filled in and sent electronically when completed.

Being an RA is not all work; aside from being a resource, responsible role model and employee of the university, there are some perks.

"Being an RA puts you into the real world. It can give you organization and communication skills, and be a résumé builder," Sanchez said. As a first-year RA, the university covers the cost of living in a dormitory. Upon a second year as an RA, the university covers all of the room fees and one-quarter of meals and as a head resident, there is apartment-style living and all room and board is covered.

Residence life understands that every student is required to take part in the GO program as part of the central curriculum and accommodating to those students who will study away, Sanchez said. Students that apply for positions that are studying away have the opportunity to replace and switch out with other students who also were accepted as RAs when they leave to go abroad. Applications for head resident positions are due on Dec. 14, while applications for returning RAs is Feb. 1. New RA applications are due Jan. 25 and recommendation letters are due Dec. 3.

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