This is the anti-Seinfeld blog. It is a blog about everything.
Well, that’s not quite true. Technically, it’s a blog about being a RA.
For those of you who are unfamiliar (I was, before I got to my college dorm), RA stands for ‘resident adviser.’ It is a undergraduate position; RA’s exist to improve and manage the dorm experience. If that seems like a vague statement, it’s because the RA role is extremely amorphous, and looks very different school to school. RA’s are in charge of documenting drug use, enforcing quiet hours, throwing community events, addressing communal disputes, building relationships with residents, filling out paperwork, peer counseling struggling residents, and depending on the school, various other tasks big and small.
As part of those core tasks come a million other skills and tasks that may be relevant to getting our job done; being a role model, working as a team to support other RA’s, decorating the sometimes sterile dorms, public speaking, budget management…the list is endless. At my school, we like to say the resident adviser position is a role, not a job. It’s 24 hours a day, and usually, it becomes a part of who you are when you’re at college.
At its best, the RA position is an excuse to become the person you want to be.
My name is Tyler Klein. I am a third year RA at Lewis and Clark. I am a total geek for what I do, and I hope you–whether you are a new RA, a current RA, or not an RA at all–find sources of inspiration in your life to help you become the person you want to be.