Thoughts About the Position from Current & Past RA's
Amber (Banks) Covington
I have greatly benefited from the RA position because ultimately my time as an RA provided me with a better understanding of
myself and how I respond to a number of scenario’s, ranging from crises’ to
networking, to giving presentations, etc. Being an RA was a gateway to some of
my ongoing friendships, my desire to go to grad school, and my interest in
Student Affairs. If you take the job seriously and carve out the experience you
want to take from it, then the position won’t just be “Some thing I did when I
was in college.” It will always be worthwhile to you.
One question I never get tired of answering is "What’s an RA?" from friends and family. I am proud to tell people that this is what I do at Ursuline. I know that being an RA has helped me to grow into a better person and has shaped me into a leader. This position has provided me with opportunities and challenges that I know will impact my future by making me more ready to handle situations. It has also taught me the importance of having a strong team and being a team player. Besides the fact that this job has given me experience that I think will help me as a future nurse and an adult, it’s fun!
Being an RA has changed my life! It has given me the opportunity to be a difference in the lives of my residence and give them a positive experience at Ursuline College. I have learned to work with all different types of people. It has given me experience that will help me for future jobs. I have learned to be a better leader, a better public speaker, and more cognitive to the needs of others.
Being an RA has taught me to be a leader. I learned so many
valuable leadership qualities as an RA that I was able to transition into the
work force easily. It taught me how to respect leaders early on
because I could identify those wonderful qualities in others. It also
allowed me to take on leadership roles sooner than those in my same position
because I had lead groups of my peers before. I knew when to listen and
how to take their words and opinions and turn them into change that would