List Rules Any adjective that can finish the sentence. Please only vote if you are or have been an RA.
Do your memories of college include nights spent crafting bulletin boards and door hangers? Were your tutoring and counseling skills known and loved by everyone in your dorms and beyond? If so, then the odds are that you were one of the few, the proud, the RAs. In case you’re not familiar, RA stands for resident assistant or resident adviser. They were those folks on your floor in college who were always there to give great advice... or write you up for sneaking beer into your room.
If you were an RA yourself, vote for the adjectives that best describe what it’s like to be an RA. If you're not an RA yet, but are currently considering becoming one, you’ll find some great info here on what the RA experience is like. How else will know you if being a resident adviser is for you? From the thankless nights cleaning up messes to the rewarding experiences of helping new freshman feel at home, here you’ll find the answer to that immoratal question: "What is RA life like?"
So if you’re curious to find out more about coming an RA, or are an adviser who's up for sharing your hard earned wisdom, check out this list. These are the perks, expectations, and even occasional downers that the RA roller coaster brings with it.
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A Big Commitment There's generally a fairly lengthy training program involved, including advice on counseling, tutoring, and emergency procedures.
Exhausting You're expected to deal not only with your own problems, but with everyone else's as well.
Amusing Stressed out streakers? Ridiculous love triangles? Young people getting drunk? No matter how insane the situation, guess who gets called in to the rescue.
A Full-Time Job With the exception of classes, many residents expect you to be in your room all the time.
A Networking Opportunity Not only will you meet tons of new residents every semester, you'll probably be on a first name basis with several members of the administration, campus police, and local fire department by the end of the year.
A Resume Booster Considering all the different aspects that go into being an RA, it can give you a leg up on the competition when you start applying for jobs after graduation.
Awkward Ah the joys of accidentally running into one of your residents at a crazy party.
Not Always Easy As an RA, you're expected to be a model of exemplary behavior in front of your residents, and are held to a higher standard overall.
Fun You get to plan cool stuff for your residents, from social hours to pizza parties.
Sometimes a Bummer We all make mistakes. There's nothing worse than having to write a kid up for doing the same things you probably do yourself. The good news is that you'll most likely have a drawer full of confiscated booze by the end of the ...
Frustrating It's sort of like being a constant designated driver, only your obnoxious "passengers" live next door to you and have no idea how to handle stress and drunkenness.
Rewarding Being a college freshman can be a scary experience, and being there for kids who are trying to figure out how to deal with college life can be hugely rewarding.
Disillusioning Think you're a little screwed up? You'll quickly learn you're not alone when you have to mediate petty arguments between grown ass residents.
Thankless Let's just say you shouldn't hold your breath for a thank you note. Even after you clean all of the puke out of the hallway.
Tiring That horrible moment when someone knocks on your door after locking themselves out... right as you were about to drift off into sleep.
Annoying Because there are only so many times you can scrub hand-drawn penises off the bathroom stalls with a smile on your face.
Secretive The only thing crazier than the insane antics you'll witness is not being able to tell your friends about it!
An Adventure By the time you graduate, there will be no disaster you can't handle.
Bizzare You got what stuck in your what?!
A Great Experience Despite the challenges that come along with being an RA, you'll likely gain tons of new life long friends from the experience.
Interesting Get ready to meet all types of different people who are studying all sorts of different fields. Your entire floor is an interesting conversation waiting to happen.
Touching Whether it's being on-hand to provide life saving medical help or simply watching a terrified freshman's confidence develop, being an RA provides plenty of opportunities to watch your residents grow.
Full of Perks Not only will you score free housing, some schools also offer perks like free books and food.
Awesome Being the boss of everyone who lives in your vacinity = not always the worst thing, actually.
Crafty Bulletin boards and door tags and activity decor, oh my!
Never Boring Though it can be aggravating, at least you'll never have time to feel lonely or bored.
Enriching If you're looking for a chance to learn how to connect with people from all different backgrounds, being an RA is a great way to do it.
Stamina Building After this.... there will be nothing you can't handle.