What did it take to become a Residence Assistant (RA)?

"There was a lot of training required to become an RA. We spent 1.5 – 2 weeks every day on training. We did a lot of role-playing situations. Experienced RAs would act out situations and the new RAs would have to deal with them. We all watched and participated. Then the group would talk about how the situation was handled – what was right, wrong, what other options we had. It was all really helpful. We also did lots of team building activities. The entire training went from 8 am to about 7 pm every day for 1.5 weeks.

The things I learn as an RA apply to life. I learn how to deal with people. How to be a leader, someone people come to for advice. How to manage responsibilities. It built me as an individual."

You've been inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon – what's that?

"I'm an EOP student – students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Chi Alpha Epsilon recognizes EOP students who've excelled academically. So when I graduate, I'll have some extra things around my neck. For EOP students, you need to have a GPA of 3.0 for two consecutive semesters. That may not be a lot of some students, but for us in EOP, it's been hard to get to college. I'm the first person in my family to go to college. It's nice to be recognized."

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