Opinion

Apply to be an RA

PHOTO COURTESY OF CASSY GREIG

By Amber Moreyra, Elise Giammanco, Evan Mascitti, Amanda Scherer
CONTRIBUTORS

Most of you know an RA or multiple RAs and probably feel you have a decent understanding of what their role is on campus and what their job responsibilities entail. However, you may just know what is on the surface. Read what three current RAs have to say about their positions. Then, think about whether being an RA fits with who you are and what you are looking to get out of your Beloit experience.

I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding job on campus. Not only am I now integrated into a very supportive group of students and professional staff, but I get to contribute and be a part of a rockin’ community on my floor in Peet. My talents and input are appreciated, and I have all the tools to be a necessary part of a team to create cool programs just for my peers (my big projects this semester are Dick Talk and a bathroom literature series). I get a chance to utilize my unique perspective to create something tangible that the college community can appreciate. To students who are on the fence about applying — just freakin’ do it. You won’t regret it.

— Elise Giammanco’13

Being an RA has really helped me expand my boundaries. I’m on the varsity baseball team, and while being an athlete at Beloit is a great experience, the time commitment doesn’t allow for a lot of socializing with non-teammates. Becoming an RA helped me meet new friends (both residents and other RAs) from different class years, interest groups, and social circles— people I would have never discovered otherwise. I feel much more connected to campus and would recommend being an RA to anybody willing to learn new things and meet new people.

— Evan Mascitti’12

Through my experience as an RA I have continually reconnected with the Beloit community. Applying to be an RA was one of the best decisions I made while here, and it is hard to comprehend my life at Beloit without being an RA. I have so made so many connections with people I would have probably never met or least not connected with in such a meaningful way. I have gained more confidence in my abilities to be assertive and direct, which applies to every aspect of my life.

— Amanda Scherer’11

If this has peaked your interest and you would like to apply, click here. You need to submit an application plus have a faculty/staff member AND your current RA submit reference forms to cleo@beloit.edu by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9. If you have any questions, contact Amber Moreyra in Res Life at x2350 or moreyraa@beloit.edu.

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