Do hands-on work to carry out the menu plans of Dietitians.
As a College Resident Advisor, you’re much more than just the dorm police. Yes, you’re responsible for enforcing policy, but that’s really just a small part of the equation. Rather, you’re part Counselor, part Social Director, part advertiser….
Forget most of the depictions you’ve seen in movies and television shows. You want to build relationships with the residents on the floor you oversee—not crush their spirits. You enhance their lives in many ways.
For example, you spend time planning activities, like movie nights, table tennis tournaments, and field trips to the zoo. You’re a constant resource for anything from study tips to relationship advice. You may even need to teach a few freshmen how to do laundry.
It also helps if you have an artsy-craftsy bone somewhere in your body—you’ll need to brighten up your floor with homemade decorations, make punchy and noticeable advertisements to go along with your party-planning endeavors, and frequently update your floor’s bulletin boards.
It isn’t all fun, though. You’re expected to be on duty a few times each week. As the on-duty College Resident Advisor, you monitor the dorm by walking through the floors.
The duty cell phone also makes it easy for residents to reach you no matter the level of emergency—anything from a simple lockout to a suicide attempt. Additionally, you’re responsible for addressing violations of your college’s drinking and drug policies.
It can be taxing, to be sure, but a job as a College Resident Advisor is full of great hands-on experience.