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How do i become an ra

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How do i become an ra

  1. 1. How do I become aResident Assistant?
  2. 2. Carving out your Character Character Role Modeling Leadership and Followership Being a Team Player
  3. 3. Your values help define you as a leader Character and as a person. Character is who you are and how you will act even when no one is watching.A Person ofCharacter Works  Consider the following:Towards Being ◦ Good intentions alone don’t cut itConsiderate ◦ You need to actHumane ◦ Let your values be your guideAwareReliable ◦ It’s the Big AND the Little things.Active As an RA your character is probably underCulturally sensitive more scrutiny than the average student. What is your character saying about you?Team-focusedEffectiveRespectful
  4. 4. Residents will look to you to Role Modeling establish what is acceptable and where the boundaries are.Things to consider when as you put your best foot forward: Attitude Body Language How do you represent your staff? Appropriate Messages Confident Decision-making  speak Questionable Behaviors  act  communicate Respect  goof off  act responsibly  tell jokes  interact with others
  5. 5. Leadership and Followership A true leader knows that it is important for others to share in leadership roles in order to build up new leaders for tomorrow. As RAs you don’t try to misuse or overextend your authority, your talents, or positions.How to Diffuse Conflict  You should not be Set firm ground rules the main attraction insist on civil language Show people how Allow no personal attacks on to resolve their ownname calling conflicts rather than doing it for Make your intentions &expectation clear right from the themstart. You’re there to Stop offending parties rightaway – don’t let them drag the show them the waygroup down Your role involvesPraise positive behavior to send facilitatinga clear message. connections between “Good leaders were first great followers.” – Don Ward people and
  6. 6. Being a Team PlayerDevelop a Team Supreme! Positive approach will gain respect Discuss strengths and weaknesses Create Team Traditions Avoid Cliques Open lines of Communication Support one Another Maintain a professional Attitude Working with Supervisors!!! Get comfortable with this Be Polite person, even when it comes to sharing feedback. You will have a lot of personal time with your Community Coordinator. It’s okay to ask questions.
  7. 7. Being Yourself Positive Institutional Rep Wellness Priority, Organization, and Time Management Communication
  8. 8. Positive Institutional Rep Being an RA can be a 24/7 job. You serve as campus role models and an institutional representative. But can you still be you? Dealing with your Celebrity Status As an RA you are a Role Model. You are on display regardless of whether you are in your community, walking to class, or out on the town. As exciting as the attention is ,there are always drawbacks. You can become a discussion on campus, become the campus news, or apart of the paparazzos (residents) new attraction.. They are everywhere!
  9. 9. Wellness Staying Well on and off the job ◦ Focus on the health of your mind, body, and spirit.  Eating  Sleeping  Making time for important things Sleep Savvy ◦ What is the ideal amount of sleep you need?  Overcompensate  Routine  Power Nap Nutritional Negligence ◦ What do you eat ◦ Skipping meals ◦ Water That Move around Magic ◦ Exercise ◦ Staying Active Let Your Spirit Soar ◦ Taking Quiet time for you
  10. 10. Priorities, Organization and TimeManagement Staying Organized  Separate yourManaging Priorities Personal/Professio nal Space Make Lists  Declutter Update Lists Identify Real Priorities Date List Items Know your Limits
  11. 11. Communication The Written Word Avoid the Passive Voice Non-Verbal Be Concise Communication Be Specific  Crossed arms = Closed off to what is Write like you speak being said  Leaning Forward= interned in what the other person is saying  Heavy sighs = Discontented or bored  Smiling = Sends positive support  Squirming = Cored or uncomfortable with the topic  Nodding = Listening and engaged
  12. 12. Building Community Connecting with your residents Culture of Civility Programming and Event Management
  13. 13. Connecting with yourResidents Before you can plunge into the “deep stuff” you need to connect with residents on the most basic level. Link people with similar interests Make academic connections Look out for lonersAs the RA, you don’t always have to be in thelimelight, leading students every step of the way.Sometimes your most important role is that offacilitator – where you facilitate the beginning ofrelationships and connections between students.Sometimes they just need that little nudge that youprovide!
  14. 14. Culture and Civility Civility 1: formal or perfunctory politeness 2: the act of showing regard for other Source: http:/dict.die.net/civility/ Create welcoming communities Gossip Can Poison! Use inclusive decorations While gossip forms one of Assess restricting the oldest and (still) the facilities most common means of spreading and sharing Do not assume information, it also has a Be human reputation for the Address slurs introduction of errors and Create open other variations into the communities information thus
  15. 15. Programming and EventManagement  Know your Audience ◦ Group Brainstorming ◦ Surveys ◦ Focus groupsHow to get started Programming:1. Know what your budget is2. Format a timeline3. Make your Publicity4. The Small Stuff5. Follow up
  16. 16. Being Inclusive Welcoming Diversity and Social Justice
  17. 17.  Be clear about expectationsWelcoming  Be consistent  Recognize achievements, big and small  Keep people informed  Maintain a positive attitudeAs the RA it is your  Hold people accountablejob to buildcommunity. This can  Confront in private when possiblebe an exciting and  Be a good Listenersometimes dauntingtask. So dig in and  Be Welcoming to people from a variety ofget started! backgrounds  Welcome questions  Don’t pass judgment on mistakes  Admit your own mistakes Incorporate their suggestions, criticisms and ideas  Give Feedback  Share why you do things they way you do them  Never lose sight that students are people first
  18. 18. Diversity and Social JusticeTHE BIG SIX!Ethnicity: Students may look like one ethnicity but identify as another or more , than one ethnicity.Age: Some residents may be returning to college after a leave or just starting out.Spirituality: Be aware of your words and what assumptions they make.Ability: Abilities range from emotional or psychological to physical. Students may have family and friends who are differently-abled. Watch words like “retarded” or “cripple”Socic-Economic Status: Think about finances when determining group experiences.
  19. 19. Learning from Mistakes It’s okay to be wrong
  20. 20. It’s okay to be wrong “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experienceAdmitting when you’re wrong not only of trial and suffering demonstrates human fallibility, it can the soul be admits a willingness to hold yourself, strengthened, ambiti as well as your fellow group on inspired, and members, to certain standards. success achieved” - Helen Keller As an RA when you admit to being wrong it creates a more comfortable climate for residents and it reminds RES them it’s okay to take a risk. LIFE “ You must never feel badly about making misstates, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For your often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.” - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth