Newly-Hired RA Spotlights

By The Elm - Mar 02,2015@12:01 pm

By Maggie Buterbaugh
Elm Staff Writer

The Elm recently sat down with a few newly-hired RAs to talk about what made them pursue their positions and what they are looking forward to in the future.

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Bowland

Juliana Bowland:

Q: What made you want to become an RA?
A: I really wanted to get involved on campus. I love people and helping others, so I combined the two and decided to apply for the RA program.

Q: What are you most excited about becoming an RA?
A: I am most excited about connecting with new people and providing a welcoming environment for new and returning students.

Q: What do you think the hardest part of being an RA will be?
A: The hardest part of being an RA will probably be when I have to be the bad guy.

Q: Do you have any fun ideas for RA sponsored dorm events and activities?
A: I think having a painting night would be really fun. I love to paint, and I find it really relaxing. Maybe we could paint wooden letters for our dorm doors or just on a canvas.

Q: How do you feel RAs contribute to the Washington College community?
A: I feel as though RAs are more than just the hall police. RAs are there to provide support and encouragement while ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment.

Danielle Glenn:

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Glenn

Q: What made you want to become an RA?
A: I wanted to become an RA because I love having the opportunity to help other students grow in their experiences at WC. [I want to be] a person they are able to go to when they need things handled.

Q: What are you most excited about becoming an RA?
A: What most excites me about becoming an RA is the opportunity I have to work with my peers to build a stronger and safer community at WC. I am also excited about the amount of new people I get to meet and grow with.

Q: What do you think the hardest part of being an RA will be?
A: I think the hardest part of the RA position is finding the balance between being a responsible authority figure and being a friend. I have already told my friends that I will not deal with them breaking policies in my presence, and they fully understand.

Q: Do you have any fun ideas for RA sponsored dorm events and activities?
A: As far as fun ideas, I am brainstorming as much as I can.

Q: How do you feel RAs contribute to the WC community?
A: I feel that RAs contribute to WC by being able to help new and current students become more familiar with the resources we have at WC and also ensure their safety.

Nick Totis:

Totis

Totis

Q: What made you want to become an RA?
A: I wanted to become an RA because I remember move-in day when my current RA, Harold Braden, told me if I had any questions or needed anything, I could count on him. I want to be able to do that for others just as he did for me.

Q: What are you most excited about becoming an RA?
A: I would say I’m most excited about being able to help others become accustomed to their new living environment and to help others feel comfortable here at WC during the 2015-2016 school year.

Q: What do you think the hardest part of being an RA will be?
A: I think the hardest part of being an RA is time management because I have to take care of my own needs while being constantly willing to put others before myself. However, I believe that this is a challenge that is easily overcome.

Q: Do you have any fun ideas for RA sponsored dorm events and activities?
A: I know that I will be the new RA in Queen Anne’s, and I plan on holding some fun sports nights with the guys on my floor and planning a group trip to Proccolino’s for dinner one evening at the beginning of the school year.

Q: How do you feel RAs contribute to the WC community?
A: I believe that RAs help bring students together to build a more tight-knit community by making sure students are happy and enjoying their living conditions here at WC.

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