Senior Matt Peterson gives a glimpse into what it’s like to be a Residence Assistant.
Q: First, the details. Where are you from, and what are you studying?
A: I am from Bedford, New Hampshire and I am studying accounting with a minor in Latin.
Q: So, why did you want to be an RA?
A: I wanted to be an RA because I saw the impact my RAs had on me, and I wanted to have the same sort of impact on other students. Having transferred into Ave halfway through my sophomore year, I understand that the transition to college can be challenging and awkward at times, but the RAs were always there to aid with that transition. I’s satisfying knowing that now I can be that for other students.
Q: What have you learned from being an RA?
A: I’ve learned that every single person truly is unique and comes from a different walk of life. This definitely helps me handle situations with a less judgmental mindset, knowing that when a student is acting out or being unsociable, it has much deeper roots than what I see.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an RA?
A: Aside from the lack of sleep, the most challenging part of being an RA is stepping outside of my comfort zone, whether it be to connect with a student who wants nothing to do with me, or handling an incident.
Q: What makes Residence Life at Ave so awesome?
A: The people. Not just the residents, but also the other RAs, who are carefully and prayerfully grouped with one another to make the most perfect fit possible for each of the dorms.
At Ave Maria University, each residence hall is served by a Residence Director, a live-in full-time staff member who plays a critical role in the lives of the students in their residence halls. Residence Directors are assisted by a team of Resident Assistants (RAs), students who are hired for their leadership skills and heart of service.