Everyone knows their RA. He or she is first face you meet on campus and the last face you see before you leave for the summer. They provide you with helpful information and moral support while you’re here at college. But one of the most overlooked parts of an RA’s job are the events they organize throughout the semester for their residents.
As an RA myself, my number one goal is to host events that cover a variety of topics that could interest everyone on the floor. This is because I want to create a real sense of community for my residents. People don’t necessarily realize all the planning, time and execution that go into such events, but I don’t mind putting in the extra effort because there are many benefits for residents if they attending res hall events including meeting new people, discovering new interests and, everyone’s favorite benefit, FREE FOOD!
Meeting New People
When you arrive at WSU at the beginning of the school year, you might not meet your closest friends on the first day, month or even year. Good friendships take time to form in order to last. Even if you do find some great friends right away, there is no reason not to make more friends as an upperclassmen too.
If you take advantage of every social opportunity you find, you will meet a plethora of people during your time in college. The best way to meet new people is to get involved in things like student clubs and campus events. But if you are a little too shy to throw yourself into campus life, RA sponsored events can be a great way to meet people in the comfort of your home away from home!
Discovering New Interests
Yoga. Tattoos. Condoms. Tea. Games. These are just a few topics that could be covered in events hosted by your RA! RAs try and cover many different topics to reach out to all points of interest. One way to get involved is to suggest event ideas to your RA that you think would be fun for the floor. We love it when our residents get into planning res hall events because some of the best ideas come from residents who get together and brainstorm fun ideas for the whole floor to enjoy.
Do I even need to say more? FREE. FOOD. RAs know what gets people’s attention and our res hall events usually have some form of food for the attendees–whether its popcorn, pizza, candy, cookies or even ice cream. And we are always willing to take suggestions for fun snack ideas to bring more people to events!
These are just a few reasons why you should go to at your RA’s events. Find out what kind of events are coming in your res hall by looking for posters or bulletin boards or just asking your RA in person. I hope to see you there!