Monthly, Housing and Residence Life is taking the time to get to know some of the Resident Assistants (RA’s) on staff and share these profiles with you. RA’s are student leaders who live in the residence halls to build community, offer programs, serve as a resource to students, and address any issues students experience.
This month, we meet Teresa Holl, a Sophomore “Jersey Girl” from Jackson who works as an RA in Ora Manor, our University-owned apartment complex on Valley Street. Teresa’s path to being a Resident Assistant wasn’t always clear, as she had considered transferring after a short while at Seton Hall. However, she credits her freshman year RA, Heather Kwityn, for connecting her to SHU and motivating Teresa to pursue a position with Housing and Residence Life. A Nursing major, Teresa saw the RA position as a chance to continue her leadership experience from high school. Teresa loves bringing her organizational skills to her small staff and works to fight the stigma associated with being an RA off campus. She values having her own living space and the ability to build more mature relationships with her residents and co-workers. Teresa speaks happily about integrating her Filipino culture into her community, hosting a program where her aunt and uncle provided Filipino food from their restaurant. If you’re interested in becoming an RA, Teresa encourages you to go for it and be yourself!
Next up is Ryan Johnson, a first-year RA from the first floor in Boland Hall. An undecided Sophomore business major, Ryan prides himself on his involvement with the Martin Luther King Student Association and the Multicultural Advisory Committee. If you ever need to find Ryan, he says he is most likely hanging out in the Boland Lobby getting to know a new resident he hasn’t met before. Ryan recalls wanting to be an RA as early as his Junior year of high school when he was brainstorming with his aunt about ways he could afford college. Although Ryan appreciates the financial benefits of the position, he believes the bigger payout is the leadership experience and the community he gets to be a part of in Boland Hall. Originally placed on the alternate roster, Ryan encourages anyone who is placed as an alternate to accept the position because you never know what could happen. Ryan’s tips for interested in becoming a Resident Assistant? Like Teresa, he says to be yourself throughout the entire selection process. He also wants to make sure that his future colleagues know what they are signing up for, so understand all the job entails and make sure you can be 100% committed to all aspects of the position.
Housing and Residence Life is hosting four more information sessions throughout December and January for students interested in learning more about the RA position! Check out our previous blog post about RA selection to get those dates.