6 Reasons To Befriend Your R.A.

Thank you Shanna Houston for writing and sharing this article!

It’s your first year in college, and just when you think you’ve left all rules and consequences behind, you meet your dorm resident advisor, better known as an “R.A.” At first thought, it may seem like you’ve got a live-in babysitter or substitute mom living on your hall, but the truth is they are far from it. Sure, they enforce university rules and will probably report you if you break one, but that doesn’t mean they are bad guys. In fact, most R.A.s would rather be your friend than an enforcer. Instead of bypassing your R.A.’s door or assuming they are always out to get you, take some time to get to know your R.A. All they really want to do is help you stay safe and enjoy college. Here are six reasons to befriend your R.A.

  1. They care about your well-being:  

    R.A.s are nurturing people who genuinely care about your safety and well-being. If you’re ill, tell your R.A., and they may act as a sit-in parent and help take care of you. Also, an R.A. won’t encourage you to do illegal or dangerous things that might hurt you or get you in trouble. Your friendship will be good, clean fun.

  2. They give good advice: 

    Whether you need help choosing classes or guidance in your love life, your R.A. is the go-to person to ask. Not only do they typically have a few years on you, but they also understand the immense pressures of college and becoming an adult. Even if your R.A. doesn’t have all the answers you’re looking for, they can still be a good listener or a shoulder to cry on.

  3. They know the campus well: 

    Being new to college can be overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost driving around town, let alone just walking from class to class. If you need help navigating your way around campus or your college town, your R.A. is the person to ask. Chances are, they have a wealth of knowledge about the area and can tell you how to get where you need to go.

  4. You won’t get in as much trouble (maybe): 

    Befriending your R.A. has its advantages, especially when it comes to staying out of trouble. Although your R.A. won’t let you get away with sneaking alcohol or a pet into the dorms, you may be less likely to get in trouble when it comes to minor, non-illegal things like being too noisy on a school night.

  5. They know people: 

    Resident advisors know a lot of people around campus, and they aren’t all fellow R.A.s either. R.A.s make connections easily and, because of their responsibilities within the dorm, they can help you find the answers you need in no time. If you want to get more involved on campus or join a student group, your R.A. will be a good source for information.

  6. They are positive role models:

    Resident advisors are positive role models for first-year students. They are committed to their studies, they follow the rules, and they assume an active leadership role on campus. Not to mention, R.A.s are typically very warm, social, and understanding people. They are good models of how to be successful in college, while balancing school and other responsibilities.

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