The RAs are coming! The RAs are coming!

by Dylan Ruffra

Going from being a Resident Assistant to being a Hall Director can be an unique situation. In one experience you are in charge of a floor and in another you are in charge of a whole building. In the Hall Director role you also get to have supervising experience that was never given before. It is important to know how you are going to be a good role model for your residents and your RAs. This is where the joy of Hall Director training has come in handy. Over the past three weeks it has been very helpful to get the knowledge of how to best run our building and staffs, from our Residence Life Coordinators and Assistant Directors. We were educated on topics such as: programming, supervising, duty response, conduct, cultural awareness and many other useful topics. It has been helpful learning this information with my other cohort of twelve other Hall Directors. Learning this information gave us the best possible way to assist our RAs during their training.

As for me meeting my RAs, as their Hall Director I knew that first impressions were everything. I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was doing and they had confidence in me. Since I have never had supervising experience before, I have been trying to be as organized as possible, take their opinions into consideration, and make sure everybody feels included. When planning things out, I try to be as organized as possible. I want my RAs to know what is going to happen every day we are in training.

I also try to make sure that my office is organized and clean, so that the RAs can find supplies as needed. With going over expectations, I have been trying to take in my RAs considerations as well. I want to make sure that they agree with everything I am putting into action. If they have concerns, I want them to be able to talk to me. They are a valued member of the team and I think that they should agree with most things I am putting into action. Lastly as we are a team that is going to be working together all year, I want to make sure they all feel included. It is important to me that no one is getting left out and that everybody’s voice is being heard. Whenever we are at different sessions or having different meetings I try to make sure everybody is talking. I also think that whenever we are having planned social time it is important that everybody gets to do something that they want. As I have been going through my fist week as a supervisor these are some techniques I have been using to make sure my team is staring off on the right foot.

Learning the supervisor role, it is important to me that I am making sure that my staff of RAs is capable to do their job. Being the person who is in charge of them, I try to make sure they have everything they need to succeed. I am always open to questions from my staff when they are unclear about things. It is better for them to know how things are done than to not know at all. Going through the position as a Hall Director I am looking forward to the experience of supervising my RAs. I will look forward to seeing how they grow as a person and a student but also how they grow in the resident assistant position as well.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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