Resident Assistant Application Essay

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1) Interest in Position
Explain why you are interested in the RA position and what skills you possess that make you a good candidate for the position. My interest in a Resident Assistant position comes from my desire to help. I was born with a very strong sense of empathy and if I see that a person is struggling I do all that I can do to alleviate them. Whether it is a person with a learning disability who struggled in class to the “weirdo” in high school who just wanted a friend, I’ve been there for them. Nothing is more painful to me than seeing a person being mistreated, under respected or neglected and I do all I can to protect people from this. My goal is to make every person feel as if they have someone on their side, someone rooting for them and someone who cares about them. To me, nothing is more rewarding than to be that someone’s “someone”. I believe that all people, no matter their pasts, deserve this. As a Resident Assistant, I feel that my helpful nature will be put to good use. I want to be there for students who need advice, who need a friend, who need help getting settled into their new lives. For many, the transition into college is not an easy one and I feel that as a Resident Assistant I can be of great support to any and all who need it. 2) Personal Management

If hired as a Resident Assistant, how will you balance the demands of being a student, meeting expectations of the position, and maintaining a social life? If offered the position, outside of academics, what time commitments would you have? If hired, I don’t see time management being a problem for me. I know my responsibilities as a student and an employee are a priority and I don’t mind making social sacrifices to meet expectations placed on me by a professor or an employer. I am self-disciplined and motivated and through these I am able to use my time in a proactive and productive way. I am very time-oriented and hate being late so I conduct myself in a way to assure that all my “have to’s” are met before my “want to’s”. To keep my life running smoothly, I like to keep a weekly “Priority List”. My list consists of all the tasks I need to complete that week by order of their urgency. By keeping a schedule of what I need to accomplish I am able to optimize my time in a way so that I can fulfill my responsibilities in a timely manner. Even with my vigorous work-ethic, I do believe that personal and social time is a necessity as well. I do not fear that a commitment to being a Resident Assistant will hinder my personal and social obligations so greatly that it would deter my interest in the position. 3) Leadership

Talk about the importance of leading by example. Give an example of a role model in your life and why they are that person for you. Being the oldest of 3 daughters, I have always held the responsibility of setting a good example for my younger sisters. I believe that the way I can be most influential in impacting the way my sisters live their lives by showing them through actions how I chose to live mine. I chose to lead an exemplary life with the hope that in doing so my sisters will learn how to live theirs. Leading by example is one way of showing that actions speak louder than words. If I live admirably, then others will be more likely to follow my example so that is what I have always tried to do. Growing up, my role model was my older cousin Brittany. Brittany was a “straight A” student, a member of The National Honor Society, a varsity member of her high school’s dive team, she was beautiful and fashionable, she had a really cute boyfriend, she was confident in her abilities, she had a million friends and a great relationship with her mother and father. People naturally flock to Brittany like a magnet. To me she could do nothing wrong. I thought that Brittany had known some magical secret to life that allowed her to reach such success in all aspects of her life. I purposefully chose to live like she did by being faithful...
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