Resident assistants (RAs) are a big part of any college campus. If you’re unfamiliar, they’re fellow students who live in your residence hall and ensure that students are healthy and upholding university standards. The RAs at Christopher Newport go above and beyond to ensure everyone on campus is safe and happy.
RAs at Christopher Newport are a part of the Residence Hall Association (RHA). This student organization is open for anyone to join, not just RAs. They host fun events on campus every semester. Last year, they had a tie-dye event where any student could come and dye a shirt for free! It was an absolute blast (and I still wear the shirt I made). This year, they’ve been working with Student Assembly to hold a town hall meeting where any student can come and express their thoughts on the idea of introducing gender-neutral housing on campus.
Personally, the RAs I’ve had have always added a very sweet and personal touch to their work. They always smile and say hello to me. They also host events for the hall, like movie nights. It’s a great way to destress and relax with your hallmates. They’re a lot more than your friend though, they also can help you with any questions you have (like registration, extracurriculars or just about anything else). Our RAs do more, and that’s what makes them so special.