I absolutely love Residence Life at Christopher Newport. I didn’t know where my place was at this university during my first year, and when I applied for a summer job in ResLife, I immediately was smitten with every aspect of it. Over the summer I was a resident and desk assistant, which is a hybrid role. I acted as the RA for a small group of students, but took a more passive approach at that (because it was summer and the residents are only on campus for a few weeks) and, also, the role as a desk assistant, helping people get into their rooms when they lose their ID and ensuring the safety of the residence hall.
Last year I applied to be a school-year year RA, and unfortunately, I was not selected for the job, however, that just made me more driven to get there. This year, I still work in Residence Life as a front desk assistant in a freshman residence hall, and I am reapplying for the RA position.
Applying to be an RA at Christopher Newport is a pretty long and thorough process that takes almost the full academic year to complete. We want to make sure that we have qualified people who are taking responsibility over residents. This year I have gotten past the point at which I was cut off last year, so I’m really proud of myself and how I’ve grown. I’m so thankful for Christopher Newport and the Department of Residence Life for helping me grow along the way. Fingers crossed that I get the job for next year! Wish me luck Y’all!