Residence Life  
 

 

Interested in being a Resident Assistant?

 
New RA Applicants Returning RA Applicants  
 
The Residence Life Department is currently looking for qualified students to fulfill open RA positions for the upcoming academic year!
 
In order to be considered for the RA position you must meet the following criteria:
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore or above class standing in the fall
  • Must be able to return to campus in Mid-August for training
  • Submit an on-line application: new applicants; returning applicants
  • Submit a resume to reslife@aquinas.edu
  • Submit five references using the online reference form:
    • Two professional references (coaches, teachers, professors, supervisors, etc.)
    • Three peer references (friends, classmates, teammates, roommates, etc.)
 
New RA Applicants
The application consists of demographic information as well as seven essay questions. It is recommended that you prepare your answers to these questions in advance, as you will not be able to save the application form once it is open.
The questions can be found below:
  1. Why do you want to be a Resident Assistant?
  2. What experiences have you had on campus in the past year that inspired you to become a Resident Assistant?
  3. What personal qualities do you feel you posses which would help you in the Resident Assistant position?
  4. What do you hope to learn or gain from this position, and how will it help you in your future goals?
  5. In the past year, how have you grown in your understanding of diversity? What other areas do you think you need to learn more about?
  6. Identify at least two aspects of residence hall life that you would like to change and describe how you would go about changing them.
  7. Describe a time when you challenged the viewpoint someone else had - what was the outcome of that conversation?
 
Returning RA Applicants
If you are currently a Resident Assistant and would like to re-apply for the upcoming academic year it is recommended that you prepare your answers to the essay questions before you begin the application, as you will not be able to save the application form once it is open.
The questions can be found below:
  1. What do you believe will be the benefits to you of another year in the Resident Assistant position?
  2. What are your strengths you have noticed in this position, and what aspects do you need to improve on?
  3. Describe three weaknesses with the R.A. program (training, staff relations, job, etc) and what work would you, as a returning R.A., do to alleviate these weaknesses?
  4. How would your fellow R.A’s evaluate you as a team player? As it relates to next year, would you make any changes?
  5. Please list any involvements you anticipate during the next year that would require your time outside of the hall?
  6. Based upon the current Area on campus, where do you see yourself working best and why?
  7. As you reflect upon the goals you made at the beginning of the year (job-related, social, academic), which goals did you meet and which goals did you fall short of accomplishing?  What obstacles did you encounter?
 
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