My Life as an RA

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Anyways… let’s talk about the winner mentioned on my lovely title, shall we? WE sure shall.

Last night I was on duty, and at around 130 AM I go down to lock the lounge. When I close the lounge door, a bunch of drunk people come out of the elevator to go to the bar… I hear someone throw a cup in the elevator and I asked who threw it and the last kid out said he didn’t do it (of course). One of the girls in the elevator picked up the cup for him. I have a few things to mention on his behalf:

1ST: He does not even live in our building

2nd: He goes there to get his laundry done and drink

3rd: He has no respect for anyone there (hence the thrown cup)



Next time I see him, he will get a nice loooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg talk about how I do not respect his lack of respect in my Hall. I think I might have to write this down with big eloquent words just to throw him off.

We will see =)



It’s a Tuesday night and one of your fellow RA’s gets sick and so you offer to cover the desk for them. You get ready, put on your work attire (duty duds) and do a round of the building. You get downstairs and sit on the couch as you watch residents come in. Since it is Tuesday, Hall council shows up and has a meeting for about an hour. A quick hour of duty has already gone by.

The second hour of duty begins and you go on another round of the building, everything is quite, almost too quiet as you are finishing the round on the last floor. You sit back down on the couch and this time there is no one but you there. At around 10:30 the sick RA comes back from the hospital and talks to you about how he is feeling. 15 minutes later and you are packing up again to go on another round. The round is finished and now you can stay in your room for the rest of the night.

Hour three has now begun and you are in your room minding your business when your roommate informs of you of some loud residents on the patio. You walk outside and tell them they need to be quiet or you will call public safety. As you are talking to them the cold night are is blowing on your bare skin and your legs are shaking. You give them one chance to be quiet and calm the loud drunk resident down.

Hour four and you go on the midnight round. Building is quiet again and so you go back to your apartment and skype your boyfriend.

Hour five rolls around and the last round is so close and at your finger tips. You do the round skeptically looking and waiting something is to happen, and before you know it, you are homefree in your bed getting ready to sleep.

As you begin to dose off you hear a sound, not a half hour after you get into bed, by someone shouting and stomping. You quickly gather yourself together and go directly to the location of the noise. Nothing is around and the hallway is silent. As you are on your trek back to your room, you hear a sound again and go back to check. You stumble upon the same drunk kid as earlier but this time with no shoes.

Your eyes are wanting to close but you know you have to stay awake. You ask the resident what is wrong and all he states is that his friends have disowned him. You ask him about his shoes… his response that its irrelevant and runs away. As you follow behind him on his trail to the patio you are on the phone with public safety informing them about the situation and the RDOD(resident director on duty) as well. You inform them that the resident has climbed over the railing of the patio to the other side and has now jumped onto the dumpster and down onto the parking lot.

Not knowing how exactly to react, and knowing once you step outside you will be cold again, you go for the safety of the intoxicated “friend.” You ask him to come back and he shouts NO YOU COME TO DUMPSTER AND PICK ME BACK UP!! speechles you pause and ask him to quiet down. You attempt to convince him that coming inside is the best thing. He refuses and runs away.

You are at the home stretch of the night (or so you think) once the officers arrive. Three of them for this one kid. They decide to PC (protective custody) him for the night until he sobers up.

Half an hour later and you find yourself in your boss’s office writing a report of what happened and informing some of the residents how to do so as well.

2:30AM and about an essay of a report later, you arrive in your room, lock the door, turn off the lights, crawl back into bed, flip the warm covers over you, snuggle with all your teddy bears, close your eyes, and pass out.

That is your life … Just another unexpected night for You, the RA.


I am super excited it is Friday. I work this weekend and we have senate banquet tonight! Senate Banquet is like a prom for college kids =) anyways that is not what I am here to talk about so here’s my story…

Last week was an amazingly nice week full of sunshine and warm weather. When I got back to the building I decided to sit outside on the patio with the ISO and another RA. We were having a nice conversation and than I got the call, not just any call, but the call that started it all.

One of the RA’s from the building needed me to post a sign on his door for him and so I went innocently upstairs to put a sign on his door. Once that was all set, I decided to go up the elevator to the 5th floor to grab the RA phone because I was going to be on duty that night. The elevator took too long so off I went to the stairwell.

When I opened the door to the stairwell, I literally get rammed by a big black lab and a resident trying to rush up as fast as possible. I looked at the dog and looked at him and than the dog again. I was speechless. Personally, I was dying to pet the dog and play with him, but I just couldn’t. I ask the kid what the heck he was doing with the dog. He said that he took it for his friend to go to dinner with her parents. than he said and I quote “I told her I would take the dog and I never thought I would run into the RA.” I guess today was just his lucky day =) I sent him away, but that was not the last time I saw him.

Let’s just say everything else that happened that night (which was ALOT) was revolved around this kid and his apartment. HECTIC night…but that is a story for another day =)

Here is a funny video that I know anyone can relate to if they are the RA or the resident =) ENJOY!!


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