Why your RA is your new best friend

Why your RA is your new best friend

Resident assistants (RAs) and C.L.A.S.S. advocates (CAs) play an important role in the on-campus experience at UGA. They are typically upperclassmen who live on the same floor or wing as their residents and are responsible for fostering a positive living environment and supporting the needs of students. 

RAs perform a variety of duties, such as enforcing policies, organizing social events and educational programs, and providing support and guidance to residents. They are trained to handle a range of situations, from roommate conflicts to mental health concerns, and are often the first point of contact for students in need. 

One of the primary ways that RAs help students is by providing a sense of community and connection. They work to create a welcoming and inclusive living environment and encourage residents to get to know one another. RAs also serve as a resource for information about campus resources, activities and events, and can help students navigate the college experience. 

For students who live in dorms, building a relationship with their RA can be a great way to get involved and feel connected to the campus community. Here are a few tips for getting to know your RA: 

  • Attend floor meetings and events: RAs often organize social events and educational programs for their residents. Attending these events is a great way to meet your RA and get to know your fellow residents 
  • Stop by their room: RAs typically have an open-door policy, which means you can stop by their room to say hello or ask a question 
  • Share your interests and goals: RAs are there to support you and help you achieve your goals. Sharing your interests and goals with your RA can help them provide more targeted support and guidance 
  • Take advantage of their expertise: RAs are often well-connected on campus and can provide information about resources and opportunities that you may not be aware of (for example, who’s the best professor to take that o-chem class with) 

In conclusion, RAs play a crucial role in housing by fostering a sense of community, providing support and guidance, and promoting a positive living environment. For first-year students, building a relationship with their RA can be a great way to feel connected to the campus community and get the support they need to thrive at UGA.