On March 7, the Residence Life unit of Student Affairs held an information session for students interested in taking up Resident Assistant (RA) positions.
The session is part of the recruitment process for RA positions under the AUN work-study program.
“This session gives you an opportunity to learn more about the RA position and ask any questions that you might have,” said Johnpaul Offor, who himself was an RA while a student.
Mr. Offor described the session as a journey to a great leadership experience, which, he added, would develop them by bringing out certain skills in them.
“It will help you build your career right from college. You will know how to work with people.”
Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students, Abdullahi Bello, who also addressed the aspiring RAs, said the department is committed to providing quality residential experience for students. He added that the residency training program is for students to learn how they can support other students and grow in the process.
The Chair of the Resident Assistants Council, Taslim Oladoja, spoke of the duties of an RA including counseling with regard to personal and academic concerns.
“One primary thing to keep in mind is that an RA is a role model. If hall residents notice that you are a good role model--you are open, you are friendly--they come up to you and discuss a lot of things and you are the number one person they have access to.”
Another RA, Christine Vihishima, spoke of the benefits of being an RA. She said although RAs get a free room to themselves, they are not exempted from the hall rules. Another benefit is the end of semester retreat and free brunch. As part of what she has gained from the program, she has imbibed the culture of relating better with the people she serves.
AUN recognizes that students spend over 70 percent of their time outside the classroom and the residence halls have a large share of that time. It, therefore, strives to engage students by employing fellow students to help in residence hall activities. This is one of the reasons why the AUN residence hall is termed a living-learning environment.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa