The Resident Assistant, (a.k.a. RA), is a full-time student. RAs have typically lived in the residence halls for at least a year and have been through some of the things that new students will go through. The RAs have been carefully selected and trained in such areas as peer counseling, activity programming, substance abuse, and other areas necessary for the job. RAs are not cops, parents, therapists or social directors. RAs are in a position to help enforce the rules and most importantly help the students adjust and get along during the year. These people enjoy working with others and have taken this role in order to help people. Rules are necessary and RAs must enforce them in order to keep their job and continue to pay for their education. When you arrive, please give the RAs the respect they deserve. They work hard to help you. Please work hard to help them.