Last updated: September 24. 2013 2:10PM - 444 Views
Kelly Johnson Simple Gifts

Courtesy photoA residential event held at the beginning of this year at Emory and Henry.
Courtesy photoA residential event held at the beginning of this year at Emory and Henry.
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(Editor’s note: Kelly Johnson is a Simple Gifts Fund Scholar and a graduate from Hobbton High School. She is double majoring in history and religion at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and is a junior.)

Upon entering my junior year of college I wanted to get involved in something that really impacted other people. I wanted to be in a position to help people daily and help create a strong sense of community. I wanted to be able to answer questions as well as listen to others when needed. It became clear to me that I needed to be a resident advisor. Therefore, I went through the application process, was hired, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I am an RA in Weaver Dormitory at Emory & Henry College. I have about 17 residents on my all girl hall and the bond I have created with them already is amazing. When I am working with my residents I do things such as hall programs. This is where I throw an event that is free for the residents. It involves an activity and usually some sort of food. Thursday, Sept. 24, we are going to do a hall program that consists of ty-dying shirts. The girls are very excited. Later on I will be hosting a hall program for finals that will consist of a pillow fight to help relieve stress. I am also trying to work in bonding activities as well.

I also do regular rounds when I am on my duty night which is one night out of the week; and one weekend out of the month. This consists of going to different buildings that are within my area and checking on residents. I have to make sure that they follow things such as our alcohol policy. Unfortunately there are times where people break a policy and need to be reprimanded and documented; but this is a very small portion of a job.

This is my first time as an RA so my experience level is low. What I do know is that this is an extremely rewarding position. Any student who values connection, community, leadership, and friendship would appreciate this position. I know that over the course of the month I have become a mother/older sister like figure to all of my residents. They come to me with issues and enjoy my company. Not only am I making a difference by acting as a leader and a role model for for residents; but the interactions I have with them, impact and make me a better person as well. It is truly a very rewarding experience. I hope to continue to be an RA for the rest of my time here at Emory & Henry.

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