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Meet the New RA’s: Part II

Scroll down to learn about the other brand-new Resident Assistants from Jasper, Chrysostom and Overlook.

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Name: Sheena Mullan

Residence Hall & Floor: Jasper Hall, 4th floor

Why did you decide to become an RA? It was an opportunity to give back to the student community my final year at Manhattan.

What is the hardest part of being an RA? Not being able to procrastinate as much as I normally do.

Favorite thing about being an RA? Working with Brother Robert…and the free t-shirt.

 Would you recommend being an RA to an underclassman? I would highly recommend being an RA to underclassmen.

 Tips to the students who live on your floor: If you like CCR you’re alright by me.

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Name: Alyssa Garraffo

Residence Hall & Floor: Jasper Hall, 4th floor

Why did you decide to become an RA? I decided to become an RA to get more involved on campus during my senior year and to help freshmen truly enjoy their first year on campus.

What is the hardest part of being an RA? The hardest part is definitely balancing school work with all of the duties and programs that come with being an RA.

Favorite thing about being an RA? I’m really lucky to work with a fun group of RAs in Jasper. No matter what we are doing as a building, I always end up having a great time.

Would you recommend being an RA to an underclassman? I would absolutely recommend becoming an RA to an underclassman.  I’ve had a memorable experience so far.

Tips to the students who live on your floor: Keep the chocolate chip cookies coming 🙂

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Name: Julia Chesterman

Residence Hall & Floor: Jasper Hall, 3rd Floor

Why did you decide to become an RA? Both my freshman and sophomore year I had really great RA’s. They definitely influenced me. I wanted to have to opportunity to be there for other students just as they were for me.

What is the hardest part of being an RA? The hardest part would be making sure that I keep my time balanced. There are a lot of responsibilities but just means making sure you stay organized and on top of everything.

Favorite thing about being an RA? Being an RA has provided me with another way to be more involved at Manhattan. It has allowed me the opportunity to meet so many more students and faculty.

Would you recommend being an RA to an underclassman? Absolutely! It has been a great experience and opportunity to get more involved in the Manhattan community.

Tips to the students who live on your floor: All my J3 residents are really great! So I would say keep being awesome!

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Name: Katie Smolko

Residence Hall & Floor: Chrysostom Hall, 3rd Floor

Why did you decide to become an RA? I decided to become an RA for a couple of reasons. I really love MC, and this is a great way to give back to a place that’s given me so much. Additionally, I thought it would be a great way to expand my network–meet new people. The free room and board also played a factor.

What is the hardest part of being an RA? In my opinion, being an RA is most difficult when one of your residents does something out of character and you have to report it, knowing that’s not how they usually act.

Favorite thing about being an RA? My favorite thing about being an RA is getting the opportunity to share my experience with my residents. Since I have all freshmen girls, I feel like an older sister teaching them the ins and outs of the college.

Would you recommend being an RA to an underclassman? I would definitely recommend being an RA. Sure, it is a lot of work at times, but all in all it’s worth it (thus far, I’ve only been an RA for about a month now)!

Tips to the students who live on your floor: Get out and learn everything there is to learn about your new school! Be smart and safe!

*Photos by Kevin Fuhrmann*

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