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Voices on the Quad: Meet the New RAs

As students begin to file into campus, a new group of Residence Assistants are welcoming their new residents to campus. A new school year means these RA’s are assisting both freshman and returning students acclimate to campus and their new environments. The Quadrangle spoke with some RA’s to hear about their plans for the upcoming semester.

Interviews compiled by Katie Henegen, Asst. Features Editor.

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Gabby Kasper,

Class of 2020
English and Philosophy Major,

6th Floor Lee

What are you most looking forward to as your latest group of residents are getting settled into their new housing?

I’m just really excited to have the opportunity to bring people together and to get to know my residents.

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Class of 2021

Special Education Major

Jasper 4th Floor

What are you most looking forward to as your latest group of residents are getting settled into their new housing?

I’m really excited to help my freshmen residents find their own piece of Manhattan College. Starting a new chapter can be difficult and I want to help guide them to be the best version of themselves.

Any exciting plans for the upcoming semester for your residents?

I have a lot of fun programs in the works right now but what I strongly encourage is for my residents to come up to me with ideas of what they want to see or do. The only way to do successful programs is if it benefits the people the programs are for. I also promote an open door policy so the community is more intertwined will also be another way for residents to learn more about each other.

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Michael Hackett

Class of 2020

Communications Major

Horan Hall

What are you most looking forward to as your latest group of residents are getting settled into their new housing?

I’m excited to begin meeting all of my residents and creating an environment that they can call their home away from home. I’m looking forward to learning more about each of their interests so that I can incorporate them into future programming.

What is the biggest triumph and/or struggle of being an RA?

One of the main challenges of the RA position would be that it is essentially a 24/7 position. Even when you are off duty, you still need to be readily available to your residents as often as possible. At the end of the day, however, this position is one that is extremely rewarding as it will challenge you in ways you might not expect and allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and grow as an individual.

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Nadia Itani

Junior (Class of 2021)

Civil Engineering

Horan 10th Floor

What are you most looking forward to as your latest group of residents are getting settled into their new housing?

I’m honestly most excited to meet all of my new residents and build a connection with them, whether that means being a mentor to them or just being a general resource to make their experience in the residence hall safe and comfortable. I’ve got to meet them all so far but the first step to building those connections is to remember all 76 of their names.

What is the biggest triumph and/or struggle of being an RA?

I’ve only been an RA for a few weeks now but I can say that so far, the biggest triumph is when you realize your residents are comfortable with you and respect you at the same time. The greatest struggle, however, is keeping those friendships separate from the job that I need to do in order to ensure that the residents are all safe and comfortable.

How do you plan to help your freshman or new residents acclimate to their new environment here at Manhattan College?

Many of my residents are returning to the school, so I want to be there for them as a resource for whatever questions they have or advice they’re seeking. In terms of new students I plan on making myself available to speak with them about whatever they may have questions about and directing them to appropriate resources based on their concerns. I also plan on being someone they can rely on to help them out in terms of acclimating to the Manhattan College environment given that I am very involved on campus.

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