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Top 30 Residential Advisors Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 2 of 31
What activities would you create for your residents?
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"I have a lot of great ideas and resources to draw on for activities. I would love to plan a games night, co-ed baseball tournament, and a flag football game. I think it would be wonderful to start a volunteer initiative as well for those students who are interested in giving back to their community."
As an RA you will need to exercise some creativity when it comes to activities for your residents. Assure the interviewer that you have some great ideas and that you will keep them coming!
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Question 3 of 31
Provide an experience in which your observation of a student helped you to identify unusual behavior.
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"Last year I noticed one of the residents was not participating in group activities anymore. Earlier in the year she was very involved and outgoing so this was unusual behavior. I took her out for coffee and asked her what I could do. It turns out she suffered from depression and was having a difficult time. I supported her through it and she agreed to see a doctor who got her into counseling. We remained accountability partners for the year."
As an RA you will be required to keep an eye out for students who may be struggling in one way or another. Your responsibility as an RA is to be a leader, a mentor, and a trustworthy ear. Discuss with the interviewer your experience with assisting a student who has displayed unusual behavior. Be sure to not break any confidentiality while providing your example.
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Question 4 of 31
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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"I feel that my greatest weakness is that sometimes I can be a bit too blunt when it comes to truth-telling. Many of my peers appreciate it but some do not. I am working on my ability to add sensitivity to my delivery when I speak and so far, so good!"
We all have weaknesses of some sort and that is absolutely okay to admit. Talk to the interviewer about what you feel your greatest weakness is and be sure to discuss what you are currently doing, or willing to do, to improve. Be sure to avoid an answer that would be crucial to your success in this role (IE: I want to be an RA but I have a fear of people).
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Question 5 of 31
How would you handle a fight amongst your residents?
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"If I became aware of residents fighting I would follow the school's protocol for conflict. The action that I would take would depend on the severity of the conflict and whether bullying or physical force was involved. I have zero tolerance for unrest in residence as it needs to be a comfortable space for everyone."
In a residence setting you will come across individuals who may not always get along. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of managing peer related conflict in a quick and effective manner.
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Question 6 of 31
Why do you want to be an RA?
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Question 7 of 31
Do others respect and listen to you?
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Question 8 of 31
If you could change or improve anything about your college, what would it be?
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Question 9 of 31
Describe for me a time when you failed at something and how you responded.
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Question 10 of 31
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 11 of 31
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
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Question 12 of 31
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 13 of 31
Who would you say inspires you?
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Question 14 of 31
After receiving information from your supervisor, how do you ensure you properly communicate this information to your team?
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Question 15 of 31
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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Question 17 of 31
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 18 of 31
Provide an example when your ethics were tested.
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Question 19 of 31
Why are you the best person for this position?
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Question 20 of 31
If you notice your residents are not participating in your activities, what would you do?
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Question 21 of 31
What does diversity mean to you?
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Question 22 of 31
Are you a patient person?
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Question 23 of 31
What is leadership to you?
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Question 24 of 31
Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
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Question 25 of 31
Do you work well in high stress and pressure situations?
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Question 26 of 31
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 27 of 31
What were your reasons for selecting our college or university?
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Question 28 of 31
How was your college experience?
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Question 29 of 31
Share an effective method you have used to enforce rules and regulations.
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Question 30 of 31
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Question 31 of 31
In five minutes or less, pick a topic you are passionate about, but isn't something I should know of, and explain it to me.
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Question 1 of 31
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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In five years, I will hopefully be working in a hospital, prepping to go back to school to get my masters degree in anesthesia.
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Clinical rounds, medical school.
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Working as an air traffic controller or flight dispatcher.
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Hopefully finishing up getting my bachelor in social work, and on my way to finding a good starter job in the area of mental health.
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Teaching, and coaching at a high school.
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In 5 years I hopefully see myself working in some type of agency or group home working with troubled youth suffering from mental illness'
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Hopefully in a group home or agency that helps deal with troubled youth who are dealing with mental illnesses.
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In 5 years, I will be an officer in the air force, where I will be in charge of a group of recruits. I want to be a leader for a long time and be responsible.
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In 5 years I see myself graduating from Auburn University with a business degree. I will be thinking about returning to auburn to get my masters or trying to find a job in the southeast United States.
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In 5 years, I see myself graduated from Northern Illinois and accepting a job opportunity for a business firm in Chicago and builiding a lef.
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Just graduated and starting my career.
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Getting my masters in accounting.
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Working at a restaurant being a manager and working to open my own business.
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A leader of some company.
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Successful manager of a firm.
Question 2 of 31
What activities would you create for your residents?
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Ones that involve the outdoors. It's good to get outside after you've been stuck in your dorm studying or just bored doing nothing. Good to get fresh air.
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Inclusive events that cover a range of academic, sporting and social areas.
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I would like to create a mini international night where we talk about where we come from and learn about each other's cultures.
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Movie night, bake and decorate cookies, piñata, Christmas party, pumpkin carving or decorating, beads, study abroad info. Night, balloon dart paint.
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I would like to create some activities that could definitely be done in the lounge on my floor, so it can be used as a common meeting space for people interested in the event. This could include making cards for veterans, having a movie night, or hosting informational or educational debates.
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I would try to create events that appeal to more extroverted residents as well as the more introverted residents. Things like movie nights or game nights would be common ground that most residents would enjoy.
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Floor events like grocery bingo, or a floor game night, and activities to go do outside the floor like apple picking in september, and going to a pumpkin patch in october.
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Depending on the majors of my students, I'd try to create activities that reflected each of theirs every now and then. I'd like to do team-building activities so the residents would get to know one another and be more comfortable. I think board game nights, movie nights, and other fun activities would be helpful. I would like to hold a study night too.
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Some activities that I will create for my residents are floor programs monthly were they can learn but also have a nice time with other residents from the floor.
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I would create social events along with diversity and educational events. I would do fun awareness programs for instance about drinking and would have my residents try to play mario kart while wearing drunk goggles. I would get to know what different types of ethnic groups I have in my floor/building and have a multicultural night. There would be different food from every area, along with fun facts, and personal stories from those residents home country. I would even do a program to bring awareness about LGBT.
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I want to create activities three different types of activities. One is social events such as exploring the Short North through a scavenger hunt, cooking with my residents, getting involved within our community such as all volunteering for a marathon, etc.. Those activities will allow residents to connect to each other and have fun while doing so. I also think it is important to have academic events such as having a professor or faculty member come in to talk about a certain part of academics such as time management etc. Lastly I want to create events where residents will be able to reflect and have discussions that is very relevant to their lives such as talking about Women's Health.
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I would plan a game night where the residents can all get together and socialize and just have fun. I would also do movie nights where we can relax after a long stressful week.
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Nail Night. Fun for girls. Get together and bake cupcakes and decorate together. Or even like color in adult coloring books.
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Activities for my residents to socialize and get to know one another so that we can unify the community and also allow for them to get connected with the university.
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Activities that encourage students from all backgrounds to interact, lots of variety to get all residents interested at some point.
Question 3 of 31
Provide an experience in which your observation of a student helped you to identify unusual behavior.
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I once had a student that would be very disruptive, and disrespectful. Although she she said she didnt wanna be in class, it turns out her actions were just done as a source of attention. After speaking to her teachers and parents, it was clear that the student just needed support.
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While teaching a course, there was a student who I noted was often absent from class and sleeping when she was in attendance.
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A student was seen out of his room less, sleeping long hours and much less social and withdrawn than what he had been.
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One thing I picked up on quite recently was my resident advisor's behavior; I noticed that he had been feeling somewhat sad and also had to take time off (and the residents in the hall received in an email about it as well). I was able to find out that someone close to him had passed away rather recently, and I began to also wonder how I could help him out; I recognized that he needed time to recover, and probably some isolation, but I still knew that he also needed support.
Question 4 of 31
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness is seeming shy at first. It takes me a little bit to warm up to people. I am putting myself in numerous situations where I need to branch out and become more social right off the bat versus in a couple of hours of knowing people.
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My greatest weakness is that I am very critical of myself. However, I am working on improving that by taking a step back and surveying the situation. I am asking myself, "did I do the best I could", "were there things that happened that were out of my control?" "And how did that impact the situation"
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I am a little bit of a control freak, so I like to know exactly what's going on and with who and where. I would have to be more accepting, and not as controlling with residents who are different than me.
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Greatest weakness would probably be that I second guess myself too much.
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Greatest weakness is that I second guess my self too much.
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My greatest weakness would have to be that I trust too easily. This is a weakness because I have been in situations where I have trusted people who are not very reliable and have left me to do something on my own. I wouldn't say I trusted too easily that people took advantage of me but enough that they would leave things for me to do.
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My greatest weakness is letting anxiety take over. I am improving this by destining myself from it.
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I don’t like to ask people for help when I need it. I sometimes overcommit myself and then get really stressed out. I am working on it by asking for help on smaller things, before I get really stressed out. That way when I have bigger issues it is not as hard for me to ask someone for help.
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I'm too critical of my own work. This causes me to spend more time on a situation than necessary. Recognizing this has helped me Realize I don't need to spend so much time critiquing my work. I proofread or go over what I've done once and move on.
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Too self critical. I hav learned that wastes valuable Time. I recognize this behavior and am taking steps to rectify this. I will look over something once and move on.
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Perfection. Proof once and move on.
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It is hard for me to say no to people when they ask me to help them with something or when they ask me to hang out. From this I have been able to better manage my time.
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Finding a balance in life, Sometimes I get too invloved in things, such as school and work.
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My greatest weakness would be probably trying to do too much at once, and having a difficult time saying "no" when asked to do something for a co-worker, friend, or family member.
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Greatest weakness .. Leadership. Also speaking in front of big groups I often get nervous, but if I know them better I'm usually fine. I think the RA position is a great way to become more comfortable with doing this, and an opportunity for me to grow. Preparedness is the best way to beat nervousness when speaking.
Question 5 of 31
How would you handle a fight amongst your residents?
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First issue would be to break it up. I would separate the individuals by placing them out of sight of the other. In this particular situation there is more than one side to the story. Their side and then the truth. I would hear each side and then speak from that point of view and bring up why it is important to get along and how occurrences such as this reflect badly on them as students.
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I would speak to both residence individually to find out what occurred that caused the incident to escalate into violence. I would question witnesses if there are any available. After considering both stories I would find a resolution to where both parties could agree on in preventing the incident from happening again.
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I would firstly break up the fight between the individuals and calm everyone down. Once that occurs,
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I would talk to each of them individually and create a plan, then I would talk to them together and have them understand each other so the plan could work.
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Hear out each side of the story, come up with a resolution, if nothing works talk to the ARD and RD
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The best way to deal with such a situation would be to sit both of the residents down for them to calmly explain to the other resident what it is that they want and what it is that is bothering them. Then once both residents have openly discussed their sides, a compromise could potentially be reached by mediating the discussion between the residents.
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I would schedule a meeting with those who are involved, establish ground rules and what matters had gone wrong so that they would not occur in the future and that the residents can live mutually with one another.
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Figure out what the situation is. Enter situation without assumptions or bias. Listen to both sides of argument. Discuss issue and possible solutions with residents. If necessary, ask fellow RA(s) and/or AD for assistance.
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If it's a physical fight, I'd try to break it with verbal reprimands and then immediately call my hall director or someone else who could help me not hurt myself but diffuse the situation as fast as possible. If it's a verbal fight I'd calm down both parties then have us all talk it out.
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If there is a fight among my residents I would have a word with each student involved individualy. After having a word with the students is my job to create a positive enviroment with them again.
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I would verbally ask them to stop fighting, and if they do not, I will call the RHD on duty and Public Safety to get them to stop fighting. I would then sit them down, and figure out why the fight occurred. Ideally, I would be able to get them to talk about their problem(s) so there is not any more in the future. I would also do an IR after words.
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I would individually talk to them and find out what the cause of the problem. Then I would talk to both of them and see if it can be resolved.
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Mediation with the both of them. Can not solve a problem without positive confrontation and communication.
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I would make it a priority to remain objective and attempt to facilitate a discussion in which all sides of the story are shared. If this were to fail, I would consult a person with more experience as an RA or a Resident Coordinator.
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If there were a fight amongst my residents, my primary concern would be their safety and everyone else's. I would diffuse the situation, and act as a mediator between the two residents, and if need be, call my supervisor.
Question 6 of 31
Why do you want to be an RA?
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I want to be a Resident Advisor because I can share my university experiences with the other students, both the bad and good. I also want to be a person that my residents would feel comfortable to talk to and that they know I understand their struggles and my willingness to give them any assistance they need.
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I would love to be given the opportunity to offer my services to help assist individuals on life skills such as gaining employment, GED, cooking, cleaning, parenting, shopping, laundry, budgeting and prioritizing what is urgent vs. Important. As a RA I have the people skills needed to make a difference in many lives by educating individuals on life skills so that these individuals to be successful and productive in their lives and in the community. I feel I can provide the tools necessary in helping individuals become responsible, successful and productive. I would love to empower residents through education that you can achieve your goals and dreams.
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I want to be an RA because I had a great experience living in my college dorm and I realize that a large piece of that was due to the fact that I felt a sense of community in my hall and that I felt connected to the people I was living with. Therefore, I want to create this environment for others.
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I want to be an RA because I want to help people make the most of the college experience, while also being someone to count on.
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I want to be an RA for both personal and professional reasons.
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I want to share my positive experiences from living in residential dorm life with upcoming freshman and act as a community facilitator for Syracuse university. I also want to integrate residents in an environment where they feel comfortable enough to express themselves and grow as individuals.
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I want to be an RA because I love connecting with people. *talk about shyness in Jr High > high school, mb >leadership*. I also want to get more involved on campus...I love helping people.
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I want to be an RA honestly because I think it's a job I'd be good at. I have first and foremost a great adaptability and an eagerness to learn. I like to push myself and constantly grow, as well as encourage others to do the same. I have a healthy respect for the rules and great organizational skills, which I think would help me give my residents everything they need. I also think I would really enjoy it, I'd like having so many new people to connect with and the leadership role.
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I want to be an RA because it would help me improve my leadership and management skill as well as help me grow as more mature person. It would also improve my values to be a role model.
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I want to be an RA because I love to inspire people. I want to be the person everyone on the floor feels comfortable with and be the person they come to whenever there is a problem. I will be able to encourage them with whatever they want to do, help them get involved, and help them with whatever problem they are facing. I also love putting on programs, as I have experienced throughout my position as USHA's Programming Committee Chair. I have a weird obsession with door decorations as well. Furthermore, I want to enforce the different rules and policies UCM has set forth and relay information to my residents for important things such as check outs. I love being able to help people and seeing them succeed.
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I have some qualities that an RA should have. Leader, work well with others, helpful and more. As an RA, the residents look up to me like a role model and I want them to know that they can always count on me. Being a leader means that I can organize and prepare for unexpected situations. I also work well with everyone.
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I am passionate about meeting new people and being able to connect with them on different levels. I feel as if it is very important for others to know that there is someone in their corner rooting for them and I can be that person.
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I want to be an RA because living on campus has been such a wonderful experience for me. I want to create the home away from home feeling for others. I also would gain valuable skills for the future.
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I want to be an RA because I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I have been successful in my first year here, but I don't want to just focus on myself for the next three years. I want to help other people be achieve their goals and be successful as well.
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Growing as a person, impact on others, connection with lifeguarding.
Question 7 of 31
Do others respect and listen to you?
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Yes, because I earn respect and carry myself to show that I respect myself. I do not demand respect and I listen to others, so they listen to me because they can relate to me.
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Yes, during my freshman year I got involved in a lot of clubs and now in my sophomore year I have a 4 year internship and hold 2 E-board positions as well as work as a Main Desk Assistant at Sadler Hall where I not only promote teammwork with my other co-interns, E-board members, and co-workers but work with diligence to get the job done.
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I think others definitely do. I try to be very confident and sure of my beliefs. People know I won't be pushed into something I don't want to do, if it crosses my values. I think people listen to me because I've learned techniques to best talk to people about things without being combative, like "I" messages and such.
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From experience I have had respect from other people and the necessary attention with I need to be listen.
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Yes, other people do listen to me. For instance, throughout my time as Programming Committee Chair for USHA, I have gotten the respect from my committee, exec board, and other USHA reps for not only holding that position, but for my leadership skills as well.
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Others do generally listen to me. They know that what I say is what I mean.
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I can honestly say that I respect each of my peers and they respect and listen to me as well.
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I believe so, mostly because I respect and listen to others.
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Based off my past experiences in my other jobs, people respect and listen to me as long as I do the same for them.
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Yes, as a former high school soccer and lacrosse captain, I have seen what people respond to as being respectable, and what works best to communicate with people.
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Yes, I have had a few different experiences where there were people who looked up to me and came to me for advice or listened to what I had to say (soccer team, baby sitting, team leader at mcdonalds)
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Yes, because I'm not big on small talk and not super chatty, so when speak people know I have something to say so they listen.
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Yes, I'm not one for small talk and my peers know this. So when I talk it's because I have something to say and they listen. My opinions are form d by gathering info from a variety of sources and people know is and value and respect what I gave to say.
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Other's do respect and listen to me when I share my opinion and thoughts.
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Yes, I think that they do. I often find myself in leadership positions, whether at work or in my friendship group. I often find myself giving advice when asked for it, and I enjoy helping people in this manner.
Question 8 of 31
If you could change or improve anything about your college, what would it be?
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Inclusion. I feel that much progress has been made today in comparison to what college life may have been before, but I still feel improvement can occur towards helping people build positive relationships and make connections with many different kinds of people on campus.
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I think that not enough people are active on campus. Though it's hard with the cold weather, I'd like to see more open friendliness and people being involved on campus and spending time with each other.
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If I could change or improve something about my college it would be to have open activities one a month were students can have a moment to interact with each other.
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I would actually work on getting free laundry for the residence halls, much like you guys are already trying to do for next year. I would also have keys for the mail boxes because most residents struggle getting into them.
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One thing I would improve at my university is our school spirit, we attend a great university and I would love each student to be proud of that.
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I would make it possible to be matched with a roommate based on compatibility. I would also like to see more people speaking to people they recognize.
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I love this school, however, I would love to have a new light up VU sign in front of the Reinhart building.
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Go green, update the dorms/
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I would improve the older dorm buildings. We need AC, and upgraded bathrooms, and furniture.
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More events, helping people get to know eachother.
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I would have more events and more advertising to get more people out and involved in school activities.
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Make the students more engaged in socializing with each other.
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I don’t think we have a ton of school spirit. The students at sporting events don’t really dress up for the event when there is a theme. There is low attendance at some really cool events and I think our student body could just get more involved in the college in general.
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I would like to see the campus become a smoke free campus. I would like to see the choices in dining hall improve. I'd like to let the students have a say in the dining hall food contractors.
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I'd like smoke free campus.
Question 9 of 31
Describe for me a time when you failed at something and how you responded.
Question 10 of 31
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
Question 11 of 31
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
Question 12 of 31
What are your salary expectations?
Question 13 of 31
Who would you say inspires you?
Question 14 of 31
After receiving information from your supervisor, how do you ensure you properly communicate this information to your team?
Question 15 of 31
What work situations excite and motivate you?
Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Question 17 of 31
Tell me about yourself.
Question 18 of 31
Provide an example when your ethics were tested.
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This is a hard question because my ethics have been questioned a lot. When I was working at Family Video, one of my coworkers wanted to take a twix and just pay for it tomorrow because he did not have any money on him. I told him that I wasn't okay with it, but he did it anyways and tried to convince me not to tell me manager. I thought about it for a good five minutes because I did not want to break that relationship with my coworker, but I knew it was not the right thing to do. So, I excused myself to the bathroom and I called my manager. I told him what was going on and he made a "surprise visit" to the store and saw my coworker eating it. He asked if he paid for it and my coworker did not lie to him about it. It was a hard decision because that coworker was fired right on the spot and I ended up having to work by myself for three hours whenever I really needed a second person there.
Question 19 of 31
Why are you the best person for this position?
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I am the best person for this passionate for numerous reasons. I am passionate about student affairs. I really like my past experiences as a Summer Conference Staff Assistant and the conference MACURH. I also am enjoying my OA position and even considering getting my Master's in Student Affairs because of it. I pour my heart and soul into whatever I do. It is just who I am and it makes me happy to do so. I do more than what is required of me, which is definitely something you need in a CA because they should be willing to establish a sense of community within their residence halls. I definitely am and I would make sure of that through communication and showing them that I really do care about each individual on my floor.
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I am driven, reliable, and I work great with other people. I love to work in teams, and to have plans, and I love organizing and helping people.
Question 20 of 31
If you notice your residents are not participating in your activities, what would you do?
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Ask them directly for their help in one of the activities. If it is a partnering activity I would assign this person as my partner.
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I would personally go and knock on their door. An email would be impersonal and the resident may choose to not respond, so speaking with the resident in person and inviting them to floor events or a one-on-one coffee would help the resident feel more comfortable with his or her floormates.
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I would ask my residents what activities they would participate in, maybe the things I planned aren't fun to them so I'd ask them what they'd want to and try to plan things that incorporate these.
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I would encourage the resident to join different activities. I would ask them what they are interested in, and based off of that, I would encourage them to join different organizations based off of what they are interested in. For instance, even though I am not a criminal justice major, if one of my residents was interested in that, I would point them in the direction of the criminal justice fraternity and show them where they can find other organizations on campus as well.
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Keep reaching out one on one and ask why.
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If they weren't participating in my activities, I would ask them about it. I would see if there is anything that I can do differently to make them more appealing, and see if they had any suggestions.
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I would try to publicize them more, or have an event that is more interesting to them. I would also talk to my residents about why they are not attending.
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Ask them for their ideas and what it is that they would like to see happening and going on so that they will participate in events.
Question 21 of 31
What does diversity mean to you?
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Diverisity to me means people from different enthnicities t.
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Diversity is very important to me as well as promoting an inclusive and safe environment for all individuals. There are a lot of great organizations on campus that are very accepting and open to building relationship with many different kinds of people. My first year at Syracuse I joined Wellslink Leadership, an academic excellence and leadership program for first-year students of color which helped me build wonderful relationships with people and feel included. I think people's individuality is what makes them beautiful and people need to both embrace it as well as accept it from others.
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Diversity means to me having all kinds of people present. Not just of different races, sexualities, religions, or things like that but people with different music tastes, hair colors, hopes and dreams, etc. Diversity means an openness to learn from these people and widen your world view.
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Diversity means to me a lot of things. It means to me having different people in some way, whether it be their personality, their ethnicity, where they were born, how they were raised, and their belief systems. Everyone is different, so our residence halls are definitely diverse, especially with the different international students we have.
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Diversity is more than working with different people from various backgrounds, its getting to know others for who they are and accepting that you may not be the same at all. Diversity lets you see everything from a different perspective.
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Diversity, to me, means many different types of people, living cohesively in an environment that is beneficial for everyone.
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Diversity means a variety of different people from different backgrounds, with different life events.
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Lots of different people with different cultures from different countries.
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Variety of backgrounds and life experience all vald.
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Diversity is being able to intact with people that have a different background or inside story than what you normally are surrounded by.
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Diversity is having a variety of differences in one place or organization.
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To me, diversity is a place such as tech exposed to many people of different race, sex, gender, and cultures.
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Diversity, to me means inclusivity, everyone who wants to be included is included and spoken for. My belief stems from the ideas of the American Revolution. NO taxation without representation. Although, no one is necessarily being taxed.
Question 22 of 31
Are you a patient person?
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Yes, I believe patience is an essential quality when working with other people and dealing with life in general. It's not easy to always be patient, but when people are they have less stress in their life and deal with matters more calmly.
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I am very patient when it comes to others. I think that there's no need to stress over things and be overbearing. I think if you take the time, explain a situation to someone and give them a chance to learn, you get much better results.
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Yes I am a patient person. I have four younger siblings, who I have definitely had to be patient with growing up and still am now. Actually, one of my favorite sayings is the hardest thing to do is wait patiently. I strive for that, especially since it is something my dad has articulated in the past to me.
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Yes I am, working at Starbucks, you needed a lot of patients in order to help those customers that have no idea what they want.
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Mostly. Depends on situation.
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Yes, even though I like to know the answer now and right away sometimes, I have no problem waiting for something.
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Yes. On paint crew I had to walk them through all the procedures.
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Yes, I work in a nursing home so you have to be patient. The residents do not always fully understand or cannot do something as efficient as you can so it is important to be patient so they know that is it okay to take time.
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I am a fairly patient person. I have dealt with a number of situations that have tested my patients, and I am glad to say it went well.
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Yes, as a camp councilor I have learned that patience is very important when in a leadership role so that you can help others.
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I believe so. For the past 2.5 years, I have worked with two year olds at a church back home. Potty training them, teaching them not to bite or pick their nose, and to not hit each other during story or play time certainly helps to foster patience in a person.
Question 23 of 31
What is leadership to you?
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I believe leadership is acting as a role model for others.
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Leadership is being the person that makes sure everyone's needs are met and that they have a voice. It's the person who makes sure the group is doing what pleases everyone, and setting a good example. Being a leader means someone who chooses to blaze their own path because they feel it is right, in spite of what others may believe, and therefore encourage others to be themselves too.
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Leadership to me is someone who has respect from people, is responsible, someone that people look up to, and has integrity. It is those people who can lead, yet follow when need be. Leaders know how to be a problem-solver whenever the time is needed for it. They are typically the ones who are passionate about something and want to do something about whatever they are passionate about.
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Leadership is taking responsibility for your actions and holding yourself accountable for your decisions so that you can set the best example.
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Leadership is being a part of a team and working hard.
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Leadership to me, is being a role model to other people. Leading by example and trying to always do whats right.
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Humility, following qualities.
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Leadership is a mix of being strong, compassionate, kind, and passionate. It is about being inspirational so that people will want to follow you.
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Showing your constituents how to do things the right way.
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Leadership to me is setting a good example for others and being able to call people out when its needed. Leaders do not always have to be vocal, a lot can said through actions and I believe that if a person can lead without words they are one of the strongest types of leaders.
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Leadership is something someone earns by showing that they care about others and are willing to show others which way the path to success is.
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Leadership is being the voice and motivator of everyone in your group. For example, a leader does not make decisions on their own, they listen to what the people want or need and make a smart decision based on that.
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To me leadership is a responsibility to take charge and help those around you so that you and those you are responsible for can reach their full potential.
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Leadership is a quality that helps develop organization and cooperation amongst a group of people who might not otherwise get along with each other or respect each other.
Question 24 of 31
Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
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Recently right before I returned to campus from winter break I had just discovered that my roommate would not be returning for the semester. It was so surprising because I was only given notice the day right before I returned and it was difficult this week for me to no longer have a roommate and my best friend with me. However, I always tell myself everything happens for a reason and I have been contacting her over the last few days letting her know how I am doing and making sure she is okay with whatever may have led to her sudden departure.
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I accidentally ripped a hole in my brand new leggings. I had just bought them, first time wearing them. I was like, how am I going to fix this as soon as possible? I googled how to sew and sewed the leggings myself.
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A major problem I recently handled was with my programming committee. We were having some problems with Siblings Weekend due to time restraints and whatnot. We ended up switching Siblings Weekend to be Siblings Day, and I am currently meeting with different members of the group during convenient times for them to not only plan their portion of the events, but also help prepare for them as well and help them bond with one another. It is just something that none of our schedules line up in order to all meet up as a group unless it is during USHA committee time. I am hoping that as the semester progresses, we will be able to meet at different times throughout the week and be able to better prepare for those situations. I also had to work with not getting the original rooms we were hoping for for Siblings Day. We are changing some of the events up a little bit by the decorations and minor games to still be able to pull this out effectively. I would say I have been successful in reworking the situation and handling the concerns adequately to still be able to accomplish our goal of Siblings Day.
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Recently my roommate and I have been having trouble sharing space. Everything down to the thermastat has caused an issue. I simply asked my roommate if we could set aside a time to discuss things before they get out of hand. We talked and came to a consensus of what needed to happen next so that there wouldnt be a fatal result.
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Boyfriends computer crashing.
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A major problem I recently handled would be when my best friend threatened to commit suicide. It was a very scary time for everyone. We notified her mom and she taken to a hospital to be checked over. She has been in counseling ever since and regularly talks to me and my parents about how she is feeling.
Question 25 of 31
Do you work well in high stress and pressure situations?
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Absolutely, I have learned to prioritize what is important and what is urgent.
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Yes, I feel at all times people must be prepared for anything. As a Main Desk Assistant at Sadler I not only have to work diligently towards promoting the best service-centered environment for students, staff, faculty, parents, and guests and completing all of my given tasks but I also have to be prepared when many things seem to be happening at once. My job and other leadership roles in the past have provided me with experiences towards working confidently in fast-paced environments and the reassurance that there are always other people that can help me when need be.
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I think I actually work better under pressure. I like to do things that push my comfort levels and I like to do things that scare me, the pressure makes it that much more exciting when it pays off.
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I work really well under pressure, and I think working under pressure helps me to do things even better.
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Yes I do. I have had to work under several time constraints throughout my jobs at Family Video and Wal-Mart. At Family Video, I had to prepare with knowledge of only a day, the store completely cleaned and organized because there was a surprise inspection the next day. At Wal-Mart, there is always more and more goals that need to be accomplished. I have had to close down the deli and the ladies section before and be out by midnight, even though that was a lot of cleaning and folding required.
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Some of my best work is the result of pressure. Things can sometimes get intense but I always work through them.
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I have recently learned that by using stress to motivate me, I can get more work done. I probably work my best under pressure.
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Schoolwork - stress/pressure; lifeguarding.
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Yes, I am involved in the soccer and lacrosse program, and I am an education major so I have to make good use of my time little or small.
Question 26 of 31
What is your greatest strength?
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Self-motivation to get things done and achieve my goals.
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I think my ability to adapt and grow as a person. I'm always trying to be better.
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My greatest strength is that I do more than what is required of me in whatever I choose to do. I am passionate about what I choose to do, which leads to me doing my best. I also take great pride in what I do. If I wouldn't want whatever I am doing to be put in the New York Times. I much rather there be an extremely positive article in the New York Times about me rather than a negative one.
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Communication and empathy.
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My greatest strength is my organization. I always keep a planner and that helps me keep my life on track!
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Being motivated and driven is my greatest strength. I am very intrinsically motivated and that helps me accomplish all of my goals.
Question 27 of 31
What were your reasons for selecting our college or university?
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I selected this university because a role model of mine went here. He loved it here and was really passionate about it whenever we discussed me going to UCM. He definitely made me rethink numerous decisions and I ended up going here. I love my experience here and am really glad I chose UCM to get my undergrad at.
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It had the mix of great academics, good proximity to home, D3 athletics, and had my twin sisters major.
Question 28 of 31
How was your college experience?
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My college experience is amazing. I love all the people I am with and the different organizations I have become a member of. I have definitely learned a lot about myself of who I am and who I want to be. I am currently still working on who I want to be and it is making my happier as time progresses.
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It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.
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It was enjoyable, fun, challenging, and rewarding.
Question 29 of 31
Share an effective method you have used to enforce rules and regulations.
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An effective method I have used to enforce rules and regulations is by giving the person a warning first and politely asking them to stop. If they do not stop, then they are written up or asked to leave depending what is going on. I have then told management about it if it needs further disciplinary actions, but usually once you ask the person to stop, they do so.
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In the past, I have used an approach method. I would approach the individual, explain what was going on, and tell them the consequences.
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Whistle; explaining the rules.
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I would hold people accountable, and make them serve the consequence no matter who they were.
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An effective method I used to enforce the rules is looking at everything as positive as I can, you don't want to be the one who right from the start is very negative and bossy. Don't seem like a hardass at first. If someone keeps disrespecting me and the rules then it is time to be a bit harder and make sure everyone understands the rules and consequences.
Question 30 of 31
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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I organize, plan, and prioritize my work by using my planner. I am able to see what I have going on and what I have left to do that I need to accomplish. I also make lists and prioritize whether it is time sensitive, for family, for academics, or for my job. I plan time if it is not already planned to accomplish different goals, and if I have the time, I will get them done immediately so I don't have to worry about it later on.
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I start with what is due or needs to be done first. So if something needs done by tomorrow I will focus on that until the next closest thing comes up. I try and plan a week in advance for smaller assignments, but I plan months ahead for bigger projects.
Question 31 of 31
In five minutes or less, pick a topic you are passionate about, but isn't something I should know of, and explain it to me.

About Residential Advisors

August 18th, 2017

Residential Advisor often known as "RA" is a career opportunity that involves the coordination of residential or private activities in schools, colleges or similar establishments. Such activities may include order supplies, repairs, maintenance and as well as counseling resources when needed.
The primary responsibility of the Resident Advisor is to oversee client care and provide a physically and emotionally safe environment by policies and procedures as it relates to substance abuse and behavioral health treatment. They have several responsibilities such as providing emergency first aid and medical assistance when needed, enforcing rules and regulations to ensure smooth and orderly operation of dormitory programs.
Expectations for this position vary depending on where a Residential Assistant is woking but qualifying for an interview; one must have a variety of skills such as leadership, approachability, and responsibility. Before an interview, a prospective Residential Advisor should think about what type of community would be a good fit for them, reflect on their personal characteristics, skills, and knowledge and also talk with current Residential Life staff to learn about the many aspects and expectations of the position.
A Residential Advisor must be proficient in crisis intervention and management, interact with participants in a responsible and empathetic manner to establish and maintain a mutual relationship.

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