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Life as a Resident Assistant

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Life as a Resident Assistant

In her first year as a Resident Assistant, Andrea Robinson received a Christmas card from a resident named Charlotte, thanking her for helping Charlotte adjust to her new life at college. Robinson recalled that Charlotte was overcome with homesickness, as many first time students can be, and to help boost her spirits, she went with Charlotte to an opening week picnic. That made a huge difference for Charlotte and her gratitude she conveyed in the card. But the message had an extra meaning to Robinson. “I was just doing my job,” Robinson said. But knowing the difference she had made to Charlotte, she asked, “Why wouldn’t anyone want to do this for the rest of their life?”

That revelation came during Robinson’s sophomore year of college and now, 26, she is still living in residence halls interacting with students like she did with Charlotte. Robinson is in charge of more than 400 students and their RAs. “I didn’t even know that my job existed until I was a sophomore in college,” she said. Robinson has been a hall director at State U....
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