Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which hall or group of halls is the best place for me?
Consult with the RDs and current RAs about the job and differences between halls. Get out and explore different halls. Don´t assume that "XYZ" hall is the only and best place for you if that is the only place you have ever lived.
Who should I choose as my references?
Pick people with whom you have had contact through volunteering, working, or other regular interaction. They will be able to give the best reference. Choose an RA or RD that you know well and can talk highly of you. A faculty or staff member that knows your work ethic and can let ResLife know how great you are (Faculty/staff members also include Smooth Transition Mentors, FYE Mentors, ASC Mentors and Tutors, etc).
NOTE 1: Before you write someone down as a reference, first ask them if you can use them as a reference. This is simply professional etiquette!
NOTE 2: Reference information on you may also be obtained from advisors, supervisors, RHDs, etc. who are not listed on your application, as well as from information posted on Facebook and other public resources.
What if I am not sure my grades will be high enough or if I will have enough credits?
Because applications are due in February, you will have received your grades before the application due date. Work on your application before then even if you think your grades may not cut it. If your grades are high enough, you do not want to rush to get your application done last minute.
Is it true that RDs and others may look at my Facebook account?
Yes. Facebook is "in the public domain" and is used across Albion College and many campuses by faculty and staff. For Albion College Residential Life, role modeling responsible behavior and ability to follow and enforce university policy are important hiring criteria. Applicants are encouraged to evaluate their Facebook and other online profiles as they decide how they want to present themselves to others. A student's profile ideally matches the person he or she is.
Can international students work as RAs?
Yes. International students may work as RAs. However, international students should contact the Center for International Education if they have questions about their visas.
If I have been written up or have gone through the judicial process can I still be considered for a position?
It depends. Every case is different. Please consult with an RD or the Director of Residential Life in order to discuss it further. Regardless, while employed, staff members will be disciplined up to and including discharge if they violate any College policies or procedures.
If I am an RA can I work elsewhere on campus?
No. The RA stipend is based on a 20 hour work week. Therefore, RAs are not eligible for other campus employment.
What topics are covered at training? What is training like?
Fall Training is a two-week period in which the entire RA staff is trained on a variety of topics during the day, and then individual buildings do their training in the evenings. There is a lot of information covered during this time, but there are also a lot of group activities and team builders so you can get to know your new staff.
RA Training covers topics like Policies, Crisis Management, Community Building, On-Campus Resources, Fire Safety, and more. There is also several days in which RAs are able to practice what they have learned through scenarios and skits.
What does a typical week look like for an RA?
An RA has three set events each week. They are typically on-call at least once a week, they have a half hour 1-on-1 meeting with their supervisor, and there is an hour long staff meeting. Once a month they design a new bulletin board, and they are able to put on community programs as needed. The majority of the time commitment is spending time with the residents and addressing any needs or issues they may have.