A resident assistant at Hope College is required to oversee the dorms and cottages on campus. Duties include programming, working as a team, and building an optimal community for living. The R.A.'s at Hope are required to attend fall training, winter training, and monthly semester training sessions. Training focused on leadership, diversity, community building, programming, teamwork, and health. My first year duties were in a dormitory overseeing 92 men. I worked with four other R.A.'s, but was a part of one of the largest residential life teams in the state of Michigan. My second and third year as an R.A. took place in a cottage of 8 men. The cottage R.A. duties were the same as the dorm duties, but on a smaller scale. I reported to either a Residential Director, or a Neighborhood coordinator all three years. The most difficult part of the job was being a friend to my peers while performing my duties as an R.A. Enforcing policy is part of the R.A. job description, but is not always socially admirable by peers. The most enjoyable aspect of the job was becoming a part of a large team with a common goal. Hope is an amazing place, largely due to the residential life staff that works hard to create a healthy living environment.