Pros: free room and board
Cons: not much free time
With this job, there is no typical day. As an RA we are required to be "On Duty" only a certain number of days so that the others have a day off. So while I am "On Duty" I would pick up the duty keys, phone, and binder at 4:30pm during the week (12pm on the weekend). I would get a dinner break from 5:30-6pm where I could go to the dining hall on campus. From 8-10pm I would have office hours, which consisted of approving overnights for residents and being available for residents to come and express their concerns to me even if I was not their direct RA, or their RA was not around. I was required to to 3-4 "rounds" a night; where I would walk the entire building(s) that I was assigned to look for maintenance issues, residential issues, check in with the guards in the front of the building, and to have my presence shown on each floor. I would also have to respond to any and all disturbances in the middle of the night; and work hand-in-hand with Campus Police. I would have to return the keys, binder, and phone by 8:30am back to the office for my supervisor.
The hardest part of the job would have been the fact that I was also a full-time student at the same time; I had to manage my time. The most enjoyable part of the job would be the reward of helping my residents. I had transfers which meant that this was their first time to the university. They had no prior experience at a university like William Paterson, and I was there to help guide them through their college semesters.