Who are we?
What do we do?
- RA's help create a positive living and studying environment in the dorm
- We solve issues, enforce policies, and refer our residents, when necessary, to the proper information
- Serve as a role model for students and promote a community of trust and support
- We support residents in their time of need (a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, a cookie to eat)
- RA's host programs for residents to get to know each other, bond, and come out of their comfort zone
- Because we love people (especially U.Va. students!)
- Because we love the community feel of dorms
- Because the free housing and meals can't be beat
- Because the experience is one of the best you can have at U.Va.
Now, a little bit about my specific community. I am in the Russian House, which is on Ivy Rd., next to the International Residence College. The small house of 7 people (plus a professor and his wife in the separate, upstairs apartment) has made the residents a tight-knit group. We host a weekly event "Russian Tea and Conversation" where students and local residents meet to practice their Russian skills and learn more about Russian culture and each other. In addition, we host other events (both within the House and open to the community) to improve our language skills, start friendships, and learn more about each other. Having lived in the House for two years as the Resident Advisor, I've met many new people and learned more about myself than I thought was possible in such a short time period. The Russian House is the cherry on top of my U.Va. experience.
In short, I hope everyone has the experience I've had here! And maybe I'll see more RA's in the future (maybe some who've read this post!).