This is Chelsea Bourque. She is a sophomore RA (Resident Advisor) in North Hedges Hall. She runs track at MSU, her favorite color is sunshine yellow and she enjoys candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach.
Katie Chamberlin: What’s the best thing about being an RA?
Chelsea Bourque: Getting residents excited about college! Not solely the social, or solely the academic, but the whole package. Making them realize that if there was ever a time to reinvent yourself, that time is now! Freshman year has so much potential to be incredible; there are new friends and new experiences and opportunities. Being an RA means reinventing freshmen year and making it the best it can be. It’s also very special to be able to share in a time of my residents’ lives when they are developing and growing so much.
KC: What’s the hardest thing about being an RA?
CB: It’s the balance between prioritizing residents and prioritizing person stuff. I mean, I’ll always make time for my residents, but it has to be such a conscious choice because most of the time I don’t even have time for me. Time management is something you have to be awesome at as an RA, or both you and your residents will suffer. Also, if late hours aren’t your cup of tea, than being an RA is going to be difficult. But if you are really passionate about your job, then you make the time. People always say that RAs are just glorified babysitters, but really we are more like awesome parents!
KC: What sets North Hedges apart from other residence halls?
CB: The coed environment! Floor and hall activities are so much more fun! Also, the sheer size of the Hedges complex means a high concentration of residents, so there is always an active and energetic atmosphere. All those other people around means there’s rarely a dull moment or an opportunity to be bored, as long as you don’t lock yourself away in your room. J
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KC: What would a freshman student find surprising about living in the residence halls?
CB: The colossal population of residents. It’s an experience like no other. When have you, and for that matter, when will you ever again get the opportunity to live with so many people your age? They will be surprised about how much they have in common with other residents. It’s impossible not to make friends and find common ground in the halls.
(Disclaimer: Chelsea and I lived on the same floor of South Hedges Hall (North Hedges’ twin) and have been inseparable ever since)
KC: What do residents not know about the RA job?
CB: How much gosh darn paperwork we do for them. For every event put on in the halls, there is preplanning paperwork, post evaluation paperwork and everything in between. We have to check up on you, and even have to document when and where we see you every week! We really do care! We also attend between 8-10 hours of meetings a week and average 5 hours of sleep a night.
KC: What’s the scoop on dining hall food?
CB: Dining hall services are wonderful. And the lasagna is excellent.
-So appreciate your RA! They appreciate you!