What are the benefits of being a Resident Assistant (RA)?

We believe an intentional residential experience is transformative. RAs are a vital part of that experience. Through facilitating the Residential Experience Model (REM) , Resident Assistants will mentor residents to explore who they are, connect with others in the community, engage academically, and lead in meaningful ways. Here are some quotes from our RAs about what the RA job has meant to them:

“Being an RA has shaped my time at Clemson so that I can leave this university feeling accomplished and loved through my Clemson Family.”

“It’s when Emily decided to change majors out of a field she found frustrating into one which she loves. It’s when Nicki turned her love of building fictional characters into building resident’s character as an RA. It’s when I get to see two residents make amends after fighting, and when one of them asks me for advice on how to get through a difficult patch in their relationship. The most meaningful thing to me is to see young adults learn how to handle the responsibilities life has given them with poise and wisdom.”


“I have grown more confident in myself, my abilities, and my knowledge of my role. If you had told me two years ago I would have done some of the things I have, I never would have believed you.”

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