Welcome to the Resident Assistant Selection website for Belmont University. We are glad you are interested in serving the Belmont community as an RA. The RA Selection application process opens on Monday, December 3, 2012 for students hoping to become an RA for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Here at Belmont, we seek to develop strong leaders. To help achieve this goal, we place a strong emphasis on the StrengthsQuest Strengths Assessment. This assessment provides individuals with their top five strengths out of thirty-four themes. The idea behind the assessment rests with the knowledge than an individual will grow more by focusing on developing his/her strengths. Throughout this website, you will see references to current leader’s top five strengths. We encourage you to start exploring your strengths and see how your unique abilities can help you succeed throughout this process.
We also want to provide you with the thoughts of current RAs on the position as well as help you become more aware of current student leaders. Listed below are a few testimonials from current RAs.
Brooks Dawson – First-year Patton/Bear House RA, former Alternate
Top Five: Communication, Woo, Activator, Adaptability, Positivity
Being an RA at Belmont has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have had here. The RA position has helped me grow into being the leader that I am today. RAs have to be relatable, confident, and grounded and I feel that I’ve really filled into those roles because of the call of the job. With residents constantly bringing you questions and personal issues you have to not only be on top of your game, but also be a person that others are comfortable confiding in. It’s a demanding job, which requires people skills, dedication, and an attentive work ethic. No matter where you are on campus you’re an RA. You’re constantly on the job. Despite this though I’ve found that this is one of the best things I’ve done with my life. I’m thankful that I’m been chosen to help transition freshmen into the college experience.
I was hired onto the ResLife staff as an alternate. This means that they wanted me to be an RA but didn’t have a spot for me. Anyone hired as an alternate shouldn’t despair. You’ve got an extremely favorable chance of getting the position the next year if you’re not hired on before that. Most of the time you’re hired onto a staff before the summer is over. If you’re an alternate it isn’t the end of the road and shouldn’t be treated as such. Although the future isn’t presented in a guaranteed position, it’s still one of promise. Over the last four years almost every alternate has been used. Although I was disappointed at first, in the end I still found my place in ResLife and couldn’t be happier.
Eleana Sklobovskaya - First Year Bruin Hils RA
Top Five: Learner, Individualization, Responsibility, Achievement, Positivity
For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to leadership roles. I found nourishment in the challenges they brought, and in the growth they inspired. Naturally, when I learned about the RA position, it was not long before I decided to apply. While I came into the RA job confident that my spiritual and intellectual skillset paralleled what the job description called for, it was not until after I was immersed in the role that I came to a very important conclusion: time transcends talent. Even if an RA has the highest levels of creativity, ingenuity, faith, and relational skills, without an intentional devotion of time, the talents cannot reach their fullest potential.This notion of time, in my opinion, is the noblest form of service; and at the same time, it is also the most rewarding. While it is perhaps the hardest part of the job, it is also the best. The saying, “you get out of it what you put in” definitely rings true. If an RA whole-heartedly devotes time to transforming and serving others, they themselves will be transformed. For me, that is ultimate satisfaction.
Megan Lamb - Returning Heron RA
Top Five: Strategic, Connectedness, Discipline, Learner, Input
Being a Resident Assistant is so much more than a typical college job--it’s the opportunity to build relationships that you wouldn’t otherwise. I have been especially blessed to work with freshmen women in Heron Hall, watching them grow over the course of their first year of college. Knowing my residents from the first day they set foot on campus through the day they leave for summer break is a journey that I’ve grown to deeply appreciate. Watching them transform into more mature, independent, passionate students is beautiful. It is such a joy to have late night talks, holiday parties, and weekend adventures with them, along with helping them overcome the trials and obstacles of adjusting to college life. The RA role is so unique in that you are able to have an integral role in teaching, leading, and equipping residents to become the best they can be while developing friendships with each one.Likewise, my residents and my job as an RA have profoundly affected me. I’ve gained invaluable insight into relationships and communication, which will aid me both in the professional and personal realms of life. Administratively I’ve been challenged to grow and to learn. This job shapes you holistically, and is an incredible opportunity I would suggest to anyone willing to take on the challenge. It’s a commitment that will yield invaluable rewards to those who desire to invest in it wholeheartedly.