Why I Chose To Become An RA

Why I Chose To Become An RA

Who knew someone could have such a big impact?

Freshmen year, I walked into my hall not expecting to become best friends with my floor RA. However, I will tell you that it did indeed happen and it influenced me to become an RA myself.

I was a nervous and anxious freshman entering a new year in a residence hall without the guidance of my parents. Not going lie, my RA was intimidating the first time I met her. She was a junior who seemed to know everything about anything and had a strong demeanor. I don’t know what came over me, but one night I decided to knock on her door to ask a stupid freshmen question that soon started a friendship I am so grateful to have.

Through that scary barrier, my RA Madison is a funny, down-to-earth and a truly genuine person who became my mother figure, as well as one of my best friends, in college. She took on the role as being my “go-to” person and truly helped me adapt to my surrounding. It was shocking how big her role was to my adjustment and my happiness as a resident. That’s when I knew that I also wanted to have the same impact on my residents. So, I signed up, got the job, and here I am, writing to you as an RA.

It has only been a few weeks since the residents moved in and I have been an active RA, but I can safely say that I don’t regret making this choice. I thoroughly enjoy being the resource on the floor who can help any of the residents. Not only that, it has allowed me to meet so many new people and interact with so many unique individuals that being an RA is actually fun. Yes, being an RA puts a lot on my plate. The responsibilities I have, put me into positions that obligates me to make serious decisions, but it also lets me be a positive (hopefully) influence on my floor and the hall. It allows me to make a difference.

If you are doing it for just the money, I advise you not to take on this role. The money is a perk of this job, but you need to love being with people while constantly connecting with a hugely diverse group of people. It should excite you to bond with the residents and plan programs for them. On a resume, it’s a job, but it shouldn’t feel like one.

So thank you to my #1 RA, Madison, who opened up this door for me. Her impact led me to become an RA who may have the same meaningful effect on others. With the new year, I am truly excited to see what this new opportunity will bring. Wish me luck!

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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

12. But most importantly, you understand that no matter how much school sucks, you're going to be making a major difference in so many lives. And that's what really matters.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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