My name is Danielle Zaleski, and I am a senior resident assistant for freshman residents in Sakac Hall.
I started my RA journey last year with upper classmen in College Court 16, and I haven’t looked back since. If I were to go back and do this entire process again, the only thing I would change would be applying for this position right after freshman year!
Taking on this responsibility has opened multiple doors including having better relationships with faculty on campus, helping build my leadership skills, and blessing me with a family I like to call Res Life. I wouldn’t say this job is easy and like any other job it has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, being able to be a piece that helped make a fellow students college experience the best it could possibly be is an honor. Continue Reading
Hello! My name is Caleb Oliver, and I am an RA in the freshman dorm, Guzman Hall, here at Mount Saint Mary College. Overall, I enjoy being a freshman RA, because I get to be a significant part of my residents’ experience as new students on campus.
Prospective students can expect spacious residence halls that are perfect for college students. Freshman dorms are cable ready, and equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave in each room. There is even a laundry room on the lower level of the building! All of these comforts make it easy for students to adjust to their first year of college.
Steven Juergensen (far right) is a resident assistant on campus, pictured here in 2014 with Fr. Kevin Mackin, president emeritus of Mount Saint Mary College, and other student leaders.
Steven Juergensen is no stranger on campus. A Business Administration and Management student with a concentration in Finance, Steven is involved in several organizations on campus, including being an Orientation Leader and president of the SGA club, Musical Exchange. Many people, however, know Steven from his work as a resident assistant (RA) on campus. Recently, Knight Life talked to Steven about his work as an RA, including some of his favorite aspects of being an RA as well as what his job entails.
Knight Life: What is your position in Residence Life?
Steven: I am a resident assistant (RA) in Guzman Hall.
Knight Life: Give us a brief overview of the Office of Residence Life and what the job of an RA entails.
Steven: Residence Life is an office on campus that works to create a sense of community between residents. One of the ways in which we foster community is by having resident assistants, like myself, do programming and create social events to bring people together. A resident assistant also serves as a positive role model for residents while enforcing college policies throughout the campus. We mentor our residents and are always an open ear when it is needed. Continue Reading