Resident Assistants (RAs) are carefully selected and extensively trained upper-class leaders (sophomores, juniors or seniors) who work as paraprofessionals on the Residential Life Staff. Their primary role is to support a small group of about 18 first year students, building a fun, healthy and respectful community among your neighbors. Your RA will guide you through New Student Orientation (NSO) all the way to the end of the year.
Throughout the fall semester, your RA will host fun activities to break from studying and get to know other students. Your Resident Assistant group will also discuss the ups and downs of college life: staying healthy, getting along with your roommate, doing well in college classes and making choices about relationships and alcohol.
Take time to get to know your RA. He or she will be one person you know you can trust to look out for your best interests and encourage you to take positive risks. RAs know you may make mistakes and sometimes have to hold you accountable to campus policy, but they will also help you learn from those experiences. Your first year is a time of significant independence from life at home. Your RA is there to help make Trinity feel like home, too.