Did you know that Residence Staff applications are now out?! It’s true!
If you have even slightly considered doing this, why not fill out an application form! It is such a great opportunity to look into and take advantage of.
Let’s walk through some of the pros together…
- You get the convenience of living on campus. No need to make your own meals, unless you want to (that’s always an option), share a room with anyone else, and you are minutes from your morning classes!
- It gives you a great sense of community. You are constantly surrounded by so many other positive people, whether that be staff members or students. You feel a part of something bigger than yourself.
- It’s a paid position. We’re talking the big bucks. Well, you’re not gonna get rich off of it, but it’s an extra little bonus!
- It’s a phenomenal way to exercise your leadership abilities! Residence Staff training is unlike any other; it is so unique and so positively regarded by future employers. You will acquire so many new skills in the initial training sessions that you won’t get anywhere else.
- This is a real opportunity to make a difference in even just one student’s life. Maybe that was your RA or Don! That feeling of giving students the chance to be the best people they can be is so rewarding in itself. In turn, this position also helps you grow and develop.
Okay, but then you’re thinking, what are the cons? Well I can’t say I know the exact answer to that, but it’s like any other job or position you might have had.
You’re going to have added responsibilities and duties above your academic work load. You’ll have to time manage and budget your weeks accordingly. This might also make your stress load a bit more intense, but this makes it a great way to exercise your stress management skills!
This position also requires you to take responsibility for an entire floor, which can be a daunting task. BUT, you are NEVER alone! You have so many other staff members there to support you, both returning and new. You have your Residence Manager, your sophs and of course your friends!
Late night rounds don’t exactly sound all that appealing, but again you are never going to embark on this task alone. There will always be someone there who has your back.
This job is also not about playing the “bad guy” in residence. You are there to ensure all students are having a fun and safe experience in residence. It’s not about getting people in trouble, or ruining their first year. It’s about cultivating a positive space for everyone.
There are pros and cons to each and every job you will have. You’re not going to love EVERYTHING about your job, and you don’t have to. As long as you have a purpose and are motivated about it, then that’s really all that matters.
Here’s the link. And honestly do not be shy! They are looking for people of all different personalities, interests and skill sets! http://rezlife.uwo.ca/rezstaff.cfm
You won’t regret it. I promise. 🙂