As summer comes to an end, RIT is getting busy preparing for the arrival of it's returning students for another school year. It also means a new class of fresh faces and personalities. Welcoming the new Tigers to the RIT family is a special event we take very seriously. This welcome starts with New Student Orientation, and will stay alive throughout the year in the residence halls with the Resident Life. Orientation Assistants and Resident Advisers (known on campus as simply OAs and RAs) work around the clock to make sure students are acclimating to the RIT community. Two weeks before the students arrive our OAs and RAs return to campus for training. For these students selected to be involved, this is an amazing time, and most of them end up counting down the days until summer vacation ends and they can move back onto campus and begin training.
I've been lucky enough to be a part of New Student Orientation in the past, and this year I am excited to train and become an RA with Residence Life. During my first year at RIT, my OA and RA were helpful and fun to be around. They were model students who were proud to be Tigers, and I decided very early on that I wanted to be the same shining light to students. All of the OAs and RAs are selected for their passion to help others and be leaders in the community. I love the fact that there are so many people standing by to help a student who is stressed, homesick, or just needs to talk to someone. It's a great resource and it feels good when you are able to make a student smile and help them out when needed. I cannot wait to get to know my residence and be a model student for them.
22 days until freshman move-in!