Macomb senior Kyla Wojtas loves being a RA. The political science and foreign service major is in her second year as a resident assistant in Newberry Hall.
“I love the relationship building I get to do with both the other RAs and residents,” she says. “I learn a lot about people I might not have met otherwise.”
Wojtas also has learned a lot about time management. As someone who has difficult saying “no,” she says being a RA has taught her that trying to do everything means never being able to give 100 percent.
But this is just one of the many things the experience has taught her.
“Being a RA has made me a better person,” she says. “Constantly dealing with personal situations with my residents has taught me to be a more caring, supportive, and perceptive friend. I feel more in tune to the emotions of those around me now.”
Though she’s met some of her closest friends by being a RA, she admits that gaining respect from residents can be challenging. But Wojtas easily sees the benefits in such challenges.
“Dealing with unexpected situations and finding solutions, things like planning hall programs, all of this develops your communication and organizational skills,” she says.