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Resident Assistant Information

Hello Potential RA Applicants!

We are excited that you are interested in applying to be a Resident Assistant at East Texas Baptist University!

Being a Resident Assistant can at times be challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. As an RA, you will encourage, challenge, and disciple students. You will be a go-to resource for residents who need support or a listening ear. There are many aspects of the RA role, but the most important of all is service. Serving others is at the heart of Residence Life. It is in serving others that we show students Christ.

As an RA, you will have the unique experience of being the leader on your hall. While it can be intimidating to be the one who students look up to, it is also rewarding to lean on the Lord for help because without Him, we cannot be successful! He will be with you to give you wisdom and guidance. You will also have an amazing group of RAs and RDs to support and encourage you along the way.

Below you will find an application checklist, which gives you a detailed outline of what you will need to submit in order to be considered as an RA. We are excited that you are interested in the position and we will be with you to support and pray for you as you go through this process. May God get the glory through it all!

Go Tigers!

Application Packet Check List

Application Submitted with the following:

  • Essay questions - Uploaded and submitted on the online form.
  • Qualifications/Expectations/ signature page
  • Important Dates - Uploaded and submitted on the online form.

Application, Essays, Reference Forms and Social Media Accounts are due Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. to Student Affairs.

Qualifications

•    Actively engaged in and committed to your faith in Jesus Christ
•    Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
•    Enroll in a minimum of 12 hours (unless last semester) and a maximum of 18 hours, unless otherwise approved by the Director of Residence Life
•    Must have completed 24 hours by term of employment
•    Must have lived on campus at least one full semester 
•    Must commit to a full academic year. (Dates of employment: August 1, 2019 through May 10, 2020)

Personal Expectations

•    Continually seeking to build your faith in Jesus Christ and lead a Christ-centered lifestyle. 
•    Must view the Resident Assistant position as your primary servant- leadership role on/off campus. 
•    Overnights away from campus:  you will be allotted 10 overnights away from campus each semester.  
•    Must be willing to live in the hall and on the floor assigned to you by the Residence Life staff. 
•    The use of tobacco and alcohol while serving as an RA is not permitted, whether you are of age or not. 
•    It is important for RAs to remember that their position is demanding and thus their other activities will have to be limited. No student teaching or interning should occur during the fall semester. (Those involved in student teaching, nursing clinicals, internships, and athletics need to prayfully and thoughtfully consider the time commitment for each and be prepared to discuss the situation in the interview.)
•    Be back on campus for RA Training two weeks prior to the start of classes in the fall semester and one week prior to the start of classes in the spring semester. 

Important Dates

Fall 2019
August 1 - Return to ETBU for RA Training 
August 3 - 4 – August Mini Term I Move-Ins 
August 5 – 11– Res Life Training
August 10-11 – August Mini Term II Move-Ins 
August 14-18 – Move-ins, Welcome Week
*You must be available August 1 -18 – no exceptions!

Spring 2020
January 8 - 12 Spring Res Life Training

Weekly Commitments

  • Duty Hours
  • Weekly Staff Meetings
  • RD One-on-one
  • RA Leadership Class (e/o week)
  • Health and Wellness Checks (every week)
  • Relationship Building/ Community Activities
  • Weekend Duty 

*Weekend duty is approximately 3-4 times a semester when you need to be on campus Friday through Sunday (not counted in the weekly time total)

Printable Reference Forms

Letters to Include in File Upload on Application

Fill out and save before beginning your application.

New Resident Assistant Application Essay Questions

On a separate document to be uploaded on the application, please type out your answers for the following questions provided below (include the question typed above each answer). Please be concise, yet thorough. These will be uploaded to your application. Please save your document as a pdf.

  1. Please share your personal testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ.
  2. Why do you want to be an RA? What characteristics do you possess that qualify you to be an RA?
  3. Being an RA is a student-leadership position. What does this mean to you?
  4. In what areas do you think you will excel? In what areas will you be challenged?
  5. As an RA, how would you engage your residents in the first week after Welcome Week?
  6. What would you change about Residence Life at ETBU?
  7. What are the three most important qualities of being an RA to you?
Returning Resident Assistant Application Essay Questions

On a separate document to be uploaded on the application, please type out your answers for the following questions provided below (include the question typed above each answer). Please be concise, yet thorough. These will be uploaded to your application. Please save your document as a pdf.

  1. Please share your personal testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ.
  2. Why do you want to be an RA again?
  3. After your time as an RA, what have you done well that you would continue to do next year and what would you do differently?
  4. Studies show many RAs in their second and third year become complacent in their duties, how will you fight complacency next year if you are selected to be an RA again?
  5. Discuss how you have and/ or have not carried out the expectations set forth by your RD.
  6. How does your faith in Jesus Christ affect interactions with your residents?
  7. If you could change anything about the RA position, what would you change and why?