By ASHLEY SMITH
Resident advisors might not be superheroes, but we are super-informed!
After completing a lengthy two-day interview process, weekly classes during my spring semester and a full-week of training prior to the start of the fall semester, I finally received the title “resident advisor.” What I didn’t realize then was that researching and presenting information to my residents was going to be one of the most involving and exciting parts of my job.
The more time I spend in our journalism class, the more importance I attach to the information that we cover. When an RA posts new information to his hallway’s bulletin board, he should use the same techniques as he would when writing a headline or titling a blog.
Invariably, it is also important to find information that is pertinent, timely, and helpful to residents (sounds rather like a news story to me.) Although it would not be appropriate to staple the latest edition of The Spectrum to my bulletin board, I still borrow information from on-campus publications, University at Buffalo websites, and other reliable websites with information on my topic of interest.
Creating a bulletin board geared towards the needs of college students is much like writing a feature article. Instead of typing it up and e-mailing it to an editor, it gets sent to an assistant hall director. For instance, if I were to make a bulletin board on sex related issues, I would check the UB Wellness Team’s Web site for information and upcoming Wellness Team events. I would also contact someone from Wellness Services and talk to them about giveaways and programming.
Then, once I have my information, I make a visual news article out of the information and images I have collected and staple it to the wall.
How cool is that! 😀