in helping students make connections with each other and the university?
How about exposing your residents to a wide variety of different ideas
and activities that perhaps they have never been involved with before?
Interested in making your floor or the hall a fun place to live and learn?
an RA I would guess that your answer to all these questions would be yes.
You can accomplish these goals through programming for your residents.
in the halls are developed to facilitate opportunities for socialization,
expand the worldview of other and promote understanding and sensitivity,
and to support leaning beyond academics.
to make your programs fun and beneficial? Follow these tips and you'll
be on your way to programming success:
think that you know what your residents want...ask them: A good
solid need assessment at the start of the year will help you determine
what your floor is interested in. Interest may drive attendance, so
complete your need assessment early!
floor resident's schedules, and consider other university events:
You may be able to find out when your residents are available at the
same time you accomplish your need assessment. When you are selecting
a programming date, consider other building or campus-wide activities
and events. Work hard to not create "activity conflicts".
your residents in the planning process: It is unfortunate but true...a
few key people on your floor might have more luck getting others excited
about floor activities than you. Work to get these students involved
on a program planning team, and work as a group to plan activities for
the floor. When other are involved, they are more inclined to help,
and more inclined to be enthusiastic.
building residents a focal point of some of your events: If you're
hosting a coffeehouse utilize residents in the building as your talent.
They are a natural attendance draw.
about the atmosphere of your programming location...make it nice and
they will be more likely to come: Residents may not want to travel
far from their home (i.e.: the residence hall). They want a comfortable
place to sit, and they want the environment to be of interest. Think
about these things as you are selecting your programming location.
sure that your publicity is interesting: You need to make your programming
publicity "stand out of the crowd". While making it interesting keep
it as simple as possible. Publicize your event early, and make your
publicity as creative as possible.
you're having a speaker...make sure they are good: There is nothing
worse than an unprepared or boring speaker.
the fun of spontaneity: Every now and then a great idea is going
to pop up and you may just need to run with it...some of the best programs
occur on the spur of the moment.
be afraid to try different things: The more creative the better.
that things don't always go right and that in many instances people
never realize it unless you tell them. You need to plan for the
event, and consider how you will manage a significant problem if something
major goes wrong. With that said however, you should always realize
that in many instances with a large event, those in attendance rarely
notice the small things that don't go perfectly, unless you tell them.
in the residence halls makes the residence halls something more than a
shelter and you more than someone who just looks after the floor.
your activities in this area you will help your residents become acquainted,
have fun, share skills, broaden cultural perspectives, and have a diversion
from studying. The programming that you do on your floor as an R.A. will
be instrumental in creating community interest and enhancing community
of success with your programming efforts!