College is expensive and if you plan on living in a dorm on campus, you will need to shell out some serious cash. Not everyone can easily afford the dorm life, but it you have made up your mind and are determined to live on campus, you may want to consider becoming an RA or Resident Advisor to help bring down the cost of housing. If you think being an RA is boring, think again. You will have to put up with a lot from the other residents, but you will be rewarded for your patience and hard work in ways you may not expect. You might come to find that it’s not such a bad job after all. Everyone has secrets and here are 15 crazy whisper confessions of college RAs.
16. Seems Like A Lot Of Work For A Hook Up
With power comes responsibility and while the power of an RA is somewhat limited, their influence isn’t and many of them are able to convince those living in the dorm to sleep with them. Some may offer leniency in exchange for sexual favors and some might not even have to use bribery to get someone in the sack. Either way, there is something strangely inappropriate about an RA sleeping with a dorm resident. But still, it happens all the time and if you were looking for a good reason to become an RA, consider all of the excited and vulnerable freshmen who will be throwing themselves at you. That doesn’t make it sound like such a bad job now does it?
15. Who Says You Need An Excuse?
When you are in college it can be tempting to party every night, go out with friends and run around until you pass out from exhaustion. College opens new doors and creates new opportunities and between your classes, sports, clubs and social events, you may find that you rarely get to rest. So what’s the best way to tell your friends you can’t go out? Find another commitment that they won’t be able to give you a hard time about.
If you are on call as an RA you get to turn down invitations without sounding like a loser and you don’t have to feel guilty about ditching your friends. It is however, a good idea to grow a pair before you graduate, because you might have to man up and be honest with people in the real world. Until then, enjoy your time in your RA room binge watching Netflix.
14. I’m Sure The Residents Appreciate That
There are going to be times when you get tired of being an RA and putting up with all the crap from the residents. Who wouldn’t get tired of hearing other people complain all the time or always having to be the bigger person and follow the rules? Just remember you aren’t the only RA and the residents can save their drama for when you are off duty. Or you can just ignore them all and pretend you are dead, but the longer you wait to answer the door, the more they are going to pound on it. Nobody cares if the college RA is tired; so get up and do your job. You can sleep through your next lecture class.
13. Just Say No To Drugs
A RA has a lot of duties such as making sure there are no parties going on in the dorm, confirming none of the residents are drinking illegally, keeping everyone is safe and help them get along with each other, and making sure there are no drugs in the dorm. It’s not easy keeping a bunch of college kids in line and at the end of the day, an RA can feel tired and stressed.
What’s something that can help with that? Well a big jar of weed of course. See, when you are the RA everyone expects you to be a straight shooter so if you have a little weed in your own room, nobody will find out. The hardest part is keeping your stash a secret when you want to make everyone jealous.
12. College Fight Club
Girls make the worst roommates and being the RA of an all-girls dorm can seem like the most difficult job in the world. Girls are catty, ruthless and just downright mean and when you get a bunch of them together, you are sure to have more than just a little drama. Girls like to fight over everything, especially clothes. They also like to mark their territory by spreading their things everywhere.
If one girl moves another girl’s stuff without asking, oh it’s on. But when you are the RA you have to behave yourself so as much as you would like to slap Sleep Around Sally in the face for moving your laundry basket, you just can’t. This is just one of the downsides of being an RA. But there are plenty of other ways to get her back for messing with your stuff.
11. Wow, Way To Be A Jerk
RAs put up with a lot of crap from residents. They not only have to be available to help them with their problems and make sure they aren’t doing anything illegal or that might make the college look bad, but they also take the blame when things go wrong. Not this one. This RA said he had had it with all the shenanigans going on in the dorm and was going to have some of his own. We can only wonder what all he did and who it got blamed on but you have to root for him a little bit. Not many people can deal with all the nonsense that RAs deal with. Kudos to this guy for finally standing up for himself and getting a little revenge on his residents. Let’s hope nobody ever finds out the truth.
10. The Real Way To A Man’s Heart
Being an RA in a dorm full of people of the opposite sex is like hitting the jackpot for many people. But contrary to popular belief, not every RA is interested in hooking up with her residents. Some, like this girl, just want to do their job and get on with their lives. Now, that doesn’t mean they can’t all have fun together. What’s the best way to bond? By breaking the rules and having secrets. Sharing some alcohol with your new residents can’t be too bad and at the very least it will earn you their respect. That is until you bust them for something a few days later. At least you had their respect for a little while.
9. It’s Always Nice To Have Stories
There are a lot of things that can make being an RA difficult. It’s definitely not a job that everyone can handle and if dealing with people who are homesick, drunk, aggressive, depressed or annoying, is not your thing, you may not want this kind of job. Of course, you can always count on your residents to keep things interesting and give you something to talk about.
Whether you are gossiping with the other RAs or just want to sound interesting in front of your classmates, sharing stories about your residents will definitely be entertaining. Since you get to watch it all go down, you will have plenty of details. Don’t be afraid to add your own twists on the stories either. Don’t worry, nobody will know.
8. At Least You Are Teaching Them Something
As a college RA, you may be surprised to find that your residents look up to you. They may get annoyed with you from time to time when you break up their parties and send their dates out the door, but if they have a problem, you will likely be the first person they go to for help. So what can you do to really help them out? Maybe start by telling them how to break the rules without getting caught. You are going to catch them doing things they aren’t supposed to do and you can either punish them or give them a lesson in doing the wrong thing the right way. Use your better judgement and don’t let them get away with everything or you will find yourself in the middle of college chaos.
7. Can’t Beat Free Entertainment
Let’s face it, college can be a little boring at time and most college students or RAs don’t have a lot of money to spend on entertainment. So what’s the next best thing to going out to the club or having a party? Ruining everyone else’s good time of course. RA’s are supposed to be the ones controlling the chaos, but sometimes they just can’t help themselves and have to cause a little of it too. Watching someone do the walk of shame in the morning is pretty fun, watching 20 people do the walk of shame in the middle of the night is better than any entertainment you can pay for. If you decide to pull this little stunt, do yourself a favor and do it during a snowstorm.
6. If You Can’t Beat Em, Join Em
Watching everyone have fun and party in the dorms can be a little frustrating. When you are an RA you have a couple choices. You can either shut the party down and be the enemy, or you can join the party and show your residents that you can have a good time as well. Be sure to make a deal with the residents and let them know that the only way you will let the parties happen is if they supply you with free alcohol. Being the cool RA who likes to party comes with some risks. Just remember if you get caught, you were trying to break it up and you can’t believe your residents would dare to have a party when they know a strict RA like yourself in on duty.
5. Rules Were Made To Be Broken
When you are the RA you get to help make the rules and enforce them. As enjoyable as it might be to keep everyone else on a straight and narrow path and make sure they are following the housing rules, breaking the rules yourself is even more enjoyable. If you are going to break the rules as an RA, you have to be careful about it. You need to know the best time to do it; like when you are on call. You also can’t press your luck and need to know far you can take your shenanigans before someone tells another RA or you get caught in the act.
4. People Have Hidden Hamsters In Worst Places
Being an RA can get lonely at times. You have to stay in a room by yourself, nobody seems to like you because you boss them around, and you aren’t allowed to have anyone sleep over. Wouldn’t a pet make things so much better? You aren’t allowed to have live animals in the dorm, but you are the RA, who’s going to tell on you? Just a word of advice, if you do decide to sneak a pet into your room, make sure it’s something small. Don’t get too bold or you will get caught and then you and your furry friend will be out on the streets. Apparently hamsters are your best option. If things don’t work out you can always just release it.
3. Ever Heard Of Anger Management?
RAs are under a lot of pressure and deal with a lot of stress. When they aren’t worried about studying, taking exams, maintaining relationships and getting enough sleep, they have to make sure all of their residents are on good terms and that none of them are up to no good. It’s easy to see how an RA could easily become frustrated.
There are good ways and bad ways to release your frustrations and vandalizing the dorm probably isn’t one of the good ways. But then again, if it makes you feel better have at it. If you don’t destroy it, one of the residents probably will. If you would like to deal with your anger and frustration in a healthy way, maybe talk to a counselor or just resign from being an RA.
2. And You Thought It Was A Boring Job
What’s the best part about being an RA? Knowing everyone’s naughty secrets. When you are in charge of who comes and goes in a residence hall or dorm, you are going to start paying attention to who those people are and notice when there are people there that shouldn’t be. That means you know who is cheating on who and when and where it is all going down. Of course, it’s not your job to say anything even if you do object morally. No, you just keep it all in the back of your mind for a rainy day when one of your residents pisses you off and you feel the need to ruin his life or maybe just his current relationship. Isn’t college fun?