Despite having some reservations about the position, Kate McDonald is excited to begin her new work. “I’ve always wanted to be [an RA] since going to my first college, Benedictine, but was just too nervous until now,” McDonald said. “I was afraid that I’d lose all of my friends due to the negative repercussions sometimes associated with being an RA.”
“A resignation calls for a very fast-paced training cycle for an RA,” said Jonathan Sperling, Director of Residential Life. “A second female RA will be hired towards the end of the quarter, and undergo a much more gradual training process, as she will be replacing Nancy [Gossin] when she graduates. That’s how it would ideally be.”
Ms. McDonald hopes to bring leadership and trust to the student body with her new job. “I’ve had a lot of people come up to me since I was hired and they said they were afraid to talk to me now. I don’t want to be someone they’re afraid to talk to; that defeats the purpose of being an RA, because they are the people you should go to for any problems you have, or if you just need someone to talk to.”
Sophie Flemings decided to step down from her RA position after almost two years, expressing that the reason for her decision was that she didn’t feel she had enough time to do her job well.