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Lead the way. Become an RA.

Lead the way. Become an RA.

Your Resume Never Looked So Good!
With Resident Assitant leadership on your resume, you'll be one step closer to acing your first job interview and landing the career of your dreams. And with room and board and a stipend, as well as the chance to help your fellow Mountaineers, being an RA pays off. 

Resident Assistants (RAs) are mentors, connectors, campus experts, and advocates. They are among the most important student leaders on campus, and they are students - just like you.

Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference. Deadline to apply is December 10, 2018 at 12:00 noon. 

Why be an RA?

As an RA, you will learn to lead, challenge yourself and hone your critical thinking, time management, problem solving and communication skills. As an RA, you have the chance to make a lasting impression on your fellow students and make your mark on campus. And you'll earn a housing and meal plan waiver. 

Ready to learn more? Attend an info session. Before you attend, want to know what your RA-type will be? Answer these questions and we'll tell you. 

How To Apply: 2019-2020 Academic Year

Interested individuals must attend one of the following information sessions:

When you attend an information session, you will be given a pass-code to access the application to apply. The RA Application will be available the week of October 9. 

Deadline to apply is December 10, 2018, 12:00 noon. 

Interviews for RA positions will take place January 25 - 26, 2019.

For questions about Resident Assistant Recruitment and Selection, please contact raselection@mail.wvu.edu.

What RAs Have To Say About The Position

Levi Huff

 Levi Huff, Resident Assistant

If you asked Levi Huff why if he wanted to become an RA in his freshman year, he would have laughed at the idea. “It wasn’t until I firsthand saw the impact that a resident assistant can have on the lives of the residents they work with that I knew it was the job for me,” he says. 

         As an RA he would gain leadership experience — a highly valuable addition to any resume — and help his fellow Mountaineers “discover their own place in their new home away from home.” How could he pass that up? As an RA, he’s taking what he learns in the classroom and applying it to the real world. “My ability to work with residents from all backgrounds and interests has really diversified my own personal interests. I can confidently say that this position has allowed me to really refine my ability to interact with people in all kinds of situations. I’ve learned that communication is so important for success, and this job has really helped me to become an effective communicator and leader.”  Read more about Levi

Melissa Haslebacher

Melissa Haslebacher, Resident Assistant

Melissa Haslebacher is a born teacher. So when she learned that being an RA is often similar to the role she’d have running her own classroom, she was hooked. “I loved the idea of being a point of reference for people and putting on fun programs that can teach my residents skills they can use for the rest of their lives,” she s ays. 

         Besides the leadership and teaching experience she gets every day as an RA, she says the biggest benefits are the people and the friends she’s made. “Your staff is always around to help you and you get really close to them. Also, as an RA, you learn about a lot of resources that can help your residents but are also great for yourself, such as tutoring sessions for specific classes.” 

         The role taught her something fundamental about herself as well. “I learned that I’m definitely a people person! I love talking to my residents and finding out more about them, even if I’ve had a rough day. I’ve also learned that I love doing things like programming. I’m always thinking of new things I can do with my residents.”  Read more about Melissa

Jacqueline Costello

Jacqueline Costello, Resident Assistant
  • Class: 2019
  • Major: Mathematics, Minor in Special Education  (Future Master's in Education)
  • Experience: RA August 2014 - Present

Sometimes it’s the experience of being a resident and knowing a great RA that inspires a student to become one. For Jacqueline Costello, her RA showed her that helping others, building personal connections and being part of something bigger can make her college career infinitely more rewarding. She says becoming an RA has changed her. “One of the biggest benefits from being an RA has been the experience of working with a variety of personalities, being able to quickly assess the best option in a hectic situation and developing better and more secure decision-making skills.”

       Although there was a lot to learn before becoming an RA, Jaqueline knew she could rely on her own RAs for help, advice and guidance. “I knew I could go to [them] for information, ideas and any questions I had about becoming an RA. I also had their support.”  Read more about Jacqueline