Resident Assistants (RAs) are UCF and Valencia College students who serve as a resource and mentor in your community. RAs are carefully selected and trained to be sensitive to the academic, emotional, and social challenges facing residents, particularly the normal adjustments to residence hall living. We encourage you to seek out and develop a relationship with your RA so they can help you in your transition to living on campus. Your RA will reach out to you throughout the semester to meet virtually, 1:1 or in a small group. All residents are encouraged to communicate with their RA regularly.
For many college students, sharing their space is a new experience. Living on campus is a fantastic opportunity to learn about yourself and others. The time and effort you put into building positive relationships will enhance your college experience. Here are some items to consider:
Remember that Housing and Residence Life staff are available 24 hours/day to assist with conflicts; however, active involvement from all parties is required in order to effectively resolve concerns.
Early in the semester, all roommates will communicate with their RA and develop a roommate agreement. Your RA will help guide a conversation around communication and potential areas of conflict in your suite or apartment. Topics range from cleanliness, noise levels, and temperature control, to necessary accommodations for health and wellbeing, allergies or medical needs. Finding common ground early is important to maintaining a healthy dialogue. In the event a roommate conflict does occur, the roommate agreement will help residents engage in respectful communication when trying to find resolution. However, should an ongoing issue occur, our staff is here to help mediate, provide support, and help residents explore alternative solutions.
Many students are looking to make new friends right after move-in, so don’t be shy in introducing yourself using the various online platforms that will be available to you. It is very important to get to know those around you, even virtually. Your RA can help introduce you to your community using various online resources, so keep an eye on your email and other communications. You can also meet people at your online floor/building meeting and the other virtual activities that will be happening. Make the most out of your on-campus experience by finding your community and getting involved!