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Paul Short

Senior Resident Assistant in White Hall

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Year in School: Senior

Major: Psychology

What is it like being a Senior RA?: Being the SRA means that in addition to helping my own residents, I also get to help the other RAs answer questions and make sure that the front desk is running in tip top shape for the resident’s needs. I make sure that everyone has the tools they need whether that’s logs at the desk or advice for the RAs to help their own residents through complicated issues.

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: Outside of school and the SRA job I choose to be with my friends and residents more to make sure that everyone in my life is doing well and has everything they need to succeed.

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I applied to be an RA because I thought it would be a great way to meet people. I’ve kept being an RA because of the friendships I’ve made and the interactions I’ve gotten to have with my residents. Being there for the incoming students and making sure that they start off on the right foot is a great reward.

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: The best part about being an RA is getting to build those great connections with your residents and making their year less stressful by giving them the support they need. It makes a great deal of difference between a resident that gets that encouragement to keep going and one that never knows who their RA is.

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: At the end of the day the best advice I can give to a prospective candidate is to come in with the mindset that the job is about the residents. It’s okay to come in to this job because it helps with paying for college, but to get the most out of this job and continue in it there will need to be a greater reason to be there on top of it.




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Cameron Clay

Resident Assistant in Downey Hall

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Chemistry

What is it like being an RA on the Honors Floor?: The coursework that allows for students to earn a minor in the Honor's College is rigorous and challenging. For me, this pursuit has allowed me to grow closer to my peers and challenge my beliefs and perspectives. I know these experiences will pay dividends for the rest of my life both as an academic and human being. It is an honor to get to know and be amongst some of the University of Wyoming’s finest students from such a wide range of majors. Representing the Honors College as a Resident Assistant has been a dream come true!

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: Outside of my RA role, I work as a teaching assistant for a first year seminar and became involved with HerCampus.

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I applied to be an RA because the hall community had been an integral part of the success and happiness I experienced throughout my first year here at the University of Wyoming. I wanted to take my positive experiences and foster them within incoming first year students, transfer students, and returning students within the hall community.

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: My favorite part of the RA position is getting to know my residents. To witness the interpersonal growth of residents and be there to celebrate their many successes and help them navigate through obstacles is an honor.

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: It's essential that you truly enjoy your time here at the University of Wyoming! A positive attitude is extremely contagious and will benefit you and the people around you in unforeseen ways.




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Sierra Jurgens

Resident Assistant in Orr Hall

Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Double Major in International Studies and Religious Studies

Tell us about working for RLDS in the summer prior to becoming an RA: Before starting as an RA, I worked as a Summer Conference Assistant on campus. My time as a Summer CA helped me feel more connected to the UW campus community and it was a great introduction to the world of Res Life. As a Summer CA, I was introduced to many aspects of the university and developed a strong appreciation for the various departments that work so tirelessly to ensure the success of the university’s students. The Summer CA job is such a unique position on campus and a fantastic opportunity to connect with other students and members of the university and Laramie community. The skills learned on the job are invaluable, especially if one is interested in becoming an RA!

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: Outside of the RA role, I’m involved in ASIC (Associated Students Interested in China) on campus, as well as being a student leader of the Interfaith Youth Core, a collaborative interfaith organization. I also volunteer for various community organizations, and when the weather’s nice, I play soccer on community rec teams!

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I applied to be an RA to be a source of support for my peers as well as to be an active participant in my community. I wanted to be an RA to help others find a sense of belonging on campus and help motivate my peers to embrace all the opportunities offered by the university through which they can embrace their maximum potentials!

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: My favorite part about being an RA is being able to meet so many different people and having nonstop opportunities to connect with others. The RA position has given me the chance to feel more connected to the university and it has also filled me with an unwavering confidence to pursue various leadership and academic activities!

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: The advice I would give a prospective RA candidate is to be yourself! There will be times of discomfort and doubt during the process, but always have confidence in your abilities and remember that you can only grow by stepping outside of your comfort zone!




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Maria Debroy

Resident Assistant in the UW Apartments

Hometown: Guatemala City/Cheyenne, Wyoming

Year in School: Junior

Major: Computer Science

Tell us about working as an RA in both the Residence Halls and UW Apartments: Having worked in both the apartments and the halls has given me the opportunity to get to know a variety of people. Working at the halls gave me the opportunity to help first year students succeed through the ups and downs of freshman year. Being at the apartments has given me the opportunity to get to know graduate students, transfer students, and even families. Both experiences have been extremely rewarding and unique!

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: In the past I have participated in Multicultural groups such as MSLI and UMC. This year, I have participated in more Health and Wellness activities, such as outdoor program activities and attend group classes at Half Acre!

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I applied to be an RA because I saw it as a perfect chance to be more involved, get to know more people, and become a leader.

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: My favorite part of being an RA is making a unique connection with residents and making an impact in some students lives! It is extremely rewarding when students smile when they see you and say "She was my RA!"

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: If you are hesitant about applying because you believe you are too shy and think you will not be able to make good connections, go ahead and apply! Throughout my RA career I have grown so much as a person and have become better at interpersonal connections. It not only has helped me become a better RA, but has helped me in my personal life.




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Kendalyn Morgan

Resident Assistant in McIntyre Hall

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Architectural Engineering

What is it like being an RA on the Engineering Floor?: As a freshman, I lived on an Engineering Floor in Mac. At first I was unsure, but it turned out to be a great benefit. Being surrounded by people who were like me and had similar interest for the first time was life changing. There was always someone I could go to for homework help or a quick study session before a test. Also having an RA who had already gone through some of the courses was very valuable. Now being back on the Engineering Floor as an RA is unbelievable. I love seeing my residents in the community lounges all the time working together and getting through the rough times as a floor. There is something incredible about being in a community where you are encourage to nerd out and finally be yourself.

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: In addition to being an RA, I am a member of the Architectural Engineering Institute, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the UW Engineering Fund for Enrichment Board. I was also in the Marching Band my freshman year.

Why did you apply to be an RA?: My mother has worked in housing my entire life, therefore I have always been around RAs and the housing community. I fell in love with the position at a very young age. I applied to be an RA because the position really resonated with me. I love building a community and helping students reach their fullest potential. I want people to see the RA position as more than free room and board. I became an RA to make a difference in students’ lives.

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: Connecting with the students on my floor and building a community everyone wants to be a part of.

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: Be true to yourself.




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Nathan Brock

Resident Assistant in Downey Hall

Hometown: Arcadia, California/Monument, Colorado

Year in School: Senior

Major: Double Major in Economics and Environment & Natural Resources

What is it like being the RA of a Freshman Interest Group (FIG)?: I am currently the RA for the Outdoor Leadership FIG. All FIG members relate to each other based on a common interest, and I share that interest. I have the means to make their aspirations within this common interest come true, like magic! As a FIG RA, I help facilitate relationship building and community development through fun and educational programming. I work with campus organizations, professional speakers, and other FIG RAs to bring the best college experience possible to UW freshmen.

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: I am an instructor with Cowboy Country Swing Club, a Bible Study Leader and Worship Team Guitar Player with Navigators, and an intern for Professor Jo Albers in Conservation Economics.

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I love UW, and I wanted to leave a legacy that communicates how much I believe in this university.

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: Meeting new people, staying busy, and learning more about how to be a better person every day.

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: Don't do it for the room and board; do it because you care about making people's lives better and giving back to this fine university. Also, don't forget to take time for yourself every now and again!




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Billy Yaracz

Resident Assistant in Downey Hall

Hometown: Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Year in School: Senior

Major: Criminal Justice

Tell us about being an RA at your community college and now here at UW: I have noticed little change between being an RA here at UW, and being an RA at Central Wyoming College. The main difference is the amount of people. At UW, we have a lot more responsibility over our residents then I did at CWC. It is really nice, though, because our Pro Staff really trusts us to do our jobs. It’s exciting having a bigger team of RAs on staff to really show our diversity and different backgrounds everyone has. Think of it this way, you will always have someone new every semester to meet and become friends with!

What are you involved in outside of the RA role?: Along with being an RA, and taking 16 credit hours, I work part-time for the University of Wyoming Transit Department. Although waking up at 4:30am in hard work sometimes, It is really nice because it works with my schedule well. I am also involved in intramural sports, so if you see me out there, take it easy on me!

Why did you apply to be an RA?: I applied originally for the RA position to become more active in my community. I love being able to help people through problems, and find the best solution for them. Also, the free room and board doesn't hurt!

What is your favorite part about being an RA?: My favorite part of being an RA is the people you meet. It astounds me that there is so much personality out there, and not one person is like the other. I love building relationships that will last a lifetime.

What advice would you give a prospective RA candidate?: My advice is very simple, have the best attitude you can even when a situation becomes tough, and be a friend to everyone. It is crazy to see how far you will go in life with that attitude.


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