Meet the RA’s

By: Tom Cicero

Resident assistants  are here to make the transition to student living at Roosevelt a smooth one.

Meet your RAs at the Wabash Building.

 

Connor Reilly

17th Floor RA

Q: Why did you want to become an RA?

A: I want to have a role on campus that allows me to be involved and help other students excel both academically and personally.

Q: What events do you have planned for the academic year?

A: My first event will be Saturday, August 31. I will be taking students to the African Festival of Arts. I am also looking to contact the Chicago Council of Global Affairs so students can attend events  that deal with various issues around the globe.

Q: What is your overall attitude towards this upcoming year?

A: I think it’s going to be a great year, and we have a great team. We are always improving and doing the best we can  to have a safe, happy and inclusive Roosevelt community.

Q: What message do you have for students on your floor?

A: If you ever need help, don’t hesitate to come find me.

 

Demetrius Garner

25th Floor RA

Q: What is your reason for becoming an RA?

A:  I became an RA because I like climbing the ladder in different communities. If I’m in a job, I want to advance. Also, I’m a psych major, and I like to be there for people. I like helping people and getting in their minds.

Q: What events do you have planned for the academic year?

A: One of my biggest events this year is hosting a clothing drive with the residents on my floor. A group of people go out in the community and give the clothes away.  I hope it works out with my floor and everyone wants to work together, like a Roosevelt family. It’s a dream I have, but I hope it can become a reality.

Q: What is your mentality going into this year?

A: I want everyone to be mentally healthy. Everyone take care of themselves. Everyone is fine, and nobody is at that breaking point. We all just take care of each other. If someone is going through something, someone can help you and be there for you.

Q: What advice do you have for the residents on your floor?

A: Just live your life and do what makes you happy.

 

Samantha D’Adamo

20th Floor RA

 

Q: What is your reason for becoming an RA?

A: For starters, it helps financially for my parents. I also was a transfer, and I never had that college experience. I want to experience all that school spirit firsthand.

Q: What events do you have planned for the academic year?

A: Going to the soup kitchen up North, having a screening of the “Dr. Who” 50th anniversary special and going to concerts.

Q: What is your overall attitude towards this upcoming year?

A: I really want to show my residents that being inclusive and working together is key. I am really positive and really happy, and I am feeling at peace about things. And even though I know that I will be going through stress, I can still be a support for the people who need it.

Q: What message do you have for your residents?

A: Treat myself and your fellow floormates the same way you want to be treated.

 

Maya Tatum-Lattimore

31st Floor RA

Q: What is your reason for becoming an RA?

A: I wanted to become an RA because I wouldn’t be able to afford housing without becoming one. Also, I wanted to take the financial load off my family while still being able to get leadership experience.

Q: What are some events you have planned for the academic year?

A: I am social justice major, so I want to do a lot of service projects. A lot of things with Chicago Cares, which is an organization in Chicago.

Q: What is your overall attitude towards this upcoming year?

A: I want my residents to have a lot of fun and be comfortable. I want them to be able to talk to me about anything. I want to have a very creative and involved floor. I don’t want it to seem like I’m running the floor, but we are all equal.

Q: What do you want to say to your floor residents?

A: Ours is going to be the best floor!

 

Lacy Reyna

24th Floor RA

Q: What is your reason for becoming an RA?

A: I was involved with a lot of leadership groups like [the] Eleanor Roosevelt Society, and my RA encouraged me to apply because she was leaving.

Q: What events do you have planned for the academic year?

A: Watercolor painting! Also, something I did last year with the pride flag. The pride flag has different colors, and each color has a different meaning. I am going to put up a big poster of each color of the pride-flag, along with quotes and the meaning of each color. Then have an activity for my floor to give people knowledge of the flag.

Q: What is your overall attitude towards this upcoming year?

A: I have a very positive outlook about this year. This year’s team is very inclusive, and I do not feel like an outcast. The training has giving me a lot of confidence. Plus my floor likes me.

Q: What would you like to say to the residents on your floor?

A: I would like to create a safe, happy and inclusive environment, and if I’m not doing so I would like to be told.

 

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