Residence Life Join the RA Team!
The RA application process has several elements that allow Residence Life staff to evaluate a variety of aspects of the position. Applications open in October for students studying abroad and open to all students in January of each year. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. In the written application, students are asked to answer multiple essay questions that give staff a foundational knowledge of the individual. Applicants are asked to provide a faculty or staff reference which is evaluated alongside peer references to gather more information about the student. Next, all applicants are provided an in-person interview conducted by two Resident Directors. In the interview, applicants will be asked questions about themselves in order to build on knowledge of the individual and their ability to meet the qualifications of the position. Finally, applicants are asked to participate in group interviews, which are observed by the Residence Life staff and allow them to see the interpersonal aspects of each applicant. The process takes about 3-4 weeks from the application deadline to the announcements of the positions.
For a more detailed timeline of this year’s selection process, select this link.
"To be honest, I learned a lot about myself and how/ if I could get plugged into a community at Westmont. At first, I was insecure because I felt like I wasn’t a “typical RA,” but I was able to learn about myself so that I could implement things I valued into my role and keep it real with others."
"My time as an RA revealed my weaknesses and developed my strengths, and I made some fantastic friends along the way."
"Being an RA taught me the value of investing in Westmont community. I got to support and love my peers, serve them and be served by them, and discover the beauty of living amongst people who are different."