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Q. Why do I need to attend an information session?
A. The purpose of the information sessions is to give you an understanding of RA job responsibilities and expectations and to give you an opportunity to ask questions.
To apply for the RA position you
attend one of the following information meetings below and indicate on your RA application which one you attended or plan to attend. You must also bring a photo ID to the information session.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 from 11:30am -12:30pm, Cafeteria Annex
Thursday, October 10, from 3:30-4:30pm, Cafeteria Annex
Tuesday, October 29, from 6:30-7:30pm, Cafeteria Annex
Thursday, November 14, from 3:30-4:30pm, Cafeteria Annex
Q. What is the Group Process Interview?
A. The group process is a very effective way to evaluate applicants’ abilities to fulfill the role of RA. In this process applicants will demonstrate their ability to work and interact in a group setting, to be a good team member, to speak to groups or to initiate communication and interaction with others.
If you have attended one of the information meetings, completed the RA application and passed fall 2013 grade checks, you will be invited to attend a group process interview.
Q. I am a first semester student at GSU. Can I apply to be an RA?
A. Yes, so long as you complete two semesters at GSU or another college or university by time of employment in August 2014.
Q. Since I am applying to be an RA, do I need to fill out a housing application?
A. Yes, all RA applicants who are interested in living in Prairie Place should fill out the housing application when it becomes available and submit the required fees. This is to your advantage in the event that you do not get the RA position. Waiting to see whether or not you get the RA position before applying for housing may place your housing placement in jeopardy, as assignments will be made on a “first come first served basis.” If selected as an RA, the $200 housing pre-payment fee you submitted as part of the housing application will be credited to your student account. The $25 application fee will not be refunded.
Q. Can an RA be married and have his or her spouse live with him or her in the residence hall?
A. No. Married students cannot have their spouses live in the residence halls with them. Currently GSU does not offer family housing.
Q. Can I be an RA for one semester?
A. No. The RA position is a full academic year position. Applicants must be available to work both fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.
Q. Who should write my references?
A. You should ask someone who knows you well and is familiar with your leadership skills as they relate to the requirements of the RA position. For example, good references may come from mentors or current and former employers. It is recommended that at least two of the three references come from someone in the GSU community or your previous institution, if you are a new transfer student. Family members and relatives MAY NOT complete the reference form for you.
Q. I am international student. Am I eligible to apply for the RA position?
A. International students who meet the RA eligibility criteria are eligible to apply. Please note that international students are not permitted to work more than twenty hours per week at GSU during the academic year. As a result, and due to the demands of the Resident Assistant position, international students who hold a Resident Assistant position may not hold any other additional appointments at GSU, as this would put the student at risk of working more than 20 hours in a week.
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