Residence Hall Community Adviser vs. Apartment Community Adviser
Like many other students, I am fortunate to be a community adviser (CA) for Iowa State’s Department of Residence. I am going on my second year as a CA. It has been an amazing experience so far! I have met and worked with some awesome students and faculty. I have learned something from each and every one of them.
My CA career started in the Barton Lyon Freeman (BLF) residence halls. Many of the students that live there are incoming freshmen. These freshmen are usually new to how college operates and the sense of freedom you experience at college. In some cases, you, as the CA, become their parent. Being a residence hall CA there is more of a demand for you to be present in your community, because the freshmen are still learning the ropes and have questions. Which is perfectly fine; that’s why I applied for the position – to be that guide and helper. I had a great time during my first year even though I had multiple things on my schedule. I have some great memories with my residents. One of the funny ones is when one of my residents offered to get me a meal. When they came back they were struggling with balancing the food and knocking on my door. Instead of putting the food on the floor to free her hands to knock, she just knocked on my door and spilled ranch in front of my door way. lol. It was so funny because I could hear them outside my door when it happened. After, she went around telling everyone that I did it, so everyone was blaming me. smh lol. Good times, good times.
Going into my second year as a CA, I made a decision to request to transfer to the apartments due to my involvement on campus. I felt that with my schedule, I would be better suited for an apartment community. I wish I could have stayed in the residence halls, because I have so many funny memories. Now I am stationed at the Frederiksen Court Apartments, which is a great community. I love the people that I work with. I came from a staff of six to a staff of 21, which is insane (but awesome at the same time)!
Living in the apartments is awesome for three reasons.
- I have more space in my assigned location.
- We have a big grass area that is perfect for outdoor activities.
- I can invite my residents over for breakfast or whatever, which is something I have been wanting to do.
Overall, I love my experience as a community adviser and highly recommend the position if you enjoy helping and serving students!