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As the 2014-2015 academic year winds down, plans are already underway for next year. Leadership positions for the 2015-2016 academic year have become available, allowing students an opportunity to grow and develop. These positions include Orientation Leaders and Residential Assistants on campus. So what exactly does it take to land one of these positions and be successful in the role?


Jessica Balot, who has been an Orientation Leader for two years, reveals that in order to be considered, the Jessica Balot student must be at least a second semester freshman, have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing in the college. Orientation Leaders are expected to set up for Orientation and clean up afterward, as well as provide tours to the new students. Many benefits come with this position. Jessica enjoys meeting new students because she shows them the ropes, and it is very fulfilling to her. What motivated Jessica to become an Orientation Leader was the chance to become a better leader and build up her confidence toward public speaking.


After having completed an Orientation event, Jessica feels accomplished because she’s striving to be better than the last time. Jessica’s favorite moment of being an Orientation Leader has been being able to work with her team of Orientation Leaders. What keeps Jessica coming back as an Orientation Leader is the work and the support that she receives from her team.


Orientation Orientation Leaders for fall 2015 have been selected. Of the incoming group, the majority are upperclassmen, and all have other roles and responsibilities on campus. Several are returning Orientation Leaders, including Jessica, who will function as Senior Orientation Leaders, providing mentoring and training to the newer members of the group.


Orientation Leaders have a small but significant role on campus, considering the short length of time required but the large amount of charm and enthusiasm needed to welcome new students and their families to campus. In contrast, the role of Resident Assistant requires much more of a time commitment but also comes with additional perks and benefits.


Mikey Tabankin has been a Resident Assistant for one year. The requirements to become a Resident Assistant Michael Tabankin are patience, problem solving skills, and strong communication skills. Overall, according to Mikey, being a Resident Assistant is hard, but handling the job well will gain you respect. What motivated Mikey to become a Resident Assistant was that he enjoys helping people.


Mikey’s favorite moment of being a Resident Assistant has been being the mediator in situations. What keeps Mikey coming back as a Resident Assistant is that he enjoys the team that he works with. While the job does have its difficult moments, Mikey does not mind issues such as handling late night phone calls because he knows it is all part of the job and he has gotten used to it.


Applications are still being accepted for Resident Assistant positions for next year. Anyone interested in applying or learning more about the position requirements should contact Sonya Lawrence in Burbank Hall.

~Robert Barnett