Robert (Robbie) Konieczny was a two-time Resident Assistant (RA) in the Modulars. Over the break he decided being an RA was not for him any longer. Robbie is majoring in Mechanical Engineering – Propulsion, he managed to handle an average of 38 students while being the President of the Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab. Below is an excerpt of a conversation I have had with Robbie to shed light on a father’s decision.
Q: Do you think being an RA taught you anything you didn’t already know?
A: Yes. The one thing I didn’t fully realize was that one day, I will be a real father and that my children will grow into teenagers.
Q: Why did you quit?
A: I have been an RA for 2.5 years and I am done with it. It no longer holds any benefit for me as I have missed having the time to hang out with my friends or go have as much fun as non-RA students. Being an RA made me realize how much I have lost out on the life of a normal college student.
Q: How did you expect being an RA to change you during your experience?
A: I think I expected to become more mature of which I have, but I still got jokes. I’ve gotten to see the behind the scenes that everyone takes for granted and it’s a lot.
Q: Do you believe being an RA was worth the workload?
A: Yes. The benefits, making new friends, and being able to have a positive effect on students made it worth it at the time.
Q: There are a lot of students that don’t understand that RAs work hard and frequently at their job. What would you say to students for your fellow RAs?
A: Let your RA help you, say hi and let them know how you’re doing. Interactions with Residents are what makes the job worthwhile. Go to their programs even if it’s just a quick stop and respond to their emails.
Q: What do you have to say to your kids and your fellow RAs?
A: Hang in there. Lean on your friends when you need to and help them out, so you all get through the next couple of tough years and don’t forget them when it’s over. I love you all.