Resident Assistant Series - Kelsey LaBuda
A cornerstone of the Governors State University (GSU) experience is the comfort students feel on campus, from the small class sizes averaging 18 students to the cozy nooks of the university nestled in the midst of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. At Prairie Place, the university’s residence hall, the vibe is no different in providing a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere tailored around the needs of the residents. That’s why GSU’s Department of University Housing assign a group of students as Resident Assistants (RA) every semester as Prairie Place’s exclusive peer mentors dedicated to supporting their fellow residents in achieving academic and personal success. We interviewed the team, who will introduce themselves throughout the series, for further insight into the motivations and operations of an RA. Here are the words of one of the mentors:
Kelsey LaBuda, Forensic Psychology
“I am a transfer student from Iowa State University, I’ve been here since fall 2017 and will graduate this May. I had no intention of becoming an RA until the then Assistant Resident Hall Director recommenced me to apply and now I’m a second year RA!
I enjoy meeting new people and building a community within Prairie Place by making different programs and events for residents to attend. I also love making bulletin boards and door decs, the name tags people put on their doors, that stand out to the residents. Not to brag, but some of the residents stop me and say how much they love them!
I believe that working as a RA has helped me to work better in a team, be a better leader, and handle stressful situations. These will be useful skills in my dream job as a substance abuse counselor in a prison.”