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I think I want to be an RA. I haven’t told my friends about it. I think it’s cool you get to be someone people look up to and who helps other people out. I like my RA, but I think that some of friends would get mad if I had to write them up.

—Unsure

Dear Unsure,

Then you better have gone to one of the information sessions!

Personally, I always had awesome resident assistants, so I can definitely appreciate someone who is passionate about wanting to become one.

If you’re having any hesitation, I’d bring your concerns to your RA and ask about their experience. That’s one of the reasons why they’re there: to help you.

Not only that, but you can also get some insight as to what the job — and it is a job — entails.

My RA friends have shown me that there are two sides to every coin. Getting to meet students you may not have met otherwise and helping people in need is awesome! Writing up your friends or having duty the night of major events (i.e., Groundhog) or when you have a tight deadline for a final paper? Yeah, that kind of sucks.

Long advice short: talk to your RA about all of it. They might also be someone you want to ask for a recommendation.

And this may be a total mom move, but if your “friends” would get mad at you because you’re following the rules and doing your job, they’re not good friends. Just saying.

So I had a little too much fun at Groundhog. It’s my first one and it was definitely all I was told it’d be, but I’m not 21 and I got a write-up for it. Now I have to go to a disciplinary meeting. I know I shouldn’t be worried, but I’ve never gotten written up before. What happens?

—OMG-H

Dear OMG-H,

Too much fun at Groundhog? Is there such a thing?

I won’t say that I’ve had any write-ups before, but I get it. Whether you do the right thing at the right time on the right day every single time or are more of the philosophy that the rules are meant to be broken, it’s a generally awful feeling to get in trouble.

The disciplinary meeting I know about was very short. The rule-breaker in question sat down with an RC, acknowledged what rule was broken, listed what the school policy is regarding the issue and promised not to do it again — and she didn’t, or at least didn’t get caught.

Mistakes happen, as do poor choices and bad decisions. You can’t deny that drinking underage and getting written up for it is kind of a poor choice, my friend.

Accept responsibility for your actions. Accept whatever penalty you’re given, if you’re given one at all. Don’t do it again. It’s really that simple.

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