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Ask the Interactive RA

Soon after arriving on campus, many freshmen realize they need real help in making a smooth transition to college life. In researching The Freshman Survival Guide, it became clear that some students didn’t feel comfortable approaching their local resident assistant on staff for any number of reasons (e.g. their issues felt too personal and they were embarrassed, they were afraid of getting in trouble, they simply didn’t like their RA etc). While we believe it is best for students, in general, to avail themselves of their local support staff, we also realized that it could be helpful for some students to have the option of contacting an experienced RA anonymously with some of their more delicate issues.

The Interactive RA (iRA) is our attempt to bridge that gap. Resident assistants from colleges around the country are available to answer your questions online through our partnership with ResidentAssistant.com, the nation’s leading online resource for residence life—a free service of Campus Advantage, Inc., the largest private student housing firm in North America.

You can choose if you’d like to ask our iRAs a question privately by email or publicly on our blog.
Email our team of resident assistants privately
at ra@thefreshmansurvivalguide.com with any questions or problems and the RA on duty will get back to you within 24 hours (usually much more quickly depending on when we receive it). If there’s a member of our RA team from the list below that you’d like to contact directly please put the RA’s name in the subject line of your email.

The Interactive RA’s Blog!
Click here to read our Interactive RA’s best advice on Freshman Survival that they update regularly in this candid discussion blog. Feel free to ask them a question in the comments section if you’d like and one–or many!–of them will answer within 24 hours.

Check out our The Freshman Survival Guide facebook page here.

NOTE: The Interactive RA is intended for your education, consideration and to help you make informed choices. This is not a substitute for the advice of your physician, educators, lawyer, local residence life professionals or other advisors.

Have a question you’d like to ask our iRAs privately? Email them at ra@thefreshmansurvivalguide.com.

Our Interactive RA Team:

 

Megan Stamer
Three years experience as an RA
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Student Teacher (History Major, Psych Minor, Teacher Education)
Graduated May 2012
Being a Resident Assistant was one of the best decisions I made in college. Being an RA put me in a unique position that requires both the ability to be a friend as well as a leader who is always willing and prepared to help others in need. I’m excited to continue being a part of The Freshman Survival Guide’s Interactive RA team.

 

Danielle Shipp
Housing Professional~2 years as full-time Residence Life Coordinator and 2 years as part-time Graduate Assistant Hall Director
Bachelors: Family and Consumer Science Education
Masters: Higher Education
My passion is centered around students reaching their full potential. I encourage students to utilize their resources and make the most out of their college experience. Starting out as asecondary education major, I knew I wanted to help students. It was not until my senior year of undergrad, after being highly active as a student, that I knew I wanted to help college students. I wanted to groom, mold, and guide students just as my college administrators had done for me. Enthused with my new career path, I decided to purse Student Affairs and go to graduate school.

While in grad school, I served two years as an Assistant Hall Director. I indirectly supervised the RAs and worked in a complex with over 4000 residents. I had the opportunity to work with students in hall council, working at the information desk, and those that attended programs. After graduation, I worked in Student Activities for two years; planning programs and organizing events. Although I enjoyed this experience, I missed housing and could not wait to get back. I am now entering my third year as a Residence Life Coordinator and I am enjoying every minute of it. I enjoy my interactions with the RA staff and the residents on campus. I look forward to opportunities to work with students and help them in their development.
I encourage readers to make the most of their college experience and to utilize the Interactive RAs if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.