Meet the resident advisors

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments by

(Photo/Kathryn Torralva) You can’t fool an experienced RA. On Sept. 30, 2012, resident advisor, Amanda Chavez, humored residents and some of their friends in the process of an amusing prank. Zackary Co, a freshman chemistry major (top,) and Gerard Cabarse, a senior psychology major (bottom,) playfully pretend to be asleep. Amanda calls their bluff shaking Gerard’s shoulder.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Pennafort third floor RA, Amanda Chavez, is a junior biology major with a chemistry minor assigned to oversee thirty students.  She was chosen from a group of over one hundred other applicants, along with twelve other resident advisors.

Resident advisors, known as “RAs” on campus, are a diverse and lively group of individuals who are always ready to assist students who live in the Dominican University of California residence halls. Their aim is to exude welcoming, interested and engaged attitudes at all times.

“The number of students assigned to an RA varies, but one resident advisor is usually assigned on average thirty to fifty students,” said Chavez.

Being an RA requires diligence, responsibility, and patience, but the interaction and opportunity to form relationships with students can be very rewarding rewarding.

Freshman psychology major Ingrid Mendizabal said, “Amanda is always busy studying.  It’s hard to catch her between work.”


“When I do have free time, I enjoy the simple things in life that most people take for granted, like shopping, going out to eat, and seeing movies with my friends.”

— Amanda Chavez, RA


What students don’t know, is that she is also a Leadershape facilitator, teacher’s assistant for an organismal biology lab and food service worker in the cafeteria—all while maintaining a pre-med internship at Kaiser Permanente.

When Chavez isn’t working or studying, she appreciates the opportunity to relax and unwind, “When I do have free time, I enjoy the simple things in life that most people take for granted, like shopping or going out to eat, and seeing movies with my friends.”

Despite her assiduous schedule, Chavez still manages to create a congenial environment for the residents on her floor.  Karen Schultz a first year liberal studies major said, “I told her about a problem with the curtain in our bathroom and she took care of it right away, Amanda really is willing to go out of her way for students.”

 

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Kathryn Torralva is a freshman communications and media studies major with a background in journalism and informative writing. Her career goal is to become a newspaper journalist or a web based news reporter. She is dedicated to informing readers and reporting stories relevant to the community and students alike.
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