Life as a Resident Assistant (RA)

This weekend, Summerfuel at Tufts said goodbye to many students and staff. Resident Assistant (RA) Nodir spoke to RA Alayna, as she reflected on her Summerfuel experience.

RA Nodir: Hi there, can you tell me a little about who you are and where you are from?

Sure – so I’m Alayna and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.  I graduated in 2017 and I’ve been doing a variety of different things but my goal is to work in higher ed… which led me to apply for a position with Summerfuel.

N: What did you most enjoy about Summerfuel? What is your favorite memory?

I really enjoyed getting to know my residents and the RA staff. Favorite memory? Oh gosh…

I enjoyed just kind of laughing about random things, going back and forth with staff, talking to new students, hearing about their day and their program, what they’re learning. I don’t know, the students are just so amazing that being around them has been my favorite part of the experience.  I know that they’re going to make big changes in the world.

N: Was there an excursion you really liked?

I really liked the Kennedy Institute. I went with my International Relations students. It was nice hearing what they got out of it, the decisions politicians make when they’re passing bills…

N: Is there anything that you feel your students taught you?

One thing that sticks out to me in particular, is how one of my students said she didn’t have a goal in mind for what she was becoming in international relations. She was going in to see how far she can go, just to experience, and I thought it was interesting.

N: We had staff from many different backgrounds. Is there anything you would say you learned from them?

I enjoyed just being able to get to know people and where they’re going.  I was really surprised by the amount of  international experience people had before coming here. One of my favorite conversations was learning more about what people were studying, and their favorite memories while working with students or discussions about studying abroad and learning more about what they did and love. 

N: Is there anything else you would like to share?

I definitely would say, if I could have the same people and the same experience it is definitely something that I would do again.