Residence Life at Mississippi College provides an opportunity for students to live in a community with each other. Whether students live in suites or on community style halls, there is always someone to talk to when you live on campus. A lot of times those people are resident assistants.
Assistant Area Coordinator Hailey Elder describes Residence Life as a hub that works with almost every department on campus, whether that is Admissions, Academics, or Campus Activities Board. She says that it is a group of people that care about students and want to help them in every aspect of college life that they can. RA's are always there for people not only on their hall, but also for anyone who feels that they need someone to talk to.
Hailey says that a lot of being an Assistant Area Coordinator is being available for people, but they also do a lot planning for students. They even walk through all of the residence halls before school starts to figure out what aesthetic improvements can be made.
While sometimes having difficult conversations about following the rules might not always be fun, RA Alexa Jenkins says that the genuine relationships she forms with her residents make it all worth it. In the end, Residence Life is what you make it. You can be as involved or as close to your RA as you want to be, but the privilege of having someone right on your hall who will always be there for you is such a blessing . RA's want you to know that they know you can take care of yourself, but if there ever is a time where you can't, they are there.
A previous Area Coordinator gave Hailey the advice to view every resident as a soul and every deviant act as them responding to believing a lie. To the people at residence life, the best part is getting to make relationships with people and seeing relationships form among residents. Residents become one big family. They strive to make residence halls feel like home, a safe-haven, and a place of grace and love.
Hailey loves that Residence Life has an impact on what becomes normal on campus and in residence halls. They use residence life nights to build community and spread God's love.
These events give students an opportunity to mingle with other people in their residence halls and get to know people they would otherwise not know. A lot of effort goes into these events because they genuinely want to host events that people want to come to. They are always looking for suggestions, so don't be afraid to let your RA, AAC, or AC know if you would like to see something happen in the residence halls. The cool thing to me about these events is that brings people together that are so diverse and part of many different groups on campus, but all have one thing in common: we all live in the same place.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in our lives that we don't realize that there are numerous people who live in such close proximity to us that we never knew existed. These events give us a chance to meet new people. More often times than not, the people who run in different circles than us aren't that different after all. Branch out and meet new people. Talk to your RA or your AC. It's what they are here for. This is home after all, why don't we get to know our neighbors?