RA Perspectives

"Overall this has been the best summer of my life, I have connected with some many people. students in and out of my suite, boys and girls, even my fellow co-workers have become special people in my life. I have learned so much from other individuals in this program as well as how to effectively lead and deal with a diverse group of people."
--Alexus Bell, Resident Assistant 2015

"I had an amazing experience this summer as a RA because I never ended my days hating that i worked. I always went to bed extremely blessed that I was chosen for this program! At times near the beginning of the program, I thought to myself that I might not be much of an authoritative figure, but after the four weeks, I've learned you can a lot of respect from 162 different individuals that can come and feel trusted if they need to ask you anything."
--Frank Heyward, Resident Assistant 2015

"Wow. I have learned so much about myself and these students in just four short weeks. One thing that definitely resonates with me is “being respected BEFORE being liked.” I have enjoyed spending time with all the students, but I have also learned that there is a time and place for everything. Whether it is being goofy, offering advice, or simply listening, I have learned that there are times when I can be carefree and other times I have to be serious. All in all, I am so grateful to have been part of this year’s COSMOS staff and I am extremely impressed with the students’ intelligence, even if at times, RAs had to remind them of the rules"
--Antonia Diaz, Resident Assistant 2015

“COSMOS is not just an academic enrichment program, it is a life-changing experience that allows students to grow far beyond what they can imagine. Students get to explore, learn and interact in environments that are new and exciting. I am confident that COSMOS students will leave feeling inspired and motivated to continue on their journey to success.”
--Tatiyana Webb,Program Coordinator 2009-2010 (COSMOS Alumna, 2002)