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)

“I’m excited that I’m a part of the COSMOS program for the second summer, and I am proud to know that the impact of COSMOS opens students’ eyes to the wonders of math and science.”
--Michelle Henderson, Head Women’s RA

“As an RA, COSMOS gives me an opportunity to give back to the program that helped me get acquainted with the UC system. COSMOS also helped me to get where I am, first as a COSMOS student at UC Santa Cruz, and now as a UCI undergrad.”
--Saron Ephraim, Night RA

“It’s my fourth summer with COSMOS as an RA, so I am really connected to the program. I was a 2002 COSMOS-UCI alumnus, in the Robotics and Discrete Math for Computer Science cluster. At the time I was interested in engineering, but I earned my B.S. degree in Biology!”
--Dennis Nguyen, Head Men’s RA

"It's exciting to see just within a few days that the students are already forming great friendships."
--Ameera Sulakha, Head Women's RA

“As a future teacher, COSMOS is a good opportunity to interact with high school students. The program offers so much for student growth and understanding, with everyone coming from different backgrounds. Students develop social skills with peers and professors.”
-- Tanisha Patel, Night RA 


“I've had sand in my hair from playing volleyball and paint on my fingers from the picture frame craft activity, and I stayed up until 2 am making a birthday card for one of my girls turning 17. But it's really rewarding. I have done other programs, but COSMOS is different, the pace is different, and you have more time getting to know the kids. You're responsible for them and want to make the most of our time with them. It gives me energy.”
--Christina Flores, Night RA