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The Residence Life Unit of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Friday, April 1, hosted its annual seminar and conducted an examination to recruit its next set of Resident Assistants, RAs.

The seminar, which held in the 24-Hour Room of the library complex, had a morning and an afternoon session, which was followed by a written examination.

The event was coordinated by two Assistant Directors of Residence Life, Mrs. Grace Ayorinde and Mr. Danjuma Keyebya, and other officials of the unit.

Participants at the seminar, numbering over 40, were taught listening skills, effective communication and proper time management, which according to the President of the Resident Assistants Committee, Justin Adda, “Are the techniques necessary for the position of a Resident Assistant.”

Mr. Patrick Eze and Miss Christiana Anthony, both Resident Directors, also gave the participants extensive talks on some essential tools of effective communication like patience, clarity, self-esteem and planning.

At the end of the talks, the RA candidates wrote an examination, which bordered on listening skills and knowledge of AUN Residence Life.

Serving as a Resident Assistant affords students the opportunity to hone their leadership potentials; it also comes with free accommodation.

According to Mr. Adda, “The RAs act as a liaison between residents and the University administration.”

And Bathsheba Wapanna, Secretary of the Resident Assistants Committee, said that, “An RA facilitates the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to the Residence Hall and the University.”

A participant, Tekena Williams, who is a second-semester freshman, said he would consider passing the examination a major achievement, considering the rigors.

“Not everyone will pass the examination; therefore, if I happen to be successful, I will consider it an achievement to me.”

Another participant, Okechukwu Ohamadike, said the seminar was informative, but added that the examination was challenging and tricky.

“The seminar was informative and the exam was extremely challenging; however, the Residence Life Committee was good with tricky questions, but I am positive I will ace the exam.”

Candidates who pass the examination will be immediately invited for an interview session with a selection committee, and success in the interview qualifies a candidate to become a Resident Assistant.

By Emmanuel Wogu

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