La’Darrus Brister, is one of two senior resident assistants spotlighted in the September issue of Resident Assistant Magazine. Brister, a 22-year-old electronics engineering technology major from Angie was advised by his area coordinator to submit his online paperwork.
“We normally have RA’s submit the form that’s online,” says Tanisha Cousby, Freshman Village area coordinator. “Since he was a senior RA’s and did well I nominated him.”
The publication is mailed to all colleges and universities nationally, and is produced quarterly. Applicants must various questions related to their job title and submit both, a resume and a picture.
Cousby says that Brister is a fast learner and an instant leader. “During his first semester as an RA he caught on very well,” she said. “He focused on enhancing the knowledge of the residents by having programs such as how to tie and study bashes.”
The entire campus of GSU currently has 52 total RA’s and Brister, is one out of eight senior RA’s on the campus. In order for a student to serve as a RA, one must be in good social and academic standing university, as well as maintain a 2.8 cumulative grade point average and perform the duties within The Department of Residential Life Handbook.
Brister says that he appreciates being selected. “I’m real excited. It’s a large group of RA’s and for me to get this, is an honor,” he said.
First, becoming a RA in the summer of 2011, Brister says the best thing about becoming an RA is helping others. Throughout his term, he has implemented several seminars and has been mentor to other students.
He says that being an RA has humbled and gave him a chance to shine. “Grambling state University, residents and my area coordinator have humbled me and turned me into a leader,” he said.
Brister feels he was selected far beyond answering the right questions, but because of his greatest quality.
“The main reason why I became an RA is to help,” Brister said. “To see that you impacted somebody’s life for the future makes me very proud.”