Monday, October 28, 2013

Are you ready for your next great adventure?

by Ariella Perry

Your C.L.A.S.S. advocate (CA) and resident assistant (RA) know you by name. They greet you each time you pass each other on campus, talk to you about the difficult midterm in your near future, or address music being just a little too loud on the hallway. But do you know what it truly means to be a member of the CA-RA team? Better yet, do you have what it takes?

Being a member of our CA-RA team is a great adventure, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out this video with CA-RA giving you the inside scoop on life as a member of our student staff:

That’s just a little taste of what to expect when you join our team. Applications for CA-RA positions for the 2014 - 2015 academic year will be available beginning Monday, November 11 at 8 a.m. and will be accepted until Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for your next great adventure with University Housing:

The Itinerary for Your Adventure
Those applying to be a CA or RA must attend an information session to be eligible to apply.  Please bring your UGACard with you to the information session. Applicants will need to fill out an application as well as submit a personal statement of interest and two letters of recommendation.

Work for University Housing: Your adventure starts HERE!

Important dates:
November 11 at 8 a.m. Applications available online.

Mandatory Information Session Dates
November 12            5-6:30 p.m.     MLC 214
November 13            6-7:30 p.m.     Rooker Fireside Lounge
November 17            5-6:30 p.m.     MLC 214
November 18            6-7:30 p.m.     MLC 248
November 21            6-7:30 p.m.     MLC 150
December 2              3-4:30 p.m.      MLC 214

December 13 at 5 p.m. Applications and two references are due.

Want to learn a little more about CA-RA positions? Watch this testimonial video of current CA-RA staff members talking about their experiences this semester.

For more information about the CA-RA application process, please visit our website or contact University Housing’s Staff Development and Student Conduct Office at 706-542-8191.

Set off on your next great adventure and join us here at University Housing! 

Ariella Perry is a first year Master’s student in the Public Health Program at the University of Georgia, concentrating in epidemiology and a certificate in disaster management.  Currently, Ariella serves as the graduate resident for undergraduate staff development in University Housing.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Best Video Tour: Where are they now?

Last year, Jessica Jarrett and her roommate, Caroline Bagley, took flight with the Best Video Tour contest -- figuratively at least. For their tour of Creswell Hall, the two transformed into flight attendants and gave the entire University Housing crew a tour of all the things they loved about their hall and their room. In the end they reached their destination, taking home the title of "Best Video Tour" and securing their living spaces for this year. Watch the entire 2012 Best Video Tour playlist on our YouTube channel.

Caroline Bagley and Jessica Jarrett transformed into pilots
for their winning Best Video Tour.
After taking home the title, the two decided to select separate living spaces for this year. University Housing caught up with the pair to talk about their participation in last year's contest, the big win, and find out how they're making the most out of their prize picks.

UH: How much time and effort went into completing your Room of the Year entry? 
JJ: We spent quite a bit of time cleaning and preparing for the video; all the Goodwill shopping and all that jazz. It took a while to film and to edit the footage but the whole process was extremely fun.

CB: We definitely had to tidy up the room a bit before we started filming. Let’s face it. We’re college students.. our dorm never really looked as nice as it did in our video! After everything was in order, beds made and rugs vacuumed, we were ready to start filming.  Our original idea was an MTV Cribs style video that never really turned out, so we ended up refilming everything only a couple of days before the submission deadline. I guess it’s a good thing our first video was such a flop since our finished product actually ended up winning the contest!

UH: Would you do it again? 
JJ: If I hadn’t won, and wasn’t living in the amazing dorm I am now, I’d definitely do it again. It was a lot of fun, and I’m always up for a little friendly competition.

CB: I’d love to do it again. It was fun to stretch out some creative muscles I hadn’t used in a while.  My roommate Jessica handled all of the video editing and most of the filming (and thank goodness, I would have had no idea what to do!). But, I’d like to try again and see what I could come up with on my own. I also had a really bad cold at the time that we recorded the sound portion of the video, so if anything I’d just like to prove to the UGA student body that no, I don’t always sound like that, and yes, I am capable of pronouncing nasal consonants.

UH: Why did you enter last year's contest?
 JJ: I entered last year’s competition because I really wanted to be on East Campus for this year. The dorms are fantastic and I’m a music major. It was incredibly convenient for me to live over here since I practically lived on East Campus last year anyway.

CB: My roommate and I just really, really wanted to be able to pick our housing. Sophomores seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to getting housing assignments, so we wanted to make sure we got the dorms we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, Creswell was… well, Creswell was Creswell.  I loved it while I was there but I knew I’d like a little more space my sophomore year.

UH: If you took advantage of the prize, how did you select a living space for this year? 
JJ: Oh, I definitely took advantage of the prize. I live in Vandiver Hall in a corner room and I absolutely love it. I was able to choose my roommates and the specific room I wanted to live in. (The biggest one out of four. Holla.)

CB: I visited friends in Myers Hall my freshman year and I knew that the rooms were bigger and that the amenities there were really nice.  Plus it’s right in-between Snelling and O-house, which is probably my favorite feature about the place.  Location, location, location!

UH: How did it benefit you to be able to select your space for next year?
JJ: The convenience factor was a huge part for me. I live on East Campus, I have all of my classes on East Campus, and I work at the Ramsey Center which is on East Campus. An all-around, win-win-win situation for me.

CB: This year I’ve got a single dorm in Myers and it’s absolutely fabulous.  Of course sometimes I miss having a roommate, but there are many advantages to having a space to yourself that you can unwind in. 

UH: Did you decorate your space again this year? Would you mind sharing pics?
JJ:  I decorated my room very similar to my room last year, except I have an obscene amount of wall space this year that made decorating a little harder. I hung all of my posters from last year, added a few more, hung Christmas lights all around the ceiling in my room, and bought a butterfly chair to hang out in. We decorated the living room with some artwork, this really awesome lamp my roommate, Sarah, brought, and a significantly larger TV than we had last year, curtsey of moi.

CB: Jessica was big on decorating last year, and that’s why our dorm looked as nice as it did.  I thought she was insane for suggesting we buy softer lights instead of using the overhead fluorescents and I really didn’t understand the need for the amount of command hooks she purchased over the course of the year.  Obviously she knew what she was doing though, because this year I’ve decorated with Star Trek posters and piles of dirty laundry… my dorm doesn’t quite have that same ambience that it had last year.

UH: Anything else?
CB: Overall entering in the contest was a really fun experience.  I heard that they showed our video to the entire freshman class this year, which is pretty neat.  Plus, the YouTube video got way more “likes” than all of my cat videos combined.  Score!

Check out pics of Jessica's new living space in Vandiver Hall below: 

Do you think you have what it takes to win the title of Best Room? Enter to win the Room of the Year contest today!