RAs ready to build community in renovated Founders Hall
(August 16, 2013)
Laudan Nahavandi, a junior biology major from Charlotte, is gearing up for her second year as a resident assistant (RA) in Founders Hall, a building with many new features this year—from brand-new showers , carpet and flooring, to the renovated lounges and, of course, a new incoming class of students.
Nahavandi is ready to greet them and the new academic year. “I decided to be an RA because I had a fantastic RA my freshman year,” the biology major said. “I wanted to build relationships in my hall the same way my RA did.”
The 15-member RA team in Founders shares that mission.
Packing Light and Packing Right
Katie Crooks, a sophomore from Denver, N.C., looks forward to being a mentor to new students. The mass communication major will help advise the hall council and offer advice, beginning with her tip to “bring a quality mattress pad and a good winter coat.”
Kara Westmoreland, a junior from High Point, N.C., advised “Don’t bring everything you own. You won’t need half of it.” You can trust her calculations. The mathematics and education major was an RA in Founders Hall in 2013-14 and knows the space very well.
Moving In and Moving Up
RA Phoebe Krisinski will be perched on the sixth floor in Founders Hall. “The top floors have some really beautiful mountain views,” she said. It’s just part of the campus attraction for this sophomore psychology major from Portland, Ore.
Emeka Okonkwo, a junior biology major from Charlotte, is focused on his pre-pharmacy concentration and getting into pharmacy school, but he’s enjoying his time on campus as an undergraduate student, and an RA as well. “Living on campus is the best part of going to college, because you get to meet people and learn new areas of life.”
Gaining a Sense of Place and Direction
Jacob Williams, a junior drama major who’s also pursuing a teaching licensure, excels at improv and is ready to make something of his first year as an RA in Founders Hall. “My favorite part about living here is definitely the style and size of the hall. It can lead to a great community environment,” he says.
J.D. Granade, a senior from Wilkesboro, N.C., has already noticed the upgrades to the building from the new floors and bathroom fixtures to the refurnished lounge, complete with a pool table. “The best part about on-campus living is the chance to develop community. It’s also convenient access to campus.” Racing to rehearsal will be part of Granade’s routine this fall—the drama major will be directing his first play.