« on: November 16, 2005, 06:58:36 AM »
I think it depends on th school and even to an extent the type of floor or building u were assigned to. My undergrad was a tough one to be an RA at if u had a freshman building. I was in an 11 story dorm with majority fresh and soph students, student athletes, lots of drama, etc ranging from assault, theft, drunkenness, suicide attempts, etc. etc. When I finally was able to get the upperclass apartments, all I had to deal with were a few lock outs, and a couple of social events. The contrast was night and day. When I went to grad school, I lived in one of the areas that were upperclass students. The RA did nothing but check-in and check-out. he did not know who I was and made no attempt to do ANYTHING else. It surprised me how different it was for him.
I think if your RA was more like my experience at a freshman dorm where u felt like u were working all of the time, then yes, it can be viewed as a job. If it was like the RA in grad school, i think u can just refer to it as a EC.
Given the difference of experiences for RA's at different places, i just think that it is not viewed as a major factor for law school because they have no way of figuring out how intense your RA experience was (unless you use it in a PS).
The T14 statistic makes sense because becoming an RA requires some inerviewing skills, teamwork skills, and shows that u were involved in college and achieving good grades and not t solely sitting with a book in front of you.