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Getting Ready

Office of Residential Life and Learning

Matriculation 2008

RAs cut out Scrabble-themed name tags for their residents' doors.

Tufts students arriving to on-campus housing will get a special welcome to their homes away from home this fall. Waiting to greet them will be a door with their name on it—literally.

Customized name tags are just one example of the special touches that have been prepared in advance by the 10 resident directors (RDs) and 74 resident assistants (RAs) working this year in Tufts Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Both groups arrived on campus early to participate in training exercises that helped them bond as a group and also familiarized them with support services for students in campus housing. They were versed in the policies and procedures of residence life at Tufts, safety issues and on-campus resources that are available to students.

The RAs also went on an overnight camping trip to Camp Bournedale in Plymouth, Mass., where they participated in recreational and team building activities.

Matriculation 2008

RAs get ready to head out on their overnight trip to Plymouth, Mass.

Director Yolanda King says that she and her staff are "high energy" right now and looking forward to watching this year's staff go to work, developing a close-knit community among the many students living in Tufts' housing. .

"They're a very creative bunch this year," King says, recalling the skits that were performed by her resident assistants at the overnight camp. "I wish I'd had my video camera. They were priceless."

King says the RAs are enthusiastic to make the transition to a new school year smooth and enjoyable for both incoming and returning students.

"They are really looking forward to being with other students, being role models," says King. "They take their roles very seriously and in a responsive manner. They also maintain a level of fun as they help students make connections."

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Profile written by Georgiana Cohen, Office of Web Communications

Photos by Alonso Nichols, University Photography.

This story originally ran on Aug. 25, 2008.