Being an HA is one of the best experiences that you can have at Bryn Mawr. It's an opportunity to have an impact on your hall and a relationship with your residents that you can't have otherwise. It's also an opportunity to work with and get to know the other HAs on campus, people who you may not have known otherwise, but who are awesome and absolutely worth knowing.
I discovered this past year that it really is up to you to get the most out of your experience. No matter what the situation is, if you want to develop a relationship with a certain person on your hall or if you have had some kind of issue that needs resolution or something as simple as the microwave being broken, you are the only one who can get it done the way you want it to. Of course, you have a great support network, but you have to take the initiative.
Most importantly, is you have to be willing to look out for yourself. Me-time is crucial. If you wear yourself too thin then you won't be able to be the best HA that you could be. It may seem easy to put your own stuff aside for one person, but if you end up doing it for everyone.it adds up. Never feel guilty about needing to take time for yourself; it will end up being best for both you and the hall.
It's also important to remember that there will be things that you can't control. You probably won't have the relationship you want with everyone, but a relationship takes two people. And no matter what you do, you won't be able to please everybody on your hall. Some people will think you're wonderful; other people might not think as highly of you.
Your overall experience as an HA has the potential to be amazing. And most likely it will be. There will be times when it is stressful, but there will also be times when it is really is easy and just kind of flows. For me personally, it's something I've enjoyed enough to want to do again.