The first workshop is primarily an information session for you to hear from our current team about “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” It is certainly true that the RA job has some difficult challenges, but we strongly believe the rewarding experiences outweigh the tough moments by a significant degree! You will be able to ask questions and get real answers from students who are currently working as RAs at Tropicana!
After the initial informative week, we dive into workshop activities including puzzles, thought exercises, art projects, personality discussions, and even physical activities to allow our team to get to know you, and you to get to know other participants in the workshops. After all, if you are hired, you’ll be working with some of the other candidates for a year!
The final week of workshops will be a round robin interview with, where you’ll have approximately 10 minutes to meet in a 3:1 setting with the Executive Director, Director of Residence Life, and all other Tropicana Directors. This is your last opportunity to showcase your portfolio, ask and answer questions, and give some final insights into why you feel you would be a great RA.
The RA role is an incredible experience (and resume) builder, and the challenges of the role may not be desirable for everyone. As the workshops progress, we may decline to continue with some participants if we feel they may not be a good fit for the RA role at Tropicana. Additionally, some students may self-select themselves out of the process if they learn that the RA role is not what they have in mind or desire. We certainly understand when students choose not to continue, even if we think they would be spectacular in the role, and we hope those students we choose not to move forward with understand that, while we sometimes wish we could hire everyone, we have a limited number of spaces for hiring.
The workshops are held twice a week at the same time for each workshop.
Please make sure you can attend the same workshop each week. The full schedule is:
Workshop attendance is not mandatory, but it is also your opportunity for more interview time. In some special cases we may permit individuals to participant in the Round Robin Interviews without attendance at the Workshops, but this is not guaranteed. Remember that the workshops and the Round Robin session are your interview! Candidates who do not interview cannot be selected.