Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.
Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, andâ€”most importantlyâ€”help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves. Residence Life staff positions include:
- Residence Advisor
- Senior Residence Advisor
- Programme Resource Centre Advisor
- Residence Coordinator
Recruitment takes place in January. Length of employment is approximately eight monthsâ€”late August to late April.
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a new opportunity.
I applied to work in Residence Life partly from intrigue as to the experiences this new opportunity could offer me. Now I can tell you that this job has completely changed my life. Every day I have the opportunity to positively influence every first year student. I get to plan events that interest me and even more importantly, interest others. From hiking up mountains to facilitating discussions on sexual health, I can be involved.
What I enjoy the most is the opportunity to make connections with diverse people. This job has given me the opportunity to go from a student entering a new university, a stranger who did not know anyone, to becoming a person who interacts with students representing all faculties. I have met students who will compete in the Olympics, students who will work on helping humans go to Mars, and students that will one day perform on Broadway.
Residence Life is not a job; it is an incredible opportunity that has enhanced my life. It has motivated me to continue on my path to becoming a teacher and even possibly a UBC History professor. If you have even the slightest inclination to know what Residence Life can do for you, take this opportunity: who knows where it might take you!
Joe Stevens, 20,Â Place Vanier Residence
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts (History)
Hometown: Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. My office is my home.
When I first lived in residence, I loved my buildingâ€™s community. Thatâ€™s why I became an Advisor in 2014. I wanted to help create a community for other students. My fellow residents inspire me. I am surrounded by leaders, musicians, doctors, and of course a couple comedians. Most importantly, my residents have shown me that my presence in the community matters to their experience in Residence Life.
This opportunity has helped me on my journey to become a lawyer. Iâ€™ve develop essential skills such the importance of time management, interpersonal skills, and teamwork.
One of the main reasons I return to Residence Life each year is because my team becomes a family. Without their love, guidance, and support, it is debatable if I would be where I am today. They have pushed me to try new opportunities I would never dream of.
Residence Life is a family, and the friendships will last my entire life.
Candace Formosa, 20,Â Fairview Crescent Residence
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts (Commerce and Accounting)
Hometown: Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s watching people discover their potential.
Originally a commuter student in my first year, my journey was touched by amazing Collegia Advisors who believed in me and supported me every day. I became a Residence Advisor because I wanted to be that face for residents along the way, and work with a fellow-minded group of people. Flash forward a year and three residence areas later, and Iâ€™m here because this job is still just as much fun. My residents and coworkers teach me something every day: from how to make overnight oats, to new study methods.
Working in Residence Life has strangely taught me more about myself than anything else. Iâ€™ve learned a lot about healthy goal setting, what feedback style I respond best to, and which type of pizza dip is the best. My favourite things about this job are mostly behind the scenes: program planning, decorating my community to make it more inviting or just having a really informal chat with a resident. Â Advisors watch residents grow in one of the most transformative times of their lives: entering adulthood. Itâ€™s not without its ups and downs, but weâ€™re right there throughout the process to provide support and help residents realize just how capable and amazing they really are.
Derrick Gravener, 20,Â Totem Park Residence
Undergraduate. Bachelor of Arts (Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice, and Creative Writing)
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a way of life.
I first applied for this role to make connections in a city I was new to, while fostering my leadership capabilities. Residence Life gave me a platform to realize my potential as an active student leader while supporting me through my PhD, which in turn can be a stressful endeavour. The reason I have kept returning to Residence Life is because it gave me a safe space to accept, nurture and make the best of who I am as a person and who I would like to be moving forward. Itâ€™s like being in a family where everyone looks out for each other while challenging one another to grow and flourish.
As residence advisors we have the enormous responsibility of looking out for our residents and being role models in the community however, the training and expertise that exists in RezLife makes it absolutely effortless to give your 100% percent. Through my years here I have built relationships, helped others through emotional, social and physical stress, have motivated and shared and in turn learned how to care and create awareness.
So, Residence Life has become a way of life. It is how I have chosen to live and make the most of my time by giving back to community while cultivating my personal development.
Sneha Balani, 26,Â Marine Drive Residence
PhD Candidate: Interdisciplinary Oncology, Faculty of Medicine
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a way to improve yourself.
I have worked as a Residence Advisor for two years. I first applied for the position because I saw it as a great way to further immerse myself in Residence Life after spending a year as a part of the Gage Residence Association. While I was right about this and had the chance to join a very large, deep community, what brought me back a second time is how the job challenges you to be at your best in many roles: as a teammate, a student, a community member, a leader and more.
Gurvir Sangha, 21,Â Walter Gage Residence
Fifth-year undergraduateÂ : Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia