Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Katie Hippert
Attending school in a new city where you don’t know many people can be rough; especially in college because you only spend a few hours with the same people in each class. Situations like this make it hard to meet new people and make new friends. One Nevada student found a unique way to break out of her shell.
Jessica Goldstein, 18, a Las Vegas native, is this year’s new Residence Hall Association (RHA) president. This is her second year in RHA and she says it has helped her become more sociable.
“I use to just focus on classes and didn’t want to go out and meet new people,” Goldstein said. “Now I look forward to meeting new people.”
She got started in the organization by living in the resident halls, one of the main rules for being a part of RHA. She heard about what the organization does and a counselor told her to get involved. Since she joined the organization, her perspective has changed.
“It makes me appreciate what everyone in res-life does,” Goldstein said. “There is more going on than we see from the outside and they get people in the halls doing more.”
Goldstein described RHA as the government of the residential halls. If problems or concerns arise in the halls, RHA is the organization that takes action to resolve the issues. They also hold weekly board meetings where they discuss policies, budget, programs and events that they host.
Goldstein said she is excited for the year to come and ready to take on her new position as president of RHA. In addition to the work she does with the organization, she is also taking a full load of pre-nursing courses in hopes of being accepted to the nursing program here at Nevada. And although her workload will be heavy, she said it’s important to be involved in on-campus activities.
“It makes it feel like home when you are involved.” Goldstein said. “When you are able to look back and say that you didn’t just go for classes, you actually got involved in the campus life, it makes it worth it.”
As the new president, Goldstein is excited to announce the new programs they are offering this year for their residents.
Microfridge is a program they are offering to students who would like to rent a microwave and mini refrigerator for the duration of the semester. The appliance will be in the resident hall room when the students arrive and picked up at the end of the semester, so it’s hassle-free.
Another new program they started this year partners with Bed Bath & Beyond where any items students purchase for their dorms can be shipped directly to the school and will be waiting in their room when they arrive.
“Those are just a few of the changes we made this year and we are excited to see how it all works out,” Goldstein said.
If you would like to get involved with RHA or if you have any questions you should contact your RA.