Devin Gaines on Becoming an RA

The summer before his junior year of high school, Devin Gaines was one of 800 students who participated in the nationwide Boys State program. Students attend legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, and learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens. They also get to meet the representatives of their state at the capitol.

Devin’s grade point average of 3.8 and his governance skills from being a former Boys State student became a great asset when he decided to apply to be a Menlo College Resident Assistant (RA). Devin passed the RA interview process with a glowing review by staff and faculty members.

“As an RA, I have had to learn how to work with different people and their problems, such as roommate troubles or difficulty with girlfriends,” said Devin. “I have learned how to be creative to get people to attend our events. Getting people to attend events is a challenge. If there is something interesting, they’ll come, but otherwise, forget about it. The main thing about being an RA is you have to be able to communicate. Being shy won’t work for this job,” said Devin.

When asked about his most fulfilling experience as an RA, Devin said, “I’m definitely proud of outfitting a lounge on the second floor of Kratt. We took the door off a dorm room and turned it into a lounge where students can do homework, or watch TV, and play video games.” Devin searched on Craigslist to find couches, and he donated his own TV to furnish the lounge. The lounge opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, February 18.