The Basics: My Job

An image of Galena after the 2013 flood that devastated the village.
An image of Galena after the 2013 flood that devastated the village.

I am working as a Resident Advisor at a boarding school in Galena, Alaska. Here is some basic information about where I live and what my job entails:

Galena
Population: About 400 residents
Location: Interior Alaska on the Yukon River
Demographics: The students are 95% Alaskan Native. There are just a handful of white students.
Recent History: There was a devastating flood in Galena in May of 2013 which caused extensive damage to the village. The flood was caused by an ice jam on the Yukon. Many aid groups have made trips into Galena to help rebuild homes.
        
The School
Type: Vocational Boarding School
Grades: 9th-12th
Student Enrollment: 230 students
Location: Former Air Force Base

Me with some of my students during our school volleyball tournament.
Me with some of my students during our school volleyball tournament.

Being an RA
Full-time position with benefits
Work hours: usually 3:00 pm-11:00 pm; Off days are Wednesday and Thursday.
Before arriving in Galena I assumed that this job would be very similar to being an RA in college. I was wrong. It is much more involved. RAs act as dorm parents to the students, supervise areas of life on campus, assist with homework, plan extracurricular events, coach sports, lead clubs, counsel distraught girls, and even break up fights from time to time. More than a handful of students call me “mom.”

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