Usually, applications for RA are available in the spring semester and you have to go through an intense interview process as well, where Res Life will consider factors such as your GPA, your involvement in school-related functions, your dedication, positive attitude, and being an involved member of the SMC community. You can only start applying for RA positions going into your sophomore year and being chosen as an RA would also replace any work study job that you had.
If you're interested, the process of becoming an RA can be found here: http://www.smcvt.edu/studentlife/office/ra_selection.asp
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