They’re one of the first people you meet on move-in day, and some of the last smiles you’ll see before you leave Butler University. Murjanatu Mutuwa is a senior RA in Irvington, the new, state-of-the-art residence hall on campus. Along with pursuing a double major in Strategic Communications and International Studies, Murjanatu spends countless hours with her residents on a daily basis. Butler RA’s are full-time students who dedicate their time to helping students find their home away from home on campus. Murjanatu gives a bit of insight into her leadership experience.
Why did you decide to become an RA?
“I thought it made sense. I loved being able to care for people and I like planning things. I also make a mean door dec, so I thought, ‘Hey, maybe this job was made for me!’”
What’s your favorite memory as an RA?
“I threw my resident’s a formal. It was so fun to see them all get dressed up and dance together. Afterwards, they sent me a card with a photo of all of us smiling together.”
How do you think being an RA has impacted your Butler experience?
“This isn’t just a job, these are the people you live with and the people you end up caring the most for.”
What are some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome as an RA?
“It’s a huge time commitment, and it’s hard to be a student with all the academic and social expectations. Along with the school work, you are also a support system, advisor, and rule-enforcer for 40 individuals. It is hard to juggle all of that and to feel as though you are doing it well.”
What is your advice to future students interested in becoming an RA?
“It is the most rewarding role one can have on campus. If you take it seriously, you’ll play a major role in your residents’ lives, and they will a play key role in your Butler journey.”