Resident Assistant

Reference Letter

January 13, 2010


It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Michael W. Anderson. I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Anderson in the Office of Student Life at High Point University as a Resident Director for one year.

Mr. Anderson worked under my supervision as a member of the Residence Life staff. He served as an exemplary R.A. through both his commitment to the students and to the university. The responsibilities of a Resident Assistant are multi-faceted and Mr. Anderson, accompanied by his ability to balance his commitment to maintaining the disciplinary structure of the University and the social aspects of his job, successfully accomplished his duties time and time again.

Michael is a resourceful, creative and solution-oriented person who frequently used these skills in his role as R.A. He planned and successfully implemented new and innovative halls programs for the residents. These programs were meant to encourage a sense of community and belonging to the residents. It was quite evident that Michael quickly built rapport and trust among his fellow Resident Assistants as well as the residents on his hall. One program he ran which particularly stands out in my mind is a pool party which encompassed students beyond his dormitory and included prizes, games, food, and beverages. This program was the first of its kind on campus and helped to encourage other Resident Assistants to try new programs beyond the standard and ill attended pizza and a movie.

On the interpersonal side, Michael functioned excellently as a team leader, planning other programs such as a student Olympics, paper airplane races, and importantly often led the disciplinary duties which other Resident Assistants had trouble handling. He interacted and enjoyed his residents, fellow colleagues, as well as those in supervisory positions. He was respected, both personally and professionally, by students, visiting parents, faculty and staff alike. In addition, Michael’s integrity and ethics are exemplary.

As discussed above, based on my experience working with him, I can recommend Michael Anderson to you without any reservation.

*Contact information regarding the writer of this letter has been removed to protect their privacy and can be obtained via Michael W. Anderson for verification.

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