Meet Allison, A Resident Assistant!

The Basics

Name: Allison Wallen 

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Year: 2016

Major: Public Communication with a Minor in Legal Studies

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

The Favorites

Favorite film: The Twilight Series

Favorite food: Shrimp Alfredi

Favorite song at the moment: Lost Boy by Ruth B. 

Favorite color: Blue, but I have an obsession with green 

Favorite TV Show: Jane the Virgin 

Favorite place to visit in Buffalo: Not really a place, but I love going to any street fair that's is going on in Buffalo 

The Interesting Facts

Hobbies: Writing poetry and collecting sneakers 

If you could switch places with anybody for a week, who would it be and why: I would like to switch places with my mother. I choose her because I would like to know first-hand the things she goes through as a single mother. Also, I'm the type of person who likes to know things ahead of time. I would want to know what it is like to be a parent before I actually am one. 

Celebrity Crush: Kind of don't have one 

If you won the lottery, what would you do? I would pay off my credit card bills, set some money aside for my little sister's college education, and of course buy nonsense for myself. 

Relationship Status: COMPLICATED

What are your aspirations? To be happy with everything I do and to hopefully change someone's life

When did you become a Resident Assistant? This is my frist year as a RA/First Year Mentor

What is the best experience you've had during your time as a RA? I have so many to only pick one. But I can say the best part of every day is coming back from a long day and seeing my residents waiting to speak to me or ask me about my day. It's absolutely amazing to know that they waited all day to tell me their achievements, sorrows, or just wanted to hang out and watch "Bad Girls Club"

Do you wish you would've became a RA sooner? Yes and no. I do believe the position does require some amount of growth to do your absolute best. I also believe you need to be in a certain part of your life, willing to accept the lessons and struggles that come with having a position like this. Things like working with people that may not have the same views as you or to be in charge and be a leader to youth that don't see that they need guidance. 

What's your favorite thing about being a RA? The change I'm making in the lives of my residents