In September, Freshman Jessica Holler received a call few freshmen receive. She was asked, on the day before her 18 birthday, to be the resident adviser of Claudius 5 South. Within two days, she found herself preparing for a new adventure at ORU.
JJ: Being even a second-semester freshman, that’s still baptism by fire to be thrust into a leadership position like that. How has the experience been so far?
JH: At first, I was a little overwhelmed because I felt I wasn’t prepared. But, it was actually really ironic how the Lord moved. I work for [Student Association] as well. We were here the same time RAs and chaplains were going through the same training.
[We went] through all the different speakers about drugs, alcohol, sexual harassment. I just didn’t know that it was going to be used for an RA position. I was just there for SA.
JJ: What has the RA program added to your life?
JH: ORU already has a ton of community. So that’s a word overworked I feel. But the support that I’ve gotten from the RA program is insane. I had my first team meeting on Monday. That’s just when all the RAs get together, all the female RAs.
I was very surprised at how backed-up I felt whenever I was there. All of the women, even singing in worship together, were super empowering. So I think that being in the RA program has empowered me, definitely to believe in myself, that I can do this, but more on top of that.
They have helped me realize that it’s not because of me that I’m in this position. Obviously this is a work of the Lord, this wasn’t on my plan at all. [I have realized] it’s okay to not know exactly what’s going to happen. That’s where the Lord steps in, to fill in. It’s been really awesome.
JJ: It appears you already have reached quite a level of success early on. So what’s next for you?
JH: I don’t know. I mean honestly, I like to serve. I’ve always been that kind of person. Sometimes, I overwork myself. I work off campus. I work at Plato’s closet and I love working there. So I’ve really tried to not overwork myself.
I am a marketing major, so I joined in the [Student Association] Marketing Department.
SA is family and it’s great. I have been so blessed with all this support even before I moved to Gucci to be the RA. When I was on Legacy, I was there with people I went to high school with and graduated with and the friendships and the bonds were deep. I feel like the Lord almost prepared me for this change throughout all of those different support groups.
So, I don’t know. I would love to continue being the RA the rest of my time here. If that’s all I do, that’s perfect. I think that’s great. I don’t know. Whatever the Lord has planned.