Today’s RA Spotlight shines on Vanya Koepke. This is Vanya’s first year as a RA, applying for the position because “the RA’s in Roy encouraged me to apply my junior year. They thought my personality would further the resident community and campus,” as well as noting that the RA position is a wonderful opportunity to further his leadership skills.
This might be his first year but Vanya has already learned a lot.
“Working as a RA has taught me the importance of understanding and being sensitive to the often missed uniqueness of our diverse campus community,” Vanya said. “I continually strive to learn more about the background of all UWGB students and meet them where they are.”
Vanya’s favorite part of being a RA is his fellow staff and students and the ability to encourage students when needed, saying “often it’s the small things that get the residents excited.”
In addition to having enthusiasm for his residents, Vanya shows great school spirit as part of the Green Bandana Brigade.
“My favorite part of being a student at UWGB has to be the Green Bandana Brigade. When you talk about building an energetic campus atmosphere, our incredible student section has to be it,” Vanya said. “More importantly, these students are involved in campus organizations and represent the diverse plethora of academic departments. This organization which I am part of represents the UWGB vision of 360* of learning quite well.”
There are many memories made as a RA and Vanya’s favorite memory thus far is RA training camp because of the bonding done between so many wonderful individuals.
“I am very fortunate to know my fellow RAs and every individual that works at the Community Center. Each one continues to do a phenomenal job to make our campus one of belonging and pride,” Vanya said. “I would like to give a special shout-out to Jeff Willems who has been my inspiration and a big part of my involvement here at UW-Green Bay.”
Thank you Vanya for all that you do!