As University of Houston-Clear Lake’s first traditional residence hall prepares to open on Aug. 22, resident advisers are already on campus, preparing and receiving additional training to ensure move-in day is efficient and Hunter Hall’s first residents get off to a positive start to the new academic year.
Get to know Hannan Khan, a 21-year-old biology major who would like to become a medical doctor. He is one of the seven Hunter Hall resident advisers ready to help new residents as they transition into life on campus.
Q. What made you decide to become an RA?
Khan: Till now, I have lived away from campus and I wanted to be closer to my professors as well as my fellow students. My first semester I wanted to transfer, but I decided to stay. Now I am active with Student Government Association and I have grown a family here at UH-Clear Lake. Taking care of others is a big responsibility, like what a doctor does. I feel like I’m in training for the role I want—helping people is my main goal.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about living in Hunter Hall?
Khan: I’m excited to meet people living on campus and see the new aspect of life on my own, away from my parents’ home.
Q. What is one thing you’d like residents to know about you?
Khan: I am a first generation American and first generation college student. I am very passionate and competitive, and that’s why I play a lot of sports. I like basketball, football, soccer and ping-pong, but basketball is my go-to. If you want to play ping-pong, I’m the guy! You might not win, but I promise you’ll learn something. There is no such thing as losing, only winning and learning.
Q. What are you doing when you aren’t studying?
Khan: Because I am a science major, there is no “off” because I am learning about the body all the time. When I’m not studying, I am still learning.
Q. What is a goal you have as a resident adviser for the students living on your floor?
Khan: I want everyone to have a good first year experience and a good life on campus. I want to engage with everyone and help people have a positive transition to life here. The best way I can do that is by being right next door to them. I want students to live, learn and engage.
Q. What advice do you have for freshmen or new students?
Khan: College is all about pushing through. Don’t stop, it’s worth it and you can relax later. But right now, you just have to keep pushing. Gaining knowledge is worth the investment.
For more information about Hunter Hall, visit www.uhcl.edu/student-affairs/