Cooper Maya Atkins
Major/Graduation Year: Sophomore, Math Major
Hometown: Seattle, WA
What's your spirit animal? Why?
A cat: I like to lounge around and if am friendly with a lot of people, but others find me intimidating and I can give people glares accidentally. I also like being in a room with people, but I don't need to participate to feel included, much like a cat
Positions you've held on RHA
Treasurer of Merriweather Hall, Assistant Director of Finance, and Director of Finance
Tell us a little about your role in RHA and what you do!
Currently my job is to make and approve all purchases for the executive board, as well as for the organization as a whole. I am in charge of managing, maintaining, and spending the budget, which includes providing funding for advocacy initiatives and for hall council events.
Other Organizations or fun things you are involved in?
Director of Finance for WAMUNC (Washington Area Model United Nations Conference)
Why you like RHA (make it unique)! Tell us what's so cool about it, what made you stay with it, why it matters on campus, etc.
After stopping playing organized sports, I found a different kind of team in RHA. Almost all of my friends have come from the organization, including my new roommates, and it is amazing to be surrounded by other people who are motivated to make the school feel more like a home for everyone on campus!
Favorite RHA memory: (an event, e board thing, GB meetings, etc.)
There are so many! I'll go with when I was the treasurer for Merriweather, I ran an all Vern campus event (the Haunted Chapel), and we had a turnout way above what we expected and it was really my first taste of putting on an event that got people energized and excited. I really got to feel like a part of something better, and that's where I really connected with a lot of my fellow RHA members.
Advice to freshman? Does not have to be RHA related at all! (Study spots, laundry tips, fun places to go, favorite classes, etc.)
Don't be afraid to go for something you think you'll fail at. I ran for treasurer of my hall simply because I figured that if no one else wanted the position then I'd be ok at it. Now, I'm the Director of Finance and found an organization I can dedicate my time to. So, even if you think you won't make the team, won't "fit in" with a cultural society, or anything else, just try it, and you may find the group that will stick with you for the next few years!
Advice to Upperclassmen?
If you have a problem of any kind, or if anything is ever broken, make sure you tell someone. Even if you don't know exactly who to tell, find out! Ask your RA, ask an RHA member, because RHA and the administration wants everything to run smoothly, but we can't fix things if we don't know something's wrong.
I've been in two communist countries for Christmas, of which one included a massive cave party in the middle of a bay.