Interested in HHCA but have some questions? Check out these FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Communication skills, event planning experience, professionalism, and ability to collaborate. Emphasize your own personal strengths in your application and interview. Be confident in your ability to lead!
No, the residential council applications are the same, but filling out the correct application for your dorm allows us to sort through them much easier.
A week after the application is due, interviews will be conducted. For the interviews, business casual is appropriate. There will be 3 HHCA members conducting the interview. The interview will last approximately 15 minutes. Questions like, “What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?”, and “What role do you play on a team?” are common. The interviews are just for us to get to know you better!
Every year is different, and every housing group is different. Some councils may have 5 applicants and all 5 get positions. At other times or in other housing groups, there may be 40 applicants and it's a bit more competitive. Nevertheless, we highly encourage you to apply! If you are not offered a leadership position, we encourage you to serve as a council officer. We do not want you to miss the opportunity to be involved with a great organization.
Co-Presidents (Leadership Board) - We will be filling Co-President positions for all residential councils with the same interview process that we use for general members. Co-Presidents keep the council running smoothly by running meetings, delegating tasks, and fostering leadership development within the council. They also serve on the Leadership Board, which meets every 2 weeks for leadership and professional development.
Council Officers- The other council members will serve as officers. Officers brainstorm event ideas and help bring them to life. The council is a collaborative and interactive environment, allowing Co-Presidents to delegate tasks to officers so that they can pursue events and tasks to suit each officer's interests and strengths.
More information about getting involved can be found here.
Executive Board- Positions have been filled. To apply you must have been involved in HHCA for at least one year. More information can be found here.
Yes, all freshman will have a leadership position. The residential councils are made up of all freshmen living in residential communities. Both officers and co-presidents will have leadership experience on their councils.
It depends on the position and the time of year (if your council has an event coming up, you'll likely be busier). On average, council Co-Presidents can expect about 4 hours per week. Council officers can expect about 2-3 hours per week. All our members are involved in multiple organizations across campus, as well as balancing the commitment with coursework. Your experience is contingent on how much you put in to the organization; what you get out is how much you put in.
Students from all over campus, with different majors and backgrounds are involved in HHCA. To get an idea, check out the different majors and interests of our Executive Board here! The leadership, professional, and personal skills gained from HHCA are beneficial for all majors and professional interests, our members talk about HHCA in interviews all the time.
We are the largest honors organization on campus with 160+ members and 12+ councils annually. We plan at least 50 events each year campus wide. This provides networking opportunities to members and a chance to receive mentorship from older members. Close relationships with your council make HHCA feel small while still having big connections.