The opportunity to work with high- achieving students. The College’s students are so incredible and passionate — being a small part of their journeys has been amazing and has kept me engaged year in and year out. Residential Life is incredibly dynamic, which is what makes it exciting. We see students at all times of the day, in their homes, during their good times and their not-so-good times. We really get to know students holistically; it’s challenging but fun at the same time.
There is no typical day, and I love that! Each day brings new challenges and experiences. Much of my day-to-day involves supporting the Residential Life staff in their work with students — programming, leadership development, crisis response, wellness, behavioral conduct concerns, housing issues and so on.
Helping students feel more at home in the Columbia community, whether that be by supporting them through a crisis, or helping them find connections through fraternities, sororities, special interest communities or in their residence halls. It is rewarding to see students develop a sense of belonging.
We all have gone through so much during the past year and a half, and many students haven’t been on campus. Moving into this year, Residential Life wants to be intentional about connecting with students to support them as they integrate or reintegrate themselves into the community.
The ability to see folks in person — meeting students over Zoom is just not the same! Being able to connect in person is so valuable, and I really look forward to getting back to that.
My advice to all students would be to remember the many resources that are available to you on campus and to not hesitate to reach out if you need something. I encourage everyone to take it one day at a time and to be patient as you experience the highs and lows that come with any big transition.
I am a Broadway fanatic and have seen more than 100 shows. I’m very much looking forward to Broadway reopening this fall! If anyone is looking for a new show, I highly recommend Six, which comes back on September 17. It is super fun and upbeat — like being at a concert. Also, great for any history buffs because it centers on the wives of Henry VIII (I majored in history so this really hit the spot!).
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