South Tower leader Nora Bhangi talks RM training, building community and the best things about being a Residential Leader.
This year marks the 3rd year of my PhD studies as well as my roles as a Residential Mentor (RM) and an International Resident Academic Mentor (AM) with UON Student Living. It has indeed been quite THE experience. I have met people from all walks of life on-campus and suddenly, the world just seems so small. People from everywhere are brought together because of the vibrant community that we have on campus.
Throughout my time here, I have acquired great skills and values in my roles that I can apply in various contexts. These are areas that I’ve grown to become competent in and they definitely transcend beyond learning in a lecture hall setting. In order to prepare and equip leaders for their roles, we have to attend training every year. This year, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to assist in training future RMs and AMs. I had conducted a Cultural Intelligence workshop which aimed at bringing greater awareness to diversity and also the traditions as well as common practices among our international residents on-campus. I am glad and very appreciative that it was effective and well received.
“I have met people from all walks of life on-campus and suddenly, the world just seems so small. People from everywhere are brought together because of the vibrant community that we have on campus.”
I feel that being a leader has given me the platform to inspire and be inspired. It is a great position to be in as I’ve had multiple opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others and in doing so, built great friendships along the way. The best part of being a leader is that you get to help people and see the positive impact that your efforts have made. Most importantly, being passionate and humble as a leader are definitely the best traits to have and develop in the role.
A leader is also an influential figure and someone who can guide the ethos and culture of a community. Being a leader in a community that was established only in 2015 has indeed allowed me to help create an environment that is engaging, friendly, positive, healthy, successful and of course, has lots of smiles!
If you’re thinking about becoming a Residential Leader next year, keep an eye out on our channels for more information on how to apply in Semester Two.
Feature Image: Nora Bhangi