To Inspire and Be Inspired: A Leader’s Journey

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.

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From left to right: Nora, Sally, Gemma, Dan, Hannah, Lauren and Ashley (Part of the South Tower Leadership Team)

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.

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Nora and her Summer Stay residents at Taronga Zoo

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!

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South Tower winning Residence of the Year in 2016

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.Β 

Feature Image:Β Nora Bhangi

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