Skills That Last a Lifetime
The skills you learn as a residence life staff member will stay with you long after graduation. Read what a few of our past team members have to say:
- Jared Sander ('12), med student at UND: "When I worked in the hospital, and now working in groups in school, ResLife modeled how to effectively work in teams by recognizing your own strengths/weaknesses and adapting them for effective communication and collaboration."
- Josh Van de Hinz ('07), high school educator: "It helped me develop a self-awareness that is crucial for any would be leader to have. It gave me a chance to acquire a skill set needed to help foster community and create positive culture. I use these skills everyday as a teacher; It is basically a crash course in 21st century skill development: communication, collaboration, creativity and character."
- Rebecca Duffy ('08 ), attorney: "I also think res life teaches you to work with people with varying backgrounds and life experiences and teaches you to respect and appreciate people who have views that differ from your own."
- Shelly Lemons ('03), full-time mom to two incredible kids: " I use the skills I learned in residence life very frequently. Communication, conflict resolution, and collaboration are the biggest. I think that so very few people know how to resolve conflict and how to address it assertively, but I KNOW res life has helped with that."
- Kim Jackson Faye ('06), grad student (Masters in Social Work): I would echo sentiments around effective communication (especially listening) and mobilizing people around programs, service opportunities, and issues that they care about.
- Sudhir Selvaraj ('11), production head at Mentor Magazine.: The skill/ ability which I gained through ResLife which is not listed here is stepping up - being eager to help and being confident in my ability to do it.