Student Living Made Simple
Student Living is not complicated; don’t overthink it. Living and teaching fundamental principles of love, responsibility, respect, kindness, honesty, cooperation, and forgiveness is Student Living. Make Student Living a daily part of your work.
Watch the first video and consider the following questions:
- What made this apartment special?
- What principles and/or values did you see in action?
- What is your role in helping residents create this type of apartment?
- How can you more strongly exemplify the principles of Student Living?
Watch this next video and consider the following questions:
- How can you show more love to your residents in natural and simple ways?
- How can you inspire your residents to show love to their roommates and others?
- How can you follow the Savior’s example to be a better leader and manager?
Your Influence As A Manager
Teaching residents is inherent in the daily life of a manager. In the simplest of ways, your words and actions can significantly influence residents.
Watch the following videos and ponder these questions:
- How does Student Living contribute to my purpose as a manager?
- How do I make Student Living a natural part of my daily work?
- How can I measure my influence on residents?
The following videos discuss dealing with conflict.
Ponder the insights given and consider how you can apply these principles to conflicts that arise.
Building a Student Living Culture
Watch the following video and consider these questions:
- In what ways am I already promoting principles of Student Living?
- How can I set the example of Student Living as a manager
- How can I implement Student Living in natural ways?
Managers have a unique opportunity to create and foster a warm and inviting culture at their complex. An approved housing complex should be a place where students feel valued and respected.
The following videos show Student Living in action. What can you do as a manager to encourage this way of life?
As you build a Student Living culture, consider these five steps.
What Are Student Living Meetings?
Landlords are expected to host a student living meeting at the start of each semester. These meetings are a great opportunity for landlords and managers to teach important principles that build and strengthen roommate relationships and set a general atmosphere for the property. The Student Living principles of Love, Mutual Respect, and Shared Responsibility are the primary focus of each meeting and how they apply to an apartment setting. The meetings should favor principle-based dialogue rather than rule-heavy instruction. Apartment rules should be communicated and discussed, but helping students understand the student living principles will influence their behavior far more than simply reading or being told the rules. The Lord’s ultimate desire is for His children to learn to govern themselves by true principles.
How Do I Have A Successful Student Living Meeting?
Student Living Meetings can be conducted in a variety of ways. No matter which way you conduct your meeting, the most important element to your success is your own personal preparation and conviction in what you teach. As you plan your meeting, give great consideration to its structure, the way you present your topic(s), the actual content of the presentation, and the use of various resources. For further guidance, please review the items below on how to have a successful Student Living Meeting.
- Group size is 35 or less.
- The venue accommodates the entire group comfortably.
- The setup allows for all students to be seated in a way that promotes participation and discussion.
- Presentation is engaging and entirely discussion-based.
- Questions are well-formulated, relevant, and open-ended, prompting meaningful dialogue and interaction among students.
- Content is centered on Student Living.
- Scenarios are posed that clearly reinforce the practical application of Student Living.
- A meaningful invitation and method for follow-up are given.
Sometimes it is hard to know where to start. With limited time between semesters and/or limited teaching experience, preparing a Student Living Meeting can seem impossible. To help alleviate this burden, we have a number of outlines already prepared for your use. As you prayerfully consider the needs of your residents, identify an outline that works best for them. Do your best to prepare in advance to foster the outcome you desire for your meeting.