Dec 08 2017

Why you should become a HRL student staff member

by blogemu

 

Hello, my name is Josie! Before becoming an office manager of Hill Hall on campus, I was a resident advisor for two years in Walton Hall.

 

I remember applying to become an RA like it was yesterday. Being a student staff member is a lot of responsibility, but it’s a lot of fun and worth every second of it.

 

Here are four reasons why you should apply for a position with Housing and Residence Life!

 

You get to be creative. As a resident advisor (RA) or community programmer (CP), part of the position is putting on programs for residents in your community.

 

Brainstorming ideas for programs might seem stressful, but there is no better feeling than having a successful program! You also have an opportunity to make your floor your own with cool door decorations and creative bulletin boards.

 

You gain active problem solving skills. As a RA, you learn a lot from the people around you. I won’t lie and say the position is easy peasy, because it’s not. There will be times when you have to think fast and think on your feet.

 

At the end of the day, you can say you have conflict resolution skills and the ability to work under pressure.

 

You make a difference in the lives of others. Having worked in a primarily first-year hall, I had the chance to work with students who were experiencing college for the first time, which can be super scary.

 

Being someone’s go-to when they need some help, advice, or just some simple words of encouragement might seem like a lot, but trust me – the impact you make on the lives of residents is something they will remember forever.

 

You get to build your resume. You learn some valuable skills as a student staff member that looks fabulous on a resume. Some of those skills include written and verbal communication, time management, leadership capabilities, knowledge on how to budget, event planning, customer service, and marketing.

 

It’s safe to say that future employers will be impressed when they see the skills you gained from being a student staff member.

Click here to access the application and apply to be a student staff member today!

 

 

 

This blog was brought to you by Housing and Residence Life at EMU.

Dec 06 2017

EMU’s “Wall of Speech”

by blogemu

Do you live in America? Congratulations you have the right to free speech!

 

Whether you are an organization, and elected official, an journalist, an artist, or just an everyday person who has something to say, you have this right. As students at EMU we also have the right to express our freedom of speech on Eastern’s “wall of speech”.

 

The First Amendment to the Constitution gives individuals the right to say whatever they want, so long as their words do not bring harm to another, without fear of government interference.

 

Eastern Michigan University encourages this right and gives their students the opportunity to share their speech by allowing students to put it on the “wall of speech” in the middle of campus.

 

The “wall of speech” consists of two cement walls and nearby cement cylindrical kiosk located in the grassy area between the Rec/IM, Porter, and Pray-Harrold building. According to student government at EMU, these walls are a call for the students’ creativity to communicate upcoming events and other public messages.

 

Utilizing the wall is a great way for students to share their ideas about things going on, on campus or in the world. Whatever they want to write on the wall they can.

 

Whether a group or club on campus wants to promote an event, or whether a person randomly feels like painting, any and everyone should take advantage of this opportunity and should utilize the “wall of speech”

 

If a student or group would like to paint on the “wall of speech”, there are a few rules to remember:

 

  •    Any Eastern Michigan University student may access the walls and the kiosk at any time. Free-speech is waiting for everybody and for nobody! If you want to speak up, do it! But, if you don’t want to deliver your message on the wall of speech, the wall won’t wait for you… It is always there and will always communicate something.

 

  •    Painting any of these spaces does not guarantee that a message will remain for any amount of time. You might finish painting at 10 p.m. only to see the wall repainted again at 5:30 a.m. (true story)

 

  •    The best thing about free speech also contains its biggest weakness; all speech, even hate speech is protected.

 

  •    You must remember, “Every time hate speech is permitted, it costs someone part of his or her self, part of their self-respect, or part of their sanity” (unknown). Hate speech does not accomplish anything. We encourage political, educational and social deliberation that will challenge other people’s thoughts, but before acting, ask yourself what are you trying to achieve with your messages? How are people going to accept and interpret  the messages?

 

  •    If you were exposed to controversial statements that may offend you, try to see them as a spark of a conversation and a debate. The first amendment wasn’t designed to protect mainstream ideas that already have much support and no need for protection, so look at the message as an intellectual debate rather than personal attack.

 

We encourage all students to take out their paint and brushes and put their ideas out for everyone to see! So get out there and do something creative today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.

Nov 28 2017

Life Is Good When You Bleed Green and White! What It’s Like to be an EMU Tour Guide

by blogemu

 

      “Hi! My Name is Faith and I’ll be your tour guide today. We will be starting off right here in the number one student center in the nation! Down this hallway is….”

 

These sentences are ones that I am all too familiar with, but with every opportunity I have to rattle them off, I gain a sense of pride for this amazing university I get to call homE.  

 

      As mentioned above my name is Faith and I would like to tell you a little bit about what it’s like to be a tour guide here at EMU! I have been working in the Admissions Welcome Center for about a year now and everyday is a new adventure.  

      I am going to highlight my three favorite things about working in the office in this post: working with the general public, the people I work with, and the university I get to show off.

 

      First of all, spending an hour and a half to two hours with complete strangers three times a week is always an adventure.  Since we are working with the general public you never really know what to expect.

 

      In fact, we go through around six weeks of training and a bulk of that training covers tough situations that may arise on tours, but I still have felt completely unprepared for some things that have happened.

 

Beyond that, you get to know these strangers and you leave feeling more like friends. It’s so cool to hear about people’s dreams and aspirations and what go them there.  I love learning about different people’s’ passion and watch their passion grow for this school throughout our route.

 

    Next, the people found in the Admissions Welcome Center identify more as a family than as a staff. It has been the time of my life working with some of my closest friends.

 

One of my favorite traditions in the office is when our whole team—tour guides, coordinators, advisors—get together and have breakfast before major events and start our day singing (more like scream) the EMU fight song together. The energy in the room is so positive and soooooo #TRUEMU.

 

      Finally, my favorite part about being a tour guide is being able to show off the place that changed my life.  Eastern Michigan University has meant so much to me and has really made me who I am.

 

The accepting and diverse atmosphere at EMU has allowed me to learn, grow, and explore myself more than I have ever imagined and I finally love who I am, because EMU loves who I am. I often think about who I might’ve become if I ended up elsewhere, and I don’t like the alternative.  

 

      Having a job where I can show others the freedom and opportunity found at this institution is amazing.  I am paid to talk about one of my favorite things in the world. What can I say, life is good when you bleed green and white!

 

 

 

 

Faith Salsbury is a sophomore from Toledo, Ohio studying Social Work with a minor in Leadership and a dream to go into Higher Education Student Affairs. Faith works as a Certified Tour Guide on campus and for the marketing department as a part of their awesome street team. Faith is also a proud member of Delta Zeta Gamma Sigma Sorority, The Diversity and Inclusion Group, and the Honors College.