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Meet the Team: Residence Life Coordinators

By ResLife 22 Sep 2020

The Residence Life Coordinators are full-time staff at the university who manage the Residence Life Assistants. We are also available to chat to students on request – just email residencelife@cardiff.ac.uk. We also have a Residence Life Manager who looks after the whole team.

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Name: Jessie
Hometown: Cardiff
Responsible for: North Campus
How long have you been an RLC: 2 years
What motivates you to help and support students: I have always been drawn to working with people. After studying psychology at Uni, I have gone on to work in a variety of jobs, but always supporting people. I find working with the new students at Cardiff such an interesting, diverse and rewarding experience made even better when they return the following year as part of our ever growing Reslife team!
What is the most satisfying part of your job: It’s great to see a student that we have been able to support attending a Reslife event and you hear that everything is now going well for them (even better if they feel that Reslife played a part in that!)
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? Honestly, I think each one has its appeal. I love Talybont though for its location, close to town and Bute park on the doorstep.
What advice would you give to new students? You never know how it’s going to feel until you get there; it can be overwhelming, amazing, lonely, exciting and scary all at the same time. Just know that however you feel is OK, and if you don’t feel OK there is someone to listen, hear and support you. You will find your place!

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Name: Lauren
Hometown: Hengoed, Wales
Responsible for: South Campus
How long have you been an RLC: 1.5 years
What motivates you to help and support students: I remember how hard I found it to adjust to uni life when I was starting out as a student, and I was massively helped by RLAs in my accommodation. It feels very rewarding to be able to help students that are in the place I once was!
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Seeing students thrive at uni! It is difficult for everyone to adjust, but once you find your place it can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I would probably live in Uni Hall – the grounds are so pretty and it’s just a short walk down the hill to Roath Park. I also love the lounge space and feel I would have spent a lot of time studying and socialising there.
What advice would you give to new students? Try new things! Some of the most fun and interesting experiences I had at uni were through trying something I had never done before or didn’t think I would be interested in. By doing this, you also get to meet people from so many different backgrounds and cultures that you may not have met otherwise!

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Name: Charlotte
Hometown: Cardiff
Responsible for: Uni Hall, Cartwright Court & Roy Jenkins
For how long have you been an RLC: Since the team was created in March 2018!
What motivates you to help and support students: I was a quiet and shy student who was afraid to try new things.  I truly believe that everyone deserves to thrive in life and that some of us need a helping hand or words of encouragement to do so. I’m grateful to be in a job where I can be the person I needed when I was a student.
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Seeing the different levels of community, it’s like a ripple effect. At training week, the RLAs are strangers but by the end of the week they have bonded, not just in their site groups but as an overall group. They then grow this sense of community in their halls of residence and the wider University. It’s great to see the RLAs and other students flourish!
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I’m a lover of nature so it would have to be University Hall because it has lots of green space and squirrels! It’s also a short walk to Roath Park Lake to visit the ducks and swans. I’m not much of a winter person so being able to catch the bus to and from lectures on a cold and wet day would be another win.
What advice would you give to new students? Be an includer. If someone in your flat or on your course is quiet or often alone, reach out. They could be finding it hard to adjust to University life and a friendly face and quick chat could make a world of difference to them. 
If you’re unsure about something and are worried it’s a silly question, ask for help or advice. There are so many people that are happy to help.

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Name: Noel
Hometown: Bridgend, Wales
Responsible for: Talybont
For how long have you been an RLC: 2.5 years
What motivates you to help and support students: Wanting to ensure students have the opportunity to be their best
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Helping people who feel they are lost find their way
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? Talybont North – firstly for the opportunities to play sport and exercise on the site, the location to the great green spaces, the availability of Next bikes and exciting social life on the site.
What advice would you give to new students? Remember, University is a journey of self-improvement, what you learn about yourself is as important as what you learn academically. Embrace change, welcome the challenge, enjoy your time. You will get succeed.

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Name: Elizabeth
Hometown: Louisville, KY, USA
Responsible for: The RLCs
For how long have you been an RLC: 3 years, though I’ve worked in Student Support with residents for much longer.
What motivates you to help and support students: I love helping people. Watching a student succeed who was once struggling is the greatest reward.
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Getting to know our RLAs. They are engaged, passionate, and devoted peers and it’s a privilege to watch them grow in the role and enjoy helping others.
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I actually think about this a lot and it would probably be Uni Hall. I love the city views and the green spaces, and if it’s cold and rainy a bus can take you to campus.
What advice would you give to new students? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being a new student isn’t easy and there are teams like ours that just want help. There is no such thing as a stupid question and you can’t scare us, so please share with us. We can help.

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