Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Why have a lazy weekend when you can experience the opportunities of growth, trust, and respect through meatballs?  Yes, I said meatballs!  More specifically, a spaghetti and meatball dinner.

This weekend, I opened my apartment to my eight resident assistants and my fellow graduate resident director for a spaghetti dinner, and the outcome was amazing!  Through opening up my space of comfort to my staff, the eight resident assistants came to the first spring semester staff meeting with a new sense of openness and trust about themselves as well.  I saw the new spring semester resident assistant staff discuss stories about each of their families and backgrounds, while the other graduate resident director and I were cooking, and we became overjoyed.  My fellow coworker and I were overjoyed simply because we knew the spring semester was off to a great start. A small yet successful event for a new staff produced a successful team from a group of eight unique individuals.

So if you are a student leader or even just want to build a sense of community within your friends and family:

  1. Invite your friends, family, or fellow staff members over to your apartment for a fun event                            (family dinner or a game night) 
  2. Ask a couple of friends, family, or fellow staff members to accompany you to the store to pick up supplies for the event
  3. Open up a piece of your comfort space, through a fun activity, like a family dinner or a game night
  4. Keep in mind you do not have to share your whole comfort space, you can keep some areas private, but be sure to make your guest aware 
  5. Be prepared to have to start the conversations 
  6.  See that through your openness, how others bring a new sense of openness and trust about themselves to the gathering  

Maybe even throw in a few meatballs and a spaghetti dinner, you never know what the outcome could be!

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