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How Interactions Contribute to Thriving
Staff such as hall directors also have an opportunity regarding their resident assistant
supervisory styles. While guidance is provided in such relationships, the personal
outlet for students to engage in meaningful connection is rife with prospects for deeper
discussion (Chambliss & Takacs, 2014). Additionally, for LLC faculty-in-residence
positions with in-hall offices, this could include re-envisioning office hours to go
deeper in one-on-one conversations. Deeper life interactions for sophomore, junior,
and senior students are critical, as the need for reflection on possible paths through
life becomes more urgent as each college year passes. After students' first year, which
is typically a transitional time, they begin " an especially daunting maturational period
in which they must begin to clarify their personal priorities, academic plans, and vocational
paths " (Lindholm, 2010, p. 203). Once they are sophomores, students start to
spend time seriously reflecting on questions such as " Who am I? What do I want to
get out of college? What should my life's work be? " (Lindholm, 2010). As such, deeper
life interactions with concerned faculty and staff in LLCs can help facilitate this development
and help upper-division students process such questions.
The final recommendation from the results of this study is for campus housing
professionals to tailor programming to increase students' interactions with other professional
staff. Professional staff, especially those in residence life or student affairs
roles, have educational credentials and life experiences that provide value for students.
Results of our analysis substantiate previous research (Sriram, Weintraub, et al., 2020)
showing that though students are keenly aware of when they are talking to a faculty
member versus a staff member regarding academic interactions, they do not make a
meaningful distinction between faculty and staff in social or deeper life interactions.
Cocurricular programming, especially in LLCs, often aims to connect students to
faculty through out-of-class experiences. However, it is clear that housing practitioners,
specifically those working with LLCs, should consider how both faculty and staff can be
involved with initiatives aimed to promote interaction. This extends beyond invitations
to other housing professionals to enter LLC spaces to encourage interactions; staff from
across campus should be invited into such spaces to interact with students because
there is such a high value on those interactions in terms of students' success. Staff
practitioners and administrators in functional areas across campus (e.g., multicultural
affairs, Greek life, etc.) should not be perceived as a second-best option to bringing
faculty into program initiatives, but should be prioritized as an equally resourceful connection.
This study showed that even in regard to academic outcomes, these professional
staff, both directly and indirectly, can offer meaningful interactions that contribute
positively to thriving. 
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