Being a Good Neighbor
Welcome to the neighborhood! As MU students living off-campus, it can be difficult to acclimate to life away from home and out of the residence halls. Here are a few tips you can use to help your new neighborhood feel a little more like home:
Model the behavior you would like to see from others. You don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night if you have a test at 8:00 the next morning. The same is true for your neighbors - they might have work or class in the morning, be elderly, or have small children.
Adopt a positive and solution-driven approach to resolving conflicts. Whether you’re facing a conflict with a neighbor or butting heads with your roommate, following this simple tip will help you find a constructive and practical way to address the problem. Need help handling a conflict? Contact Off-Campus Student Services at (573) 882-1753 to schedule a consultation.
Take time to learn more about a background or culture you are not familiar with to expand your own perspective and interpersonal skills. MU and the City of Columbia have hugely diverse populations. Take time to get to know your neighbors and find some shared interests. Fostering friendships and positive neighborhood relations enhances our overall health and may lead to new experiences or networking opportunities you didn’t expect!
Always remember to say please and thank you. Kindness has a ripple effect that extends far beyond the initial recipient. Treating others with respect and consideration can be as simple as being polite, no matter the setting. Set an example and be the best Tiger you can be!