Around 100 freshmen who live in a dormitory volunteered to clean their dormitory to give cleaning staffs an official vacation. Seven cleaning staffs who work at UNIST dormitories received a special vacation on November 6, 2015.
Volunteer freshmen visited the cleaning staffs to give them the gifts of gratitude (Hand Cream) and explained about the volunteering event they planned on November 5. Staffs instructed students about safety regulations and specific tips of cleaning. On the next day, cleaning staffs left for the vacation and students cleaned both inside and outside of all nine dormitory buildings including public bathrooms, kitchens and student lounges from 8 am to 4 pm.
Mrs. Bok Ja Song, one of the cleaning staffs, at UNIST since 2012, says, “I can’t say how much I was happy when I heard the news. It is a tiring job, but I have always been proud of making a clean environment for students. I will spend my special vacation preciously since it is a valuable gift from students. My coworkers and I will keep working our best to provide a warm living place for students.”
Mr. Hong Ki Ahn (School of General Studies), a student volunteer, says, “Cleaning was more difficult than merely thinking about it. I think we should use our dormitory neatly and try to show our appreciation to cleaners when we meet them.”
After the cleaning event, students planned to have a ‘Clean Dormitory Campaign’ by making the video of this volunteering activity, so other students can realize how much cleaning staffs have done for UNIST campus. Mr. Hwisu Jeon (School of Natural Science) who led the volunteering activity says, “It was a great opportunity to show our appreciation to cleaning staffs. We will keep campaigning for a clean campus.”
This cleaning service was one of the RA (Residential Adviser) Mentorship Programs for guiding freshmen’s dormitory life. UNIST RA Mentorship Programs help freshmen to get used to live in the dormitory more easily by communicating with other students and building a community spirit.