Throughout the Spotlight Series, we highlight residents and staff to learn about their experiences at College Housing Northwest (CHNW). In this post, we will feature Tiffany, who currently works as Resident Ambassador at University District.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Tiffany and I’m a certified labor doula pursuing a Public Health degree and Lactation certification from Portland State University. My dream is to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. After high school, I lived in West Africa during which I was able to shadow missionary nurses helping women give birth. This experience inspired me to pursue a career supporting women going through childbirth.
How did you come to live here?
Initially, I was attending Concordia University in NE Portland, while my husband was a student at PSU. I later transferred to PSU from Concordia University; shortly after, we (my husband and I) moved to the University District. A couple of months after moving in, I received an email about a Resident Ambassador position and decided to apply. My initial attraction to PSU was the affordable rent and the location of the apartment building. I appreciated that UD was situated close to PSU but not directly on campus.
What has your experience been like living here? Does any particular experience or event stand out?
I was grateful for the support from the CHNW staff on prioritizing school ahead of work. I’ve also enjoyed building relationships with the other Resident Ambassadors.
What would make your experience here better? What do you think CHNW could do better for residents?
My experience has been consistently positive living at University District for about a year. The only thing that could be improved was staff communication with residents. As a resident, I was busy and would forget about an email or overlook a poster. I can only speak for myself but I would have appreciated more communication about office closures, events, job opens, etc.
Would you recommend living here to other students?
If so, why? I would absolutely recommend the University District because this is the perfect place for college students.
College Housing Northwest is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 by students to support students in the areas of housing, academic success, and personal development.