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Give to Receive & Succeed in Student Housing – with Jeremy Thompson

As with most things, the amount of effort, dedication and heart you put into a career in student housing is directly correlated with what you get back. And Jeremy Thompson contends that if you go in with an open mind and really give it a shot, the profession may surprise you.

Jeremy is the Regional Vice President of Capstone On-Campus Management. In his ten years at COCM, Jeremy served as a Site Director, Site Operations Specialist and Regional Manager before taking on his current role in 2016. Today, Jeremy joins us as a continuation of the ‘How I Got into Student Housing’ series. He explains how being a commuter student led him to understand the importance of building relationships with peers on campus and describes how the community development aspect of being an RA attracted him to the position.

Jeremy discusses how supporting the development of a team as a Graduate Hall Director inspired his career in student housing—and continues to be the most rewarding part of his job as Regional VP. Listen in to understand why navigating several different sites and competing responsibilities is the most challenging part of Jeremy’s current role and get his advice on approaching the profession with an open mind and willingness to give!

Topics Covered

  • How being a commuter student led Jeremy to understand the importance of community
  • Why the community development aspect of being an RA attracted Jeremy to the position
  • How serving a team as a Graduate Hall Director inspired Jeremy’s student housing career
  • The challenges Jeremy faces in navigating several different sites as Regional VP of COCM
  • Why supporting the development of his team is the most rewarding part of Jeremy’s role
  • The top lessons Jeremy has learned throughout his career in student housing
    • Take care of students
    • Use ‘newspaper test’
    • Document everything
    • Follow-up is key
  • Jeremy’s advice on going into student housing with an open mind + willingness to give

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Leigh Anne is the Director of Creative and Brand Marketing at COCM. In her role, she supports the development and implementation of the annual corporate marketing plan. She is responsible for overall brand strategy, content marketing, social media, video production, COCM’s website, marketing materials design and production, as well as serving as our liaison for COCM's sponsorships.