BY JAMES WERNICKE
As summer approaches, students are coming to Los Alamos to gain valuable job experience in their chosen field of study. Many of these students received late offers making it difficult for them to find housing. You can help provide such an opportunity by opening your home to a summer student. There are many benefits to consider.
Hosting summer students can be an enriching experience. Not only will you be helping them gain expertise in their field, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from them. Students bring fresh perspectives and new ideas that can enrich your own life and work. It can also be a great way to expand your network and open up new opportunities for yourself down the road.
Hosting summer students is a great way to give back to your community. Many students come from different parts of the country or even the world and may lack the means to secure housing for a short-term stay. By opening up your home, you are helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming community. You’ll be providing a safe and comfortable environment for someone who may be far from home, and in doing so, you’ll be making a meaningful impact on their life.
If you have a spare room that’s going unused, hosting a summer student can be a great way to generate some extra income. Many students are willing to pay for housing to help offset the costs of utilities and other expenses that come with having someone stay in your home.
Finally, you can learn about different cultures and experiences. Many students come from diverse backgrounds and may have different customs or ways of doing things. By opening up your home, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life, and in doing so, you’ll broaden your own horizons.
If you have the means to do so, consider opening up your home to a summer student. It could be a life-changing experience for both you and the student you host. More info can be found on the LANL Student Housing page and this signup sheet made by community member and fellow student host Anna Llobet Megias.