To housekeeper Charina Brooks, even the slightest of a smile from a resident can make her day.
Brooks, a 42-year-old UNC housekeeper for Grimes, Mangum and Manly residence halls, said the relationships she builds with student residents mean a great deal to her.
“You wouldn’t believe how many Facebook friends I have who study here at UNC,” Brooks said.
“Maybe sometimes students know me better than my coworkers.”
In light of International Housekeepers Week, which spans from Sept. 9-15, Brooks said she has been thinking of ways students could make all housekeepers’ jobs easier.
Brooks said students should become more aware of the messes they make in the kitchen and the personal items they leave behind in bathrooms.
While Brooks said she believes she is respected by many residents, she wishes all students knew the weight their actions carry.
She was inspired to write a letter to the editor for The Daily Tar Heel — one which she hopes will boost morale among fellow housekeepers.
Marilyn Couch, Brooks’ coworker and a Kenan Community housekeeper, said she appreciated the letter to the editor and believes Brooks is a motivational person.