f) Sheet of activity


With the sheet of activity you prove that you have been active in the house or in the ESG in the past semester, which is necessary so that potential leases of extension can be granted. At the beginning of each semester, the Head of the Senior council sends out the sheet of activity template by email, which also explains in detail how the activities work. Ultimately, the goal is for you to write down in as much detail as possible how you have been involved in the life of the DBH and the ESG,[1] this may be serving on committees and mentorships, preparing and running events, or assisting in some other way. To be counted as active, you must have been a member of the Home Board and regularly attended meetings, or regularly chaired meetings as Head of the Senior council, or regularly attended community council meetings as ESG speaker, or attended 2/3 of the senior council meetings, or organized two events, or mixed forms of these. Organizing events can include all sorts of things, so the Tuesday breakfasts or the ESG on Wednesday events or the worship services or participating in the ESG planning workshop or other DBH events like all the things I listed as examples in the mentorates. If you help put away chairs or wash dishes before or after an event, that doesn't count as an activity because it usually only takes fifteen minutes,[2] but if you have helped a few times with something like that, then write that on your sheet of activity, because activities can also be counted against each other. Likewise, it doesn't matter if you were elected to a mentorship but didn't do anything there, because what matters is that something really happened and you enriched dorm life in some way. You can hand in the completed sheet of activity to the senior council chair by printing out the template, filling it out and dropping it in the mailbox of the senior council chair, or simply writing it down on a piece of paper and dropping it in the mailbox, or by filling out the template and sending it back by e-mail to senioirat@dbh-bonn.de or simply writing an e-mail like this. This will then be voted on by the senior council as to whether or not the person is considered active for the past semester.

And by the way, basically on the activities: Please don't understand the
sheet of activity as some kind of compulsion that you have to fulfill in order to stay here. The limit to be considered active is really very low, so you can easily cross it, the only thing you need is to have a basic interest in the house. The purpose of that is not to be able to kick people out through that hurdle, which only happens every few semesters if you're really not doing anything in the house at all. And you also have to think about why you decided to move into DBH at the time - besides the fact that it's very centrally located and that you can really live here very cheaply - because the one thing that sets DBH apart from other dorms is that there's a lot of community life beyond the flat life; of course it's great and important that there's a good and functioning flat living with you, but for that you could have also moved into a normal, private shared flat where there are no other shared flats above and below that you can connect.


If you are really interested in getting involved in dorm life, but you really don't know how to do it because maybe your flat isn't that active either,[3] because you are not in a mentorship and simply do not know exactly what is going on in the dormitory, here are a few suggestions: On the bulletin board in the side entrance of Königstraße there are often lists where you can sign up to help with breakfast or cooking for the service, otherwise you can always ask the volunteer or the Head of the Senior council or an ESG speaker, because they always know pretty much what's going on in the program and where you can still help out. But also, if you go to the Tuesday breakfasts, the dinners after the services[4] or ESG on Wednesdays, parties or other events (that interest you at least halfway), you will already get to know more people who are also very open to getting to know other people from the dorm who they don't know so well yet, so that you will also get to know more and more what is going on in the dorm.


[1] It is completely unimportant here in which of the two areas you are involved.

[2] Of course, it is still very important that you help clean up and wash up whenever you can and want to, so that 2 people are not left sitting on a lot of work that would be done in a fraction of the time by seven.

[3] Shared flat life often has a big pull effect in terms of how many people you know in the house and how many events you go to, because if people from other flats are constantly sitting in your kitchen or your shared apartment goes to events and asks you to come along, then you automatically become more active.

[4] For which you do not necessarily have to have also previously attended the service.