Fall is officially upon us. With the days becoming shorter, the darkness descending hours earlier, and the temperatures dropping, you might not be too happy that autumn has arrived. Or maybe, quite the opposite, fall is your favorite season. This is a time to keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things — be curious about the future.
With this being October, we hope that you are enjoying living at Tobin Lofts. You may be a new or a returning resident, but either way, it helps to take a moment and reflect on why you’re here. Tobin Lofts residents will have the opportunity to:
- Establish a home away from home
- Make meaningful connections through academic and social networks
- Become more aware of and appreciate diversity on campus and how it applies to the global community
- Develop leadership skills
- Understand the importance of community responsibility
Over the coming months, we look forward to meeting you, whether it be walking down the halls, at the pool, at a welcome social, or at a community activity. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Assistant (CA) for your assigned floor if you need anything.
Going Green: Tips
Now is a good time to start recycling if you haven’t already. Tobin Lofts has recycling bins located on every floor in the respective trash rooms. So what is recyclable?
- Newspapers and magazines
- Plastic grocery bags
- Cardboard — boxes should be broken down, clean, and dry
- Plastic bottles — bottles stamped with a #1 or #2 on the bottom can be recycled; be sure to remove the cap and rinse the bottle out
- Aluminum cans — be sure to rinse out the cans
- Tin cans — rinse out the cans; labels don’t have to be removed
Try to buy recycled items when possible, and recycle items that can be recycled.
October Recipe: Dorito Casserole
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can nacho cheese soup
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 small bag Doritos (not a snack size bag)
- 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
Coarsely crush Doritos (place in a Ziploc bag to crush), then place in bottom of a 13x9x3 pan. Brown onions, jalapeño (optional), and ground beef until meat is no longer pink. Drain well. Place meat mixture back into the skillet. Add both soups and evaporated milk. Bring mixture to a boil, then pour over the Doritos. Top with grated cheese, and bake for 20–25 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
Reminders & Updates
Display your parking decal on the right-hand side of your windshield, and park in the designated parking space on the 3rd and 4th floors. Parking in other areas is not permitted, and tickets will be issued. There are plenty of parking spaces. If you still need to purchase a parking permit, you can come to the office during office hours.
Living with Roommates
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of living in a Campus Advantage community is the opportunity to live and work closely with all types of people. We know that living with roommates isn’t always easy, whether you moved in with friends or were matched up with new people. Either way, it’s perfectly normal to have the occasional roommate conflict, and there is actually a lot to be gained from handling a difficult situation maturely and respectfully.
We want to make sure you have the tools to handle situations should they arise, so check out the tips below to ensure you and your roommates have the best living experience possible this year:
- Schedule a roommate meeting — Set aside time to get together and have proactive conversations about everyone’s preferences and expectations regarding cleanliness, guests, sleeping/study times, the use of others’ belongings or food, etc.
- Be open-minded — You and your roommates may be very different, and that’s OK! Stay open-minded and positive about your roommates’ views and experiences, and you may end up learning a lot about them and yourself in the process.
- Give each other space — Even though your apartment is made for multiple people, everyone appreciates having some space to call their own. Make sure you share time in common areas and respect each other’s privacy.
- When in doubt, talk it out — Most problems can be solved by just talking through the issue before they get out of hand. If something is seriously bugging you about one of your roommates, bring it to them in a mature one-on-one conversation before bringing in other roommates or escalating the situation.
- Divide responsibilities — While every roommate should commit to cleaning up after themselves, determine the best way to divide responsibilities, such as taking out the trash, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, etc., to ensure everyone does their part.
- Use conflict-resolution backup — While talking can usually fix an issue in its early stages, sometimes a more structured approach is necessary. If you’ve tried and feel your efforts aren’t helping resolve an issue between roommates, reach out to your Community Assistant or the management team to help you brainstorm options. We’re trained and willing to help conduct a roommate mediation process if necessary, but are also happy to help provide you with tips and tools to handle things yourself.
We want you to have a successful living experience while at our community, but we know that living with roommates can mean an occasional difference of opinion. When roommates decide to communicate their expectations, listen and try to understand each other, and care for each other’s well-being. The many great memories you make will outweigh any small conflict you may have.
Community Events Calendar
Resident Appreciation Week is October 5–9
Breakfast on the Go — Monday, October 5
Stop by and grab a bite on your way out the door!
Sweet Social — Tuesday, October 6 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Satisfy your sweet tooth in the game room!
Fit and Fun — Wednesday, October 7 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Kick off your healthy lifestyle in the game room!
First-Class Fest — Thursday, October 8 from 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate you in style with music, food, games, and more!
Special Delivery — Friday, October 9
The management team will be hand delivering special treats to each apartment throughout the day.
Scary Movie Night in the Game Room — Friday, October 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
Nachos in the Leasing Office — Tuesday, October 20 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Halloween Costume Contest in the Leasing Office — Friday, October 30 (all day)
Halloween-Themed Social in the Game Room — Friday, October 30 from 7:00–9:00 p.m.