Hello residents, it’s time to create new experiences with your friends as we bring in the new school year. Now that you’re moved in and settled, try to set up a schedule with your new roommates(s). Establish a washing clothes schedule or cooking times so everyone has a chance to do what they need to do. Remember to take breaks throughout the school year. Go for a run, catch a movie, or even take a power nap to recharge and feel refreshed.

Tips for College Students

Remember to lock your doors, even if you’re stepping out for a few minutes. If you haven’t already, invest in some form of renters insurance. Also, consider getting a portable fan to beat the San Antonio heat and save on your electricity bill. Get organized for each of your classes and learn your campus grounds. Stop by the office to check out the newly updated concierge binder. This binder comes with different food places, transportation, as well as San Antonio fun!

Fun Fact

Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.

September Is the Month of 

  • International Clown Week (September 1–7)
  • National Golf Month
  • Romance Awareness Month
  • Peach Month

September Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 3 ¾ cups flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1 ¼ cups plus 2 tsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. plus 1 ½ tsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. plus ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon extract
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

Heat oven to 325°. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with a little butter and sprinkle with a little flour; set aside.

Make topping: In a bowl, mix 8 tbsp. melted butter, 1⁄4 cup sugar, 6 tbsp. brown sugar, 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon, and 1⁄2 tsp. salt until smooth. Add 1 1⁄2 cups flour; mix with a fork until crumbly; chill.

Make filling: In a bowl, mix remaining brown sugar, 2 tsp. sugar, 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and pecans; set filling aside.

Make cake batter: In another bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder; set aside. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the remaining butter, milk, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon extract, and eggs until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients; whisk to combine. Pour half the batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle filling over top; pour remaining batter over it. Break up reserved topping with fingers; sprinkle over top; bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Reminders & Updates

Stay posted for all of our events, and be sure to come out with your new friends/roommates. Also, there has been a lot of pet waste left on each floor; please take your dogs and/or cats outside. We have a wonderful pet area as well as waste trash bags, so utilize them to the fullest. Thank you in advance!

Tips on 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’s 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 these 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 up a time for all roommates to get together and have a proactive conversation about each person’s preferences and expectations when it comes to 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 space to themselves once in a while. Make sure you’re sharing time in common areas and respecting each other’s privacy.
  • When in doubt, talk it out: Most problems can be solved by just talking through the issue before it gets 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. Passive-aggressive behaviors won’t help.
  • Divide responsibilities: While every roommate should commit to cleaning up after themselves, determine the best way to divide other responsibilities, such as taking out the trash, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, etc., to ensure everyone plays 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. The management team is trained and willing to help conduct a roommate mediation process if necessary, but is also happy to provide you with tips and tools to handle it 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 about each other’s well-being, the many great memories you make will outweigh any small conflict you may have.

Community Events

September 12 — Peace by the pool (International Day of Peace, yoga)

September 13 — Tastes from around the world (Italy)

September 17 — September Birthdays celebrated

September 19 — Winning Wednesday (bingo and wings)

September 24 — Fall Kickoff (caramel apple bar)

September 27 — Tastes from around the world (Mexico)