Love is in the air as we bring in the month of romance and warmth, whether you will be with friends or a significant other. This month is the time to spread love inside and outside of the Tobin Lofts community. February is centered on sharing love and giving love, whether it’s a fur animal or a human. Make sure you are taking the time out of your day to make others feel loved and put a smile on their face.

Tips for College Students

February is the perfect month to spread love at your campus/university. Try visiting your campus’s volunteer service organization to see what love you can spread during this season. Words of affirmation are sure to brighten someone’s day, so if someone looks like they’re having a bad day, cheer them up. This month is not only for significant others but spreading love with friends, family, and just those you love. If you’re looking for a date for Valentine’s, stay posted for our Label of Love Party to come enjoy the company of other residents and/or roommates. Right now is the perfect time to reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or plan out your favorite activity in the San Antonio area.

Fun Fact

Walmart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard. Only 2.6% of Walmart applicants are accepted, while Harvard’s acceptance rate is 8.9%.

February Is the Month of

Black History Month

Send a Card to a Friend Day (February 7)

Be Humble Day (February 22)

National Grapefruit Month

February Recipe: Sweet Tea-Brined Hot Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

For the brine:

  • 2 cups brewed sweet tea
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked salt
  • 2 pounds chicken wings

For the rub:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked salt
  • Cooking spray, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions:

  1. The night before you will be serving the chicken wings, prepare the brine. Combine the sweet tea, kosher salt, and smoked salt in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on high for 45 seconds or until warm, and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add a few ice cubes to quickly bring the mixture back to room temperature.
  2. Place chicken wings in a medium bowl. Pour the cooled brine mixture over the wings; cover and chill for 8 hours. The next morning, remove the wings from the brine and place on paper towels. Discard the brine. Pat the wings dry and arrange on a baking rack set inside a half-sheet pan. Place the wings, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 6–8 hours until completely dry.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place an oven-safe wire baking rack inside. Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  4. In a bowl, combine the cayenne, ancho chili, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the wings and toss until evenly coated. Arrange the wings on the prepared baking rack so they are not touching each other.
  5. Bake for 40–50 minutes, flipping once part way through, until the skin is browned, and the tips are crispy. Serve warm.

Reminders & Updates

Stay posted for all of our events, and be sure to come out with your 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. Please refrain from vandalizing the vending machines by shaking/hitting them. If one is found vandalizing a vending machine, there will be a minimum $100 fine per occurrence. Thank you in advance!

Focus on Career Success

Whether you are a sophomore looking at internships or a senior getting ready for that first job after graduation, the spring semester brings added pressure as you seek to set yourself apart and set yourself up for success.

Here are five tips to keep you moving forward on a career success track:

Tip #1: The key to getting hired is selling yourself better than the other candidates. What’s your pitch? Practice concise ways to share your value and what you are looking for.
Tip #2: Your resume’s only job is to get your foot in the door! Have it critiqued at the career center.
Tip #3: Google yourself: What does your online presence tell future employers? Are you focusing on your online brand? Your potential employer is! Work on shaping your presence online and off.
Tip #4: Come up with EVERY reason an employer might not hire you — and an answer for each objection. For example, “What I lack in relevant experience, I make up for with my drive and proven ability to learn new things quickly.”
Tip #5: Learn from the best! Find people doing what you want to do and doing it well — and ask them for guidance. It’ll be well worth your time and perhaps a few cups of coffee to do informational interviews with others on their success stories.

These tips are obviously just the tip of the iceberg. Watch out for career success experiences here at your community. Whether you want feedback on your pitch or need someone to critique your resume, let us know how we can help you and connect you with resources to assist in your success!

Speaking of career success, did you know that as a resident of a Campus Advantage property you have FREE access to our exclusive Career Success Portal? Browse millions of jobs, including over 500,000 unique job postings, build your resume, practice your interviewing skills, and much more. To access the Career Success Portal, visit your resident portal and look for the sign-up link!

Community Events:

Carnations — February 1 — Treat your loved one or secret admirer. Stop by the office to purchase a carnation for $2. (Price is subject to change.)

Ramen with a Twist — February 5 @ 6 p.m. — Looking for a great bite on a budget? Join us in the clubhouse to find creative ways to make a 35-cent meal taste like a $20 meal.

Tobin’s Stop and Swap — February 9 @ 1 p.m. — Have items you are looking to get rid of? Come to the clubhouse and make your trash another residents’ treasure by exchanging your unwanted items.

Taste Around the World (Africa) — February 11 @ 6 p.m. — Join us in the clubhouse to take a bite from a different country and have your palate go crazy. This week, we’ll be featuring dishes from the African culture. Enjoy popular African cuisine like egusi soup, fried plantains, jollof rice, and fufu.

Label of Love Party — February 13 @ 7 p.m. — Whether you’re looking for love or needing a date night with your significant other, join us in the clubhouse for a night or loving yourself or someone else.

Carnation Delivery — February 14 — Carnations will be delivered by office staff.

Taste from the South — February 19 @ 6 p.m. — With a dedication to Black History Month, join us in the clubhouse to explore dishes from the South.

Penny for Your Thoughts — February 21, All Day — In celebration of the Day of Thought, the Tobin staff invites you to come by the office for a bit of inspiration.

Chill Out, It’s Chili Day — February 25 @ 2 p.m. — Come down to the office to celebrate National Chili Day with a hot bite to eat. We’ll have chili with an assortment of toppings, as well as some homemade cornbread.

Resident of the Month — February 27 — We’ll be announcing the resident of the month in the office.