It’s hard to believe it’s December. The end of 2018 is drawing near already. Each January 1 marks the exciting beginning of a new year. At Tobin Lofts, we work to have new beginnings all the time, something to spark new learning, a connection with previous background knowledge, and the start of new thoughts and information.

Winter Tips for College Students

Go out in the Tobin Lofts community to find a study buddy this finals season. Also, visit your local food bank or shelter to donate clothing or non-perishable food items. This winter is the time for giving and celebrating yet another successful year. Stop by our events all month long for fellowship and to celebrate with other residents. Have a very fun-filled and exiting holiday season!

Fun Fact:
The average person spends six months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green.

December is the Month of:

Bingo Month
Pearl Harbor Day (December 7)
National Pumpkin Pie Day (December 25)
Card Playing Day (December 28)

December Recipe: Simple Au Gratin Potatoes

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes (about 6 medium)
1/2 cup chopped onion
Additional pepper (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add potatoes and onion.
3. Transfer to a greased 2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 30–40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. If desired, top with additional pepper.

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!

Tips to Help You Through Finals Week

The time that you’ve been dreading all semester is here: final exams. This is a very stressful time for everyone, so remember to take a minute just for you.

Studies have shown that when you take one minute just for yourself every 30 minutes, your grades will improve. Cramming has proven not to work because you’re stressed, exhausted, and less likely to absorb everything that you’re trying to learn. Taking a minute just for you will allow you to breathe and reset your mind as you continue to study.

After your minute, make sure to take 10 more minutes to review what you’ve learned, and then 20 more minutes of new information before you take another break.

Just thinking about final exams gets stressful, so make sure to breathe and prepare the right way. Whether you’re writing papers, presenting, or taking an exam, preparation is the best way to get an A.

Here are some professor-approved study tips:

  • Drink water, not soda or energy drinks.
  • Eat fruits and veggies to give you natural energy.
  • Turn your phone off as you study to lessen distractions.
  • Find a study partner so you can quiz each other.
  • Use the on-campus tutoring centers or peer-led groups.
  • Talk to your professors! It shows that you care and are trying to do well.
  • Make sure to eat a good breakfast the day of your exam. It truly is the most important meal of the day.

As a member of the Campus Advantage team, we want to do all we can to help you succeed! Make sure to stop by your local front office to see what resources or events they have to help you during this stressful week. We know that all of you are going to do amazing on your final exams!

Community Events:

Gingerbread Decorating — December 3 @ 6:30 p.m. — Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. Come customize your gingerbread in the clubhouse with icing and different fixings.

Milk and Cookies — December 4, All Day — Looking for a sweet treat before class? Join us in the office for a childhood fave!

Ornament Decorating — December 11 @ 6:30 p.m. — Feeling festive? Come join us in the clubhouse to decorate an ornament for your winter tree.

Greeting Card Making — December 17 from 1–3 p.m. — Join us in the office to make holiday greeting cards to send to family and friends.

Hot Cocoa Bar — December 18 @ 2 p.m. — In the mood for a hot holiday drink? Come add all the fixings to your hot cocoa in the office.

Gift Wrapping — December 20 @ 6:30 p.m. — Meet us in the clubhouse to prepare your presents for the holiday season. Choose from an assortment of wrapping paper and bows.

Candy Cane Winter Fest — December 26, All Day — Choose from an assortment of this holiday treat. Grab one and end the holiday season right.