Welcome to the last month of the year! The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s crunch time for some of us who wait to catch the holiday. Most of you are getting ready to take your finals, so we wish you the best of luck in your studies. Also, congrats to all of our Tobin graduates for fall 2016. You have come so far in your collegiate journey, and the sky is the limit! The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. We wish you and your family a wonderful winter!

Special Highlight: College Students Ought to Know

An academic adviser is usually a faculty or staff member who advises students on his/her academic program. They will advise you of specific courses you must take and know all about your major requirements for graduation. They can help you find internships, serve as a reference when you apply for a job, and are often available to provide personal advice. Make sure to talk to them in advance in regard to your spring school schedule. If any of the classes you are looking to take happen to be full, most advisers are able to help you fill out an add/drop slip. In addition to their help, do your best to maintain a positive attitude throughout the ups and downs you’re sure to face throughout your college years.

Reminders & Updates:

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, keep in mind that our office will be open for half of the day on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.

In addition, don’t let this renewal season pass you by. For more information, make sure to stop by the office to find out how you can renew your lease at the lowest rate! Also, take our resident survey online or on our social media. We would appreciate your feedback!

Quote of the Month:

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” — Oprah Winfrey

Important Holidays in December:

  • Pearl Harbor Day
  • National Brownie Day
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • Christmas Day

Learn. Celebrate. Observe. Grow.

The month of December marks a number of religious and cultural holidays. During this season, we encourage you to learn more about your friends and neighbors as we celebrate the differences that make us unique and the similarities that bring us together in our communities.

  • December 8 is Bodhi Day. This Buddhist holiday commemorates the day the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
  • December 12 is Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This day honors the belief that Jesus’ mother Mary appeared to a man in Mexico City in 1531.
  • December 12 is also the Prophet’s Birthday, or Mawlid as it is commonly known in Muslim culture. The day celebrates the birth of the prophet, Muhammad.
  • December 16–24 is Las Posadas. During this nine-day celebration — celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala, and the southwestern United States — the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem are reenacted.
  • December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Worldwide, this has been recognized in various ways across cultures, including many focused on rebirth and renewal.
  • December 24–January 1 is Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. This eight-day Jewish holiday is observed by lighting candles on a menorah, one for each day of the festival.
  • December 25 is Christmas, an important holiday in the Christian religion representing the birth of Jesus Christ. It is traditionally celebrated with gift giving and candle lighting.
  • December 26–January 1 is Kwanzaa, a weeklong African-American celebration started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed by lighting candles each day to represent each of the holiday’s seven core principles, culminating in a feast and gift giving. We wish each of you a wonderful month and an enjoyable winter break!

Community Events Calendar:

  • Community Holiday Dinner
  • Karaoke Night
  • Grocery Trivia
  • Tobin Lofts Cares: Holiday Blanket Drive

Best Gifts for the Holidays

Good things come in small packages, as the age-old saying goes — and never is that more true than during the holiday season when, every year, stores and sites are filled with a big bounty of toys and trinkets to stuff the family’s Christmas stockings. And let’s not forget: No longer is the stocking stuffer a humble secondary gift to the main ones; these days, it’s just as key to the season’s festivities. Never fear: We’ve saved you tons of time and trouble by culling the market for the very best finds, all priced under $25:

  1. Glittery nail polish pens
  2. Makeup eye palettes
  3. Magnets
  4. Phone recharging case
  5. Wireless speakers or headphones
  6. Candy
  7. A Netflix subscription
  8. Rollerball fragrance