While it is chilly out right now, there are signs of spring everywhere! It’s hard to believe that March is already here, and spring is just around the corner. Hopefully, March and April will continue with this pleasant weather because we surely deserve it after the last couple of winter months. This spring will be busy but fun at Tobin. With midterms coming up for most residents, we have some awesome events planned this month. Stay tuned for all we have in store!


Spring Break Travel Tips 


Book Early — And we’re not just talking about airfare. Be sure to book your hotel, transit, meals, and activities early. Everything will fill up quickly, so make an itinerary before you leave, and try to lock in your plans as much as possible to avoid setbacks.


Do Your Research — Certain cities and hotels will be overrun with college students during spring break, so choose your destination and lodgings wisely based on whether you’re looking for a weeklong party or not.


Take Extra Safety Precautions — Be smart and stay safe, particularly in destinations with higher rates of crime toward tourists. Follow basic safety measures!


Pack Wisely — Sunscreen, flip-flops, and beach towels can easily cost twice as much as they usually would when you buy them at a tropical tourist destination. When it comes to spring break, it’s better to risk over-packing than to blow through your vacation budget buying overpriced toiletries and beachwear.




March’s Character Trait


Courage — Doing the right thing in the face of difficulty and following your conscience instead of the crowd.


March Is the Month of:


  • Red Cross Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Women’s History Month
  • St. Patrick’s Day



March Recipe: Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Ready in: 1 hour, 15 minutes



1 (32 ounce) package of frozen hash browns

8 ounces of cooked, diced ham

2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed cream of potato soup

  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.


Reminders & Updates


If you are experiencing issues with your Spectrum cable box, make sure to call Spectrum to assist you with any service requests. A representative will be able to walk you through fixing it, and if you need further help with your cable, you can schedule an appointment with them for a technician to come to your apartment. The office will not be able to schedule appointments for residents anymore.


Soft Skills Make a Difference

A positive attitude and the ability to look someone in the eye while giving a firm handshake can truly set two very similar candidates apart in the job process. In this day and age of hiring and recruiting, we’ve been hearing a lot about soft skills, or people skills, when describing a candidate’s interviewing and hiring process. These are the skills that basically allow you to get along and interact with others in a work and social environment. Your ability to evaluate and hone your people skills should be part of your job prep, just as you ensure your resume is clean and typo-free.

An employee should be able to communicate, listen, share ideas, and interact with people (sometimes difficult people) in a way that demonstrates professionalism at all times. During the interview process, while your resume is showing your credentials, you are inherently demonstrating your soft skills. It takes constructive thought to be the person you want to be in the workplace. It doesn’t just happen by chance — it happens via thoughtful awareness, informed actions, and respectful engagements.

The skills of success, such as being adaptable, being positive, having a willingness to assist, and conveying a strong work ethic, are arguably more important than any degree or credential.

Stay tuned for more success tips and resources from Campus Advantage!


Did you know we are a national partner with Relay For Life? Make a difference in the fight against cancer by joining our team or donating. Contact the leasing office to find out more about how you can get involved!