It’s great to see everyone back and with smiles on their faces. We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful time off for the holidays. When you think of January and what it brings, most people think of resolutions. Most of you have probably made your resolutions for this new year, but consider making one more. We want you to get to know Tobin more and experience us in a new light. This new year, feel free to let us know what you want to see around the community. Stop by the leasing office and share your ideas. Additionally, welcome to all the new residents of Tobin! We would like to welcome you to the Tobin family, and we’re happy to assist you in your move-in process.


College Students Ought to Know

It is never too early to start managing your finances and making a budget in the new year. Of course, as a college student, chances are you aren’t rolling in dough, but keeping track of what you’re spending your money on and how much (if anything) you are saving is always a good thing. Your 25-year-old self will thank you when it’s a habit! Plus, when you find out you’re spending $400 a month on Starbucks, you might just invest in your own latte maker and cut that cost in half.


Quote of the Month

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
— Tony Robbins


Important Holidays in January:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Friday the 13th
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • National Pie Day
  • Chinese New Year


Turning Resolutions into Reality

Did you know that only 8% of people are successful in keeping their New Year’s resolutions? While that may sound discouraging, there are some very practical ways to beat the odds and see success this year! Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or are one of the 38% of Americans who absolutely never makes them, anyone will benefit from a commitment to continuous improvement. Here are some tips for a successful 2017 — and beyond:

Define your “why”: Whether your goal is to improve your GPA or get in better shape, create a “why” statement for any goal you have. Achieving goals can be challenging, so make sure you stay motivated by keeping the purpose in mind!

Write it down: According to numerous studies, the simple act of writing down your goals increases your likelihood of success significantly. When you write down your goals, make them specific and measurable, and put your goals somewhere you will see them.

Tell a friend: Another factor shown to increase your likelihood of success is telling a friend about your goals. You increase success even more when you share progress reports with them.

Take action: Always ask the simple and powerful question, “Is what I am doing getting me closer to where I want to be?” If the answer is yes, keep going! If no, try to make progress by taking even a small step in the right direction.

Enjoy the journey: Remember that much of the benefit of intentional improvement comes in the process, so take time to reflect, assess, and enjoy the journey!

As a resident at a Campus Advantage community, we are committed to much more than providing you a great place to live. Our mission is also to help create rewarding living, learning, and career experiences. Whether it’s referring you to a campus resource or just talking through your goals with someone on our team, please let us know how we can help you make this the best year yet!


Honey-Garlic Glazed Holiday Meatballs  

Prep Time: 25 min.

Bake Time: 15 min.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk. Add the breadcrumbs, onion, and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake uncovered at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, sauté garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the ketchup, honey, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for five minutes. Drain meatballs; add to sauce. Carefully stir to evenly coat. Cook for 5-10 minutes. Yields 5 1/2 dozen meatballs.


Reminders & Updates 

Have you stopped by the office to renew? We want you to be able to renew at the lowest rate possible, so don’t let this renewal season pass you by! For more information, make sure to stop by the office in order to find out how you can renew. Also, follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@TobinLofts). We have so many great events in store for you this year!


Community Events Calendar

January Birthday Celebration

Snapchat Scavenger Hunt

Cereal Bar in the Office

Pajama Movie Night

Bingo Night