For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving usually includes feasting, four day-weekends, football games, and Black Friday. It’s time to give thanks for all of the things we currently have. This is the month to go home and enjoy your family’s cooking, conversation, and fun. Also, look out for Black Friday deals so you and your family can go get all the things you have been wanting.

Fall Tips for College Students

Reminder to lock your doors, even if you’re stepping out for a few minutes. If you haven’t already, invest in some form of renters insurance. Please go out into the community this month and give to those who are less fortunate. By giving thanks, we choose to extend ourselves and give to others who are in need. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter and feed those who do not have an idea or family to celebrate with on Thanksgiving. The season is changing, and so are the colors. Try out different seasonal wreaths in your apartments. If you are looking for a perfect fall color scheme while remodeling, look for the colors red, yellow, orange, and brown. If you want to be involved in nearby colleges and/or universities, join them at the football games, which will be posted on the monthly calendar.

Fun Fact:

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours. The average person has the chance to recycle 25,000 cans in their lifetime — that’s 75,000 hours of TV!

November Is the Month of:

  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Sandwich Day (November 3)
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • French Toast Day (November 28)

November Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1/2 pound elbow macaroni

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon powered mustard

3 cups milk

1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 large egg

12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh black pepper

Topping:

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup panko bread crumb

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta to al dente.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove the bay leaf.
  4. Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
  6. Remember to save leftovers for fried macaroni and cheese.

Reminders & Updates:

Stay posted for all of our events, and be sure to come out with your new 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!

Building a Career in College

College is such a busy, crazy time for many people that focusing on the here and now is all most can do. Well, good news! There are several ways to incorporate career building into your everyday busy life. By taking the following steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a successful future for yourself:

  • Check out the Career Success Portal. Did you know that your community offers you 24/7 access to millions of jobs and internships along with many tools to improve your resume and interviewing skills? Check out CareerSuccessPortal.com and create an account today!
  • Visit your university’s career center. Employers are focusing more and more on experience and skills rather than just good grades. Get in touch with organizations through the career center to branch out and participate in different activities you normally wouldn’t have. This gives you a chance to explore your major and others, and see what you’re truly passionate about.
  • Evaluate yourself. Your future employer will want to know why you’re a good fit for their company. College is about finding your strengths and weaknesses — take time now to figure out your skills, values, personality traits, and interests. Learning about yourself will help prepare you for interviews when you’re hit with the question, “What do you think you will excel at the most in this position?”
  • Challenge yourself. The more you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone, the more likely you’re to overcome your weaknesses. Apply for the part-time job at your apartment complex you normally wouldn’t apply for, or take that theater class you’ve always wanted to take. By challenging yourself, you’re building important skills and personality traits that will help you rise within your field.
  • Take your work seriously. Whether you have a part-time job or volunteer, take the experience seriously. You can use previous supervisors for references when you are beginning your career. It will pay off in the long run to succeed in the workplace by building useful skills that you’ll have for life.
  • Find a mentor. Find someone who is doing what you want to do. You can search on LinkedIn to get connected and network with others in your field who are also passionate about what they do. Talk to your professors and pick their brains as to why they chose the career they did. Once you find a mentor, everything can change. You become more motivated to succeed in something you love doing because you have someone who makes the experience a million times better.

Did you know you can build your credit history just by paying your rent? A strong credit history can help you with achieving personal and professional success. We have partnered with RentTrack to offer you the opportunity to have your rent payments reported to all three credit bureaus! Participants in this program have seen their credit scores go up an average of 51 points! Get more details and enroll today at renttrack.com/campusadvantage.

Community Events:

Game Night — November 1 @ 6 p.m. — Join us in the clubhouse for games and fun for all of you and your friends.

SACTACULAR — November 2 from 5–9 p.m. — You won’t want to miss this festival at San Antonio College. There will be food booths, face painting, henna tattoos, and so much more.

Donuts on the Go — November 5 @ 10 a.m. — Stop by the office to enjoy some donuts before class, and feel free to visit our coffee station for a cup of joe.

Debt Seminar with Joshua Bridewell — November 7 @ 7 p.m. — Come to the clubhouse and get some information on how to manage debt.

DIY Mugs — November 8 @ 6 p.m. — It’s the time of year where we drink our joe, hot chocolate, and tea. Want to deck out a custom mug so you can drink in style this winter? Join us!

Birthday Pies in the Office — November 13 — Do you have a November birthday? Come celebrate with the Tobin staff and grab some pie on your big day.

National Pickle Day — November 14

Friendsgiving — November 15 from 6–8 p.m. — Come one, come all. Join us in the clubhouse as we celebrate Thanksgiving Tobin style. Come with an empty stomach.

Ice Cream Shakes — November 19 — Join us in the office for a cool and fun way to enjoy your day.

It’s a Pawty with DIY Projects — November 27 @ 6:30 p.m. — Bring your furry friend down for some awesome treats and snacks.

Movie Night — November 29 @ 7 p.m. — Come as you are and join us in the clubhouse for a movie.