Greetings from your Tobin community! September is here, and we’re one month into the academic school year. On behalf of the entire staff, we’d like to thank everyone who came to our big Move-In Camp Party. We had such an awesome turn out, and everyone had a blast. We’ll be having more amazing events throughout the month, so stay tuned for what we have in store. Make sure to follow us on social media to get an update every step of the way. If you would like to suggest an event that we should hold, feel free to email us at [email protected] #LiveTL
Roommate 101 Tips
Just in case you missed it on our Facebook, we posted some roommate tips to help you get to know your roommates better. Here are a few of them:
- It’s dinner time! Going to the grocery store and cooking a meal together can be very rewarding. Find a day that works with all your schedules and make something good.
- Who’s your neighbor? Reach out and say hello as an apartment so you can get to know your neighbors.
- Who likes cleaning? To help spread the responsibilities, create a chore chart of things that need to be done. Divide the work daily or weekly. It would be great to have a white board so it can be changed when it’s time to rotate so everyone knows what they can help with.
Quote of the Month:
“Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievements.” — Author Unknown
Important Holidays in September:
- Labor Day
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Courtesy Month
- Better Breakfast Month
September Recipe: Beef, Potato, & Red Onion Kebabs
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
- 8 small new potatoes (about 12 oz.)
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 5 lb. sirloin steak
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until just tender, about 10–12 minutes. Drain, run under cold water to cool, and cut in half.
- Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, steak, onion, oil, and ½ tsp. each of salt and pepper and thread onto skewers. Grill, turning occasionally, until the steak reaches the desired doneness, about 8–10 minutes for medium rare.
Reminders & Updates
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Tips on Living with Roommates!
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of living in a Campus Advantage community is the opportunity to live and work closely with all types of people. We know that living with roommates isn’t always easy, whether you moved in with friends or were matched up with new people. Either way, it’s perfectly normal to have the occasional roommate conflict, and there’s actually a lot to be gained from handling a difficult situation maturely and respectfully.
We want to make sure you have the tools to handle these situations should they arise, so check out the tips below to ensure you and your roommates have the best living experience possible this year:
- Schedule a roommate meeting: Set up a time for all roommates to get together and have a proactive conversation about each person’s preferences and expectations when it comes to cleanliness, guests, sleeping/study times, the use of others belongings or food, etc.
- Be open minded: You and your roommates may be very different, and that’s OK! Stay open minded and positive about your roommates’ views and experiences, and you may end up learning a lot about them and yourself in the process.
- Give each other space: Even though your apartment is made for multiple people, everyone appreciates having space to themselves once in a while. Make sure you’re sharing time in common areas and respecting each other’s privacy.
- When in doubt, talk it out: Most problems can be solved by just talking through the issue before it gets out of hand. If something is seriously bugging you about one of your roommates, bring it to them in a mature one-on-one conversation before bringing in other roommates or escalating the situation. Passive-aggressive behaviors won’t help.
- Divide responsibilities: While every roommate should commit to cleaning up after themselves, determine the best way to divide other responsibilities, such as taking out the trash, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, etc., to ensure everyone plays their part.
- Use conflict resolution backup: While talking can usually fix an issue in its early stages, sometimes a more structured approach is necessary. If you’ve tried and feel your efforts aren’t helping resolve an issue between roommates, reach out to your Community Assistant or the management team to help you brainstorm options. The management team is trained and willing to help conduct a roommate mediation process if necessary, but is also happy to provide you with tips and tools to handle it yourself.
We want you to have a successful living experience while at our community, but we know that living with roommates can mean an occasional difference of opinion. When roommates decide to communicate their expectations, listen and try to understand each other, and care about each other’s well-being, the many great memories you make will outweigh any small conflict you may have.