With winter break and finals around the corner, we hope everyone is studying hard and preparing accordingly for their exams. Congratulations to those who are graduating this semester. We wish you the best with your future endeavors. We have absolutely loved being your home for the last couple months!

We would also like to welcome Venus Sweetland to the team. Please stop in and say hello and get to know her! Also, don’t forget to begin renewing your leases if you haven’t done so already. Spaces are filling up really fast, so the longer you wait, the harder it will be to ensure the apartment you would like! Please stop by the office with any questions or concerns.

Special Highlight

Many people have been wondering about the $20 fee associated with paying rent. In order to avoid this, make sure the account you set up with us is set to recurring payments and that it is coming from a checking account. Doing both of these things will ensure you do not get charged this extra fee.

Reminders and Updates

If you are leaving for the entire break, remember to turn off all lights and set your thermostat to around 68–69 degrees to avoid any potential overages.

Tips to Help You Through Finals Week

The time that you’ve been dreading all semester is here: final exams. This is a very stressful time for everyone, so remember to take a minute just for you.

Studies have shown that when you take one minute just for yourself every 30 minutes, your grades will improve. Cramming has proven not to work because you’re stressed, exhausted, and less likely to absorb everything that you’re trying to learn. Taking a minute just for you will allow you to breathe and reset your mind as you continue to study.

After your minute, make sure to take 10 more minutes to review what you’ve learned, and then 20 more minutes of new information before you take another break.

Just thinking about final exams gets stressful, so make sure to breathe and prepare the right way. Whether you’re writing papers, presenting, or taking an exam, preparation is the best way to get an A.

Here are some professor-approved study tips:

  • Drink water, not soda or energy drinks.
  • Eat fruits and veggies to give you natural energy.
  • Turn your phone off as you study to lessen distractions.
  • Find a study partner so you can quiz each other.
  • Use the on-campus tutoring centers or peer-led groups.
  • Talk to your professors! It shows that you care and are trying to do well.
  • Make sure to eat a good breakfast the day of your exam. It truly is the most important meal of the day.

As a member of the Campus Advantage team, we want to do all we can to help you succeed! Make sure to stop by your local front office to see what resources or events they have to help you during this stressful week. We know that all of you are going to do amazing on your final exams!

Community Events Calendar

Keep an eye out for some of the amazing events we have coming up this month, including:

Winter-Themed Hot Chocolate Bar — December 3 from 2–4 p.m. in the 709 lobby

Cookie Decorating — December 5 from 3–5 p.m. in the 709 lobby

Breakfast to Go for Finals Week – December 11 from 9–11 a.m. in the 709 lobby

Grinchmas Party — December 17 from 3:30–5 p.m. in the clubhouse

Candy Cane Bar — December 27 from noon–2 p.m. in the 709 lobby