Winter’s approaching, and the holidays are upon us as we enter December! We want to inspire your holiday spirit with a variety of festive events this month. We even have some awesome prizes for those who participate, so don’t be afraid to get a little carried away like our favorite holiday friend, Buddy the Elf! Make sure to follow us on social media for quick updates on how to win exclusive giveaways happening throughout the month as well as for event reminders so you don’t miss out!
With the cold weather approaching, please be sure to have your heat on and set to a minimum of 65 degrees to help prevent any pipes from freezing.
Reminders and Updates
Ensure you save your space! The renewal deadline is December 3. Please don’t leave trash out on your porch! You will be charged for doing so. Raccoons and other critters can tear into the bags and leave trash everywhere! A dumpster is located near the clubhouse for your convenience. Rent is due on the 1st of the month, and late fees will be applied on the 3rd at 10 a.m. when our office opens. Please call us if you have any questions on how to set up recurring payments in the new ActiveBuilding portal. Please help us keep our community beautiful by picking up your dog’s waste and placing it in the proper stations located throughout the community. Failure to do so will result in a fine. We have changed the shuttle bus pickup location to be in front of the Student Center on Rollins Street to provide you with shelter while you wait during the cold winter months. If you would like a bus schedule, we have some printed for you in the office.
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
Porch/Door Decorating Contest — December 1–22— What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a friendly neighborhood decorating contest. Take a picture and send it via Instagram through direct message or tag us @grindstonecomo, and you will be entered to win a gift card! We will judge units on December 22.
Study Supplies — Monday, December 2, All Day — Finals are approaching, and we want to make sure you’re prepared! We’ll have a variety of study supplies for you in the clubhouse.
Insomnia Christmas Cookies — Wednesday, December 4 from noon–6:30 p.m. — We’ll have plain sugar cookies from Insomnia Cookies in the clubhouse for you to decorate with various icings, sprinkles, and other toppings while we watch Christmas movies!
Pizza Party — Friday, December 13 @ 2 p.m. — Put all the stress of finals week in the past as we celebrate all your hard work with a pizza party in the clubhouse!