You spoke, and we listened! We received numerous survey responses about hosting donation events, and November is the month for giving, so we’ve organized some events to not only give back to you, but to also let you give back to the Columbia community.
Join us the second week of November as we host a donation drive in the clubhouse to help out those in need for the upcoming holiday season. We will also host a res-giving potluck in clubhouse on November 20 before everyone heads home for break, so make sure to join us! Are you a good cook? Don’t be afraid to show off your skills and bring a dish to share with the community, as well.
With the cold weather approaching, please be sure to have your heat on and set to a minimum of 65 degrees. Please be sure to leave it on when you go home for Thanksgiving break to help prevent any pipes from freezing.
Reminders and Updates
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 also have our very own Grindstone Canyon waste bags in the clubhouse, so don’t hesitate to stop by and ask us to get you one for your furry friend(s).
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.
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/campus-advantage.
Community Events Calendar
Hot Not Toddies with Fall Treats — Friday, November 8 @ 2 p.m. — With the arrival of the cold weather, there’s no better time to sip on some hot tea and socialize with your neighbors, so stop by the clubhouse and grab a non-alcoholic toddy with us!
Giving Back Donation Week — November 11–15 — Help give back to the community and those in need by bringing canned foods and winter clothes to be donated to the clubhouse.
Bingo Night — Thursday, November 14 @ 5 p.m. — You know the name of the game. Come to the clubhouse to win a round and win a gift card!
Res-Giving Potluck — Wednesday, November 20 @ 5 p.m. — Join us in the clubhouse for a Grindstone Friendsgiving and let us know what you’re thankful for while we chow down on a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! For those who love to cook, don’t be afraid to bring a dish to share with the community, as well.