We hope everyone had a wonderful break and that your semester is off to a great start! If you haven’t already renewed for 2017–18, stop by the clubhouse today to lock in your spot. Spaces are filling up fast! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our events this month and, as always, there will be food and beverages. See the events section for more details. Best of luck as the semester starts to pick up. Stay warm!

Special Highlight

  • If you’re leaving your apartment for the weekend, please remember to keep your heat on! Your pipes can and will freeze if the temperature in your apartment drops too low.
  • Please don’t leave trash out on your porch! Raccoons and opossums will come up to your porch and rip your bags up.
  • When throwing away your trash at the compactor, please make sure to hit the green button to activate it.
  • You can now submit work orders through our online portal! To set it up, visit https://graysoncottages.com/residents. If you have any problems setting it up, please give us a call.

Reminders & Updates

  • Rent is due on the first of the month, and late fees will be applied starting on the 4th of the month.
  • Our new resident portal is up! Visit https://graysoncottages.com/residents and set up your portal to make online payments, submit work orders, and more. If you have any problems setting it up, please give us a call.
  • Office hours are Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday from noon–4 p.m.
  • Stop by our office anytime to find out details about upcoming changes happening here at Grayson Cottages.
  • Some of our floor plans are starting to sell out. If you haven’t renewed yet and would like to, please give us a call or stop by the office as soon as you can!

Focus on Career Success

Whether you are a sophomore looking at internships or a senior getting ready for that first job after graduation, the spring semester brings added pressure as you seek to set yourself apart and set yourself up for success.

Here are five tips to keep you moving forward on a career success track:

Tip #1: The key to getting hired is selling yourself better than the other candidates. What’s your pitch? Practice concise ways to share your value and what you are looking for.

Tip #2: Your resume’s only job is to get your foot in the door! Have it critiqued at the career center.

Tip #3: Google yourself: What does your online presence tell future employers? Are you focusing on your online brand? Your potential employer is! Work on shaping your presence online and off.

Tip #4: Come up with EVERY reason an employer might not hire you — and an answer for each objection. For example, “What I lack in relevant experience, I make up for with my drive and proven ability to learn new things quickly.”

Tip #5: Learn from the best! Find people doing what you want to do and doing it well — and ask them for guidance. It’ll be well worth your time and perhaps a few cups of coffee to do informational interviews with others on their success stories.

These tips are obviously just the tip of the iceberg. Watch out for career success experiences here at your community. Whether you want feedback on your pitch or need someone to critique your resume, let us know how we can help you and connect you with resources to assist in your success!

Community Event Calendar

Breakfast Waffle Bar — February 2 from 9–11 a.m. @ the clubhouse.

Valentine’s Day Movies — February 14 from 2–6 p.m. — Join us in the clubhouse for movies and Valentine’s Day snacks!

Pizza for Lunch — February 20 @ noon @ the clubhouse.

Italian Dinner — February 28 @ 5:30 p.m. @ the clubhouse.