That means springtime, good weather, and spring break are right around the corner! We’ve got some exciting events coming up this month, including a March Madness bracket challenge, our signature Shamrock Search, and of course, delicious food events to tide you over. Good luck on upcoming midterms, and have a great month!

– Grayson Cottages Staff


Reminders & Updates



Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday from noon–4 p.m.

Locked out of your apartment, neighbors being loud, or have an emergency? Please call the Community Assistant on call at (573) 256-0070 for any after-hours emergencies. We’re available seven days a week!

Rent payments: Rent is due on the 1st of the month, and late fees will be applied on the 4th at 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions regarding the payment portal or about your account, please see Jessica Flohra, our AGM, or email her at


Soft Skills Make a Difference


A positive attitude and the ability to look someone in the eye while giving a firm handshake can truly set two very similar candidates apart in the job process. In this day and age of hiring and recruiting, we’ve been hearing a lot about soft skills, or people skills, when describing a candidate’s interviewing and hiring process. These are the skills that basically allow you to get along and interact with others in a work and social environment. Your ability to evaluate and hone your people skills should be part of your job prep, just as you ensure your resume is clean and typo-free.

An employee should be able to communicate, listen, share ideas, and interact with people (sometimes difficult people) in a way that demonstrates professionalism at all times. During the interview process, while your resume is showing your credentials, you are inherently demonstrating your soft skills. It takes constructive thought to be the person you want to be in the workplace. It doesn’t just happen by chance — it happens via thoughtful awareness, informed actions, and respectful engagements.

The skills of success, such as being adaptable, being positive, having a willingness to assist, and conveying a strong work ethic, are arguably more important than any degree or credential.

Stay tuned for more success tips and resources from Campus Advantage!

Did you know we are a national partner with Relay For Life? Make a difference in the fight against cancer by joining our team or donating. Contact the leasing office to find out more about how you can get involved!


Community Events Calendar


Taco Tuesday — Tuesday, March 7 from 5–6 p.m. — Stop by the clubhouse for Taco Tuesday! Tacos and nachos will be served with beverages to top them off.


March Madness Tournament Brackets — Monday, March 13 — Enter into our inaugural March Madness bracket challenge. Please have your brackets submitted before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Whoever has the most accurate bracket at the end of the tournament will win an amazing prize!


Shamrock Search — Friday, March 17 — Be on the lookout for one of four giant shamrocks hidden on the property. If you find one and post a picture of yourself with it to our Facebook page, you’ll win an awesome prize!


Hy-Vee Chinese — Thursday, March 23 from 5–6 p.m. — Stop by the clubhouse for Hy-Vee Chinese on us!


Grayson Spring Break — Rep Your Home Away from Home — Going somewhere for spring break? Stop by the clubhouse before you leave to pick up some spring break Cottages gear. Snap a picture of you wearing our gear on your trip and send it to us on Facebook, and you could win big!