We hope that you all are having a fun and safe winter break so far! Winter is now in full swing in Reno, so be sure to stay prepared with your chains in your car and your winter attire in reach. It’s a new year, which means it’s time to refresh, renew, and make new resolutions!


Maintenance Tips

Winter Break Tip: Before you leave for the break, please make sure that your heaters are turned on and set to 65 degrees to avoid pipes freezing.

Service Requests: Please make sure that you put in work orders for your apartment ASAP when you have identified a potential problem.

After-Hours Requests: If it is after hours, please call (775) 770-4887, and the on-call technician or Community Assistant will determine whether the work order is an emergency or not.

Reminders & Updates

From your Highlands staff, we would like to wish you good luck in the new year! We hope that you all enjoyed spending time with your families over the holidays. We’re kicking off this new year with some fun events. We hope to see you all in attendance!

Don’t forget to renew your lease by January 31 to ensure that you keep your same bedspace! We’re filling up quickly, so if you know you’re staying, be sure to contact the front office about renewing.

We now have Snapchat and Pinterest accounts for the property! Be sure to follow us on all social media for important updates and for anything going on in and around our community.


Start Now

Written by Megan McCollum

You’ve conquered your final exams, spent time with family, and brought in the new year with friends. But now what? How do you ensure that you’ll be at the top of your game with a new course load when you’re so used to relaxing at home?

Here’s a hint: Start now. Buy your books, find your classrooms, spend some time cleaning your room and clearing your desk.

As the fall semester probably taught you, college flies by. There’s no time to slowly ease back into it — take a deep breath, prepare your mind, and dive in. Don’t just take it day by day; create a study schedule, make some friends and form a study group, and talk to your advisor and get to know them.

There are thousands of resources at your fingertips just waiting to be used. For example, places to study. Trying to focus in your bedroom with your roommates around and electronics everywhere is hard, so take advantage of your property’s clubhouses and study rooms, as well as places on campus.

Once you’ve found your perfect study place, it’s time to use the resources available to you. College students today rely on technology for almost everything, from textbooks to full online courses and online study materials. There are even some apps that can be used to help you study, such as iTunes U and Brainscape. If you aren’t using your cell phone to study, turn it off — social media will be there when you’re done, but your professor won’t wait around for you to learn.

If you find yourself procrastinating, take a deep breath, and ask yourself why this assignment is important. Don’t ask why you don’t want to do it; ask yourself what you will benefit from it. Ask yourself what you can learn, and why it’s meaningful.

Reward yourself with something you can truly withhold from yourself if you don’t complete the task. Offering yourself candy or saying you won’t go to that show if you don’t write your paper isn’t meaningful enough to motivate you. Find something you truly want, and when you reward yourself, notice how it feels.

Don’t settle for less. Don’t wait for things to just work out. Start now.


Community Events

Sandwich Bar — Friday, January 5 from noon–1 p.m. — Come enjoy this fun social event and create your own sandwich without having to leave the property!

Breakfast with the Staff  — Tuesday, January 9 from 8–10 a.m. — Stop by the front office to have breakfast with The Highlands staff!

Minute-to-Win-It Games — Saturday, January 20 from 3–5 p.m. — Join your Community Assistant at the volleyball court to play a bunch of minute-to-win-it games! We’ll have prizes to choose from!

Back-to-School Bingo — Monday, January 22 from 1–3 p.m. — Join us in the clubhouse to play back-to-school bingo for your chance to win free school supplies! We’ll have snacks while the games are going.

DIY Cookies in a Jar — Thursday, January 25 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. — Stop by the front office to make your own cookie batter to take home and bake!

Power Smoothies — Friday, January 26 from 1–3 p.m. — Stop by the front office for a power smoothie before heading off to the second half of your day.

Spaghetti-palooza. — Monday, January 29 from 5–7 p.m. — Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner while visiting with neighbors! We’ll have different kinds of sauces as well as other toppings.

January Birthday Celebration — Wednesday, January 31 (All Day) — We would like to celebrate your birthday with you! If you were born in January, be sure to stop by the front office today for a piece of cake!