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  • Je Ne Speak Francais

    The first day of my high school French II class, the teacher turned to me and said, “Comment allez-vous?” (Translation: How are you?) “J’em appelle Lauren,” I replied. (Translation: My name is Lauren.) The teacher seemed confused—most likely because I couldn’t understand the most basic French after a full year—and shook her head. “Comment...
  • The Time I Almost Saw Nancy Pelosi: Your Lobby Day Coverage

    The first time I participated in NAA’s Lobby Day, I arrived at the Capitol for a day of Senate and House meetings. I had absolutely no idea there were actual Senate and House buildings. I sort of assumed everything was conducted within the dome.  Yeah, I’m not really a political person. (And, in this case, perhaps not even an educated person.) The point is that if I, of all...
  • Saved By the Blog: Your Student Housing Conference Coverage

    For those of you who missed the 2014 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition last week in Las Vegas, not to worry—we have your coverage. I mean, you should worry a little—you missed an amazing conference, including some very photogenic General Session speakers, amazing breakout sessions and the general shenanigans that come with Vegas—but you’ll just have to rely...
  • We Want Candy

    M&M’s—the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand—are delightful. M&M’s—managers and meetings—are not. Let me back up a step before I’m asked to pack my belongings and turn in my key card. Managers and meetings are necessary components of most office environments. But as many lower-level employees can attest, it often seems like M&M...

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