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  • What Do Dirty Showers, Mrs. Robinson, and Cough Syrup Have in Common? Student Housing!

    My 21-year-old brother used to argue that his bedroom felt more “cozy” and “lived-in” when it was an absolute mess, so it really shouldn’t have come as much of a shock when we visited him in college and saw an apartment in dire need of a good cleaning. “I didn’t raise you like this,” my mother said, vigorously scrubbing the bathtub walls. Apparently, she did. Student residents such as my brother...
  • Watching “Pretty Woman” for the 90th Time Sure Beats Repainting a Room

    When my last roommate moved out, I had the pleasure of helping to repaint her tangerine-colored bedroom back to its original, glorious shade of off-white. I’m all for roommate bonding, but I’d prefer that it involve a box of (rather cheap) wine and my 90th screening of Pretty Woman, not toxic fumes and three coats of primer. Wielding a giant paint roller over my head, I initially felt very free...
  • Smile, You’re On NAA’s Candid Camera!

    If you want a free trip to Las Vegas, here’s your chance. In recognition of National Apartment Careers Month in February, the NAA Education Institute (NAAEI) is calling for submissions for its “Get Reel” Career Video Challenge posted on YouTube, where you are eligible to win a trip to the 2011 NAA Conference & Exposition in Sin City. All you have to do is submit a 30- to 60-second video...
  • Nothing Says ‘Lease Here!’ Like Some Rotting Pumpkins

    Last year I made the questionable decision to leave three carved pumpkins on my apartment balcony until late January. Some would call this lazy, but I had a pretty busy winter playing online Family Feud and there just wasn’t time to dispose of them. The end result was, well, unsavory. My hand went through the first pumpkin when I tried to pick it up, and the second was encased in a thick coat of...

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