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  • Getting Schooled in Sin City: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Recap

    You’re all liars. That was my big take-away from the first day of the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, after panelist Melanie Ling asked everyone who’s ever tried online dating to raise their hands. Approximately five people did so—half of them mumbling things like “I mean, just once,” or “I’m so, so lonely.” OK, maybe not their exact words. Another 20 people—...
  • That’s Ms. President to You

    Deciding what to cook for dinner—for just one person—often feels like too much pressure. Running the country? Um, no. I have absolutely no desire to become POTUS, but in celebration of President's Day, we asked one of our members—Greystar’s Liz Porras—to share some of the changes she would make as leader of the free world. Following are a few highlights: 1. Large corporations typically have...
  • Chutes and Ladders

    They always say you learn some of the best lessons from those horrible part-time jobs so many of us once had.  To this I say, really? Cause I don’t think I learned much from spending my days in the stockroom at Kohl’s, scanning barcodes while chatting with an elderly employee named Rusty. Except that Kohl’s will accept any and all returns—worn tennis shoes caked in dog feces included. That was a...
  • New Kids On the Block

    Not too many moons ago, I was the “young one” at work. And then five years and three returning grey hairs passed by.  Still, 28 ain’t so bad. In the professional world, I’m considered “next gen”—marching along with the rest of my relatively young colleagues toward the brass ring of future leadership. This is a somewhat frightening thought, as I only discovered Monday that I have, in fact, had a...

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