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  • Celebrate the Path to Your Apartment Career During Apartment Careers Month

    As we celebrate Apartment Careers Month this month, NAAEI is reaching out to high school and college students to make them aware of the exciting job opportunities we offer and to advise about working in the industry. You may have heard that our theme this year is “The Apartment Industry is Home to Many Successful Careers!”My early jobs in high school taught me the importance of good customer...
  • Daydream Believer

    I had many childhood dreams. One was to fall in love at a sleep-away summer camp. I used to be fixated on the idea of spending two months on a lake somewhere in Maine doing arts and crafts, water-skiing to my heart’s content and having a respectable summer fling with a 14-year-old boy most likely named Ethan or Cory. We would bond over our shared love of water sports, spend the summer flirting...
  • Child, Please

    I’ve noticed a few things in my 27th year. Namely, that I’m getting old. Now, before you start rolling your (deteriorating) eyes in a “child, please” manner, let me explain. I understand that 27—in the scheme of one’s entire life—is still very young. But I also understand that this is around the time where it’s starts to feel kind of cool to play the adult card.  When I was 25, I felt the need to...
  • Even Tough Guys Like Trophies

    My mom has a habit of trying to surprise me with good news by leaving voicemails that sound anything but. “Lauren, call me when you get this” is a personal favorite. She left that voicemail a few years ago, her tone foreboding. Now, if I were a TV daughter, I would have been Full House’s D.J. Tanner—damn near perfect (minus the time she accidentally fell asleep on her boyfriend’s shoulder)—yet I...

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