We hope you enjoyed your break at home, on vacation, or wherever you chose to spend it, but we’re so happy to welcome you back! A new year is waiting for you here at The Lodges! We have some exciting events to kick off your semester, like our LinkedIn Workshop, Taco Tuesday, Movie Monday, and DoNut Panic! Check out details and more in the events calendar in this newsletter!

Special Highlight 

  • You may place work orders through your online portal accounts. If you have any further questions, please call the office.
  • If you need any assistance connecting your internet and/or cable, call Cox Community Care at (855) 512-8876 or visit the online support at cox.com/communitycare.
  • Keep an eye out for notices of maintenance and/or vendors who may be entering your unit. Note that all animals should be kept in a confined area of your unit or in a kennel. This is for the safety of your pet and our staff. Thank you.
  • We have a new on-call phone number! If you’re in need of assistance after office hours, please call (225) 685-7071.

Reminders & Updates

Do you have a friend looking for a home? Ask our office about current and fall move-in specials.

Renew your lease today to guarantee your spot for next year!

Pet Owners:

  • You must register any pets to your lease.
  • All pets must be on a leash when out and about.
  • No pets are allowed at the pool.
  • Please pick up after your pooch! We have pet stations with doggie bags scattered throughout the property for you. Please utilize this.


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

Resume Review — All Month — Email your resume to our Resident Director, Katie Hebert, at khebert@thelodges777.com at any time this month for tips and critiques!

Fill Your Fridge Friday — January 1–19 — To help you settle back in from the break, we’re raffling off a $50 gift card for you to purchase groceries for your home! We’ll draw and announce the winner on Friday, January 19.

Cutest Pet Contest — January 1–19 — Our pets are part of our community, too, and we want to recognize that! Submit the cutest photo of your pet to khebert@thelodges777.com to be entered to win. The photos will be shared to our social media. The pet with the most likes will be selected as our winner. The winner will be announced on January 19 and receive a $20 Petco gift card. *Limited submission: One photo per pet.*

National Bubble Bath Day — January 8 — It’s National Bubble Bath Day! To celebrate, we’re selecting a random resident from each of our unit zones to win their own bubble bath jug!

Movie Monday Funday — January 8 from 8–10 p.m. — It’s our classic Movie Monday but with a twist! We’ll have our cornhole set out for you to play while you enjoy a movie and pizza. We’ll be showing Greasein celebration of returning to school for a new semester.

Taco Tuesday — January 9 from 6–7 p.m. — We’ll welcome our residents back home from the holidays with a Taco Tuesday before school starts.

DoNut Panic — January 10 from 9–11 a.m. — School is starting, but have no fear! We’ll have Mr. Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts for breakfast on the geaux! Stop by for your donut on your way to class.

Spring Semester Supplies — January 10–12 — New year, new semester, new school supplies! Pick up free school supplies in the office this week. We wish you the best of luck and a successful spring semester!

Movie Monday — January 15 from 8–10 p.m. — We’ll be screening Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the upstairs clubhouse on the big screen! Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Workout Wednesday — January 17 from 7–8 p.m. — Join fitness instructor Molly Longo for a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class in our clubhouse yoga studio! Please bring your own towels and mats. Bottled water will be provided.

National Popcorn Day — January 19 from 1–5 p.m. — Pop on in for popcorn! Create your own popcorn trail mix with a variety of tasty toppings.

Check-In Cookies — January 24 — We’ll be doing resident walks to check in and see how the new semester is going, how you’re doing, and how you feel we’re doing! We’ll also be handing out Insomnia Cookies as we pass by.

LinkedIn Workshop — January 25 from 7–8 p.m. — Join us for a presentation that will help you improve your LinkedIn profile, making you more attractive to employers. Laptops are encouraged for you to follow along. There will be time for a Q&A, and we’ll serve pizza and soft drinks.

Birthday Bash — January 26 from 4–6 p.m. — Another year older, another year wiser! We’re celebrating our residents with January birthdays! Stop by the clubhouse to get your birthday cupcake!

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day — January 29 — Who doesn’t love the satisfaction of popping bubble wrap? We’ll have plenty to go around for your popping pleasure in celebration of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!