8 students will win FREE RENT for one semester



Athens Ridge is offering eight more students the chance to win FREE rent, this time $3,000 worth, roughly the cost of a semester.

In a show of resident appreciation, Athens Ridge just awarded four residents with free rent for one year after students renewed their leases for 2016.

The new contests will not only triple the amount of winners from four to twelve, but it will also allow soon-to-be residents to have a chance to win.

There will be four drawings for the new contest, and two people will be chosen at each drawing to win. The first event will be Friday at the clubhouse. Pizza will be served from 6-8 p.m., and the drawing will be held at 8 p.m.

Of the winners, Elizabeth Beall, Resident Relations and Marketing Manager for Athens Ridge said, “They must be present at the drawing to win.”

However, the names in these drawings will be taken from those present at each of the renewal events.

Should someone be unable to attend Friday’s drawing, Beall said that they are more than welcome to come to any of the other events. If you are present and have either renewed your lease or signed a new one, you are eligible to win.

When students arrive to the dinners, they will sign in and be given a drawing ticket. Names will be entered from the sign-in list, so students are reminded to make sure they sign in when they arrive at the event.

The events are also a chance for students to hang out and have dinner together, free of cost. Following the previous free rent drawings, winners felt an outpouring of love and support (and maybe a little envy!) from the Athens Ridge community.

While a chance to win your rent for free is definitely something to be excited about, new residents can also use these dinners as an opportunity to meet their future neighbors or potential roommates.

The dates for the other three free rent events will be announced by Athens Ridge at a later date. Come out on Friday, and don’t miss your chance to win.

Seven professors you will meet in college



Professors are their own breed. Their personalities are vastly different, but their profession makes it easy to lump them all into one category.

It’s easy to be confused about why your Literature professor grades one way when your Statistics professor does something completely different. So, here are seven types of professors you will meet during your undergrad career.

Number One: The Chameleon

This is the one who could be a student but is a professor. You know the ones. They are young, and they have fun personalities. They come into class the first day, and you’re wondering where the professor is.

You may even run into them downtown occasionally. Don’t get too comfortable. Young professors typically grade a little harder than their more experienced counterparts. Before you know it, that youth could be a disadvantage to you and your classmates.

Number Two: The Seasoned Veteran

Now this is the professor who taught you, your four older siblings, your parents, and maybe even your Uncle Tom who just celebrated turning 60. This professor seems to be constantly forgetting things, and you find yourself wanting to keep them company.


They are up there in the years, and you wonder if they even have grandchildren to spend time with them. They come into class, and you wonder which version of this professor you will get: the kind old grandpa or the professor who always compares you to students of years past.

Number Three: The Absolute Authority

This professor is always right. End of story. No matter what you say about why that essay was late or why you think the text means something a little different, this professor’s not buying it.

In his class, you want to make sure you tread lightly, maybe get a seat in the back. Keep your head down, and keep those assignments coming.

Number Four: The Best Friend

This is the one who tries way to hard to relate. His lectures are genuinely fun, but his grading practices need some work. Prepare to get test scores and assignments back late. You may not even know how you’re doing in his class until midterms or later.

The best thing you can do here is stay on top of yourself. You can’t rely on this professor to grade on time or give feedback about your grades, but you can make sure to turn everything in and study hard.

Number Five: The Best of Both Worlds

This professor is a blend of numbers three and four. Their classes are usually pretty interesting, and they have a great personality. You usually have fun when you go to their class, but they also have a lot of self-discipline, and you usually have a good idea of how you’re doing in the class.

These are some of the best professors you will have. So, when you don’t turn in an assignment you find yourself feeling like you failed them in some way.

Number Six: The Jokester

This professor can go one of two ways. On the one hand, they could actually be pretty funny. On the other hand, their jokes could be awful to say the least.

In this class, try not to let the bad jokes distract you. Laugh at the good ones, and if no one else is laughing, give that poor professor a break.

Number Seven: The Socially Awkward One

This is the professor who, bless their heart, you cringe when they start the lecture. They are shy, and it shows. They may even try to joke through the lecture, but no one laughs.

You probably feel sorry for them. Their awkwardness is a distraction, and it’s hard for you not to join in and make fun of them. Try to restrain yourself. This professor is just looking to get the job done. He probably has a real passion for teaching, and he will turn your grades over as quickly as he can.

Last drawing to win FREE rent slated for Friday



On Friday, Athens Ridge residents will have their final chance at winning free rent for one year. The dinner will be from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., and the drawing will close out the evening.

Athens Ridge has ordered pizza for the event, and Athens Ridge staff is excited to see who will be the last winner of free rent for next year.

“We had some come in right after the New Year,” Elizabeth Beall, Resident Relations and Marketing Manager for Athens Ridge said of the influx of residents renewing their leases.

“Even some of the residents from the beginning are looking forward to this last chance to win,” she said.

Beall also said that Athens Ridge will also be giving away other surprises to residents at the dinner, adding that they wanted to give residents a fun back to school event.

The dinner comes after an event at Cloud Bar on Thursday, and the back-to-back events will be a good way to end the week on a high note.

Consolation Prizes

In addition to the drawing for free rent, Athens Ridge will be giving away three other prizes. These will be cash prizes. First place will be $500, second place will be $250, and third place will be $100.

Don’t miss your chance to win any of these awesome prizes! We want to show our residents how much they are appreciated.

Previous winners

The first three winners of free rent are William Drennon, Kelsy Gibson, and Damion Stinson. All of the winners said that the contest made the prospect of renewing their leases more exciting, even if they’d already planned on renewing their leases.

There is no sure way to know you will win, but it is exciting to have that chance. Don’t forget to renew and come to the office for pizza and your chance to be a winner.

Contest Rules

  • Renew your lease by January 15, and you will be entered into the last drawing, with one chance to win free rent for one year.

When you can win

  • Athens Ridge will host four Resident Appreciation Renewal Parties where the drawings will be held. The first event was on November 13th. The second event took place on Cyber Monday, and the third was held on December 15th. Friday will be the last renewal event.

Residents must be present to win. Renew today, and have your chance to join the other winners of FREE rent.

Beat the Back-to-School blues with these tips



Heading back to classes after the holidays can be a bit of a drag. As you start the spring semester, it’s important to try and avoid the Back-to-School Blues.

Start your semester strong. Summer is just a couple of months away, and you’re in the home stretch of the academic year.

It’s natural to feel a little down after the holiday break, so we’ve put together this list of strategies to have an awesome semester.

Holiday fatigue

Everyone understands the struggle of returning to school. The holiday break is this awesome reprieve from essays, tests, and teachers who tell bad jokes. So, it’s natural to feel more than a little tired when school starts back up.

But now it’s time to get back to reality and start cranking out those essays again. Beat holiday fatigue by first making sure you’re getting enough rest. Readjust your sleep schedule, and in your waking hours, try to have something to look forward to every day. This will help relieve some of the monotony.

Get prepared

Being unprepared for classes will only make you feel more down about being back to school. Make sure you check out your schedule as soon as you can and hit the bookstore for any missing textbooks.

Get all of the school supplies you may need, and make sure you have all of your alarms set for those 8 a.m. classes.

Check your space

This one is pretty important. Make sure your living and study space are ready for you when you come back to school. You want to make sure that you’re comfortable and able to focus for the new semester.

Checking your space will help keep you from getting distracted and will keep you upbeat. Remember, you want maximum comfort and functionality here.

Get active

Start an activity or get back on the greenway. Hit the gym or grab a few laps in the pool. Staying active will help you feel happier and more awake. Get your friends to get active with you, and it won’t seem like as much of a chore.

This is also a good way to meet new people, and that will help put some excitement into the new semester.

Meet up with friends

This one is key. When you’re running all over campus and stressing about essays and quizzes, don’t forget to meet up with friends. Take some time to enjoy their company, and you’ll feel more refreshed.

Start your semester strong. Make sure you’re prepared for classes, but don’t forget about your social life. Eliminate any unnecessary stress, and you can beat the Back-to-School Blues.

New roommate matching software easy to use


A lot of Student Apartment Communities advertise that they do roommate matching. Despite the exaggerated claims, for many of them, this means no more than spending a few minutes figuring out who are the smokers and who can’t stand to be around pets.

At Athens Ridge, we use sophisticated software to find your roommate. After you’ve been approved and signed your lease to reserve a bedroom, you will receive an online prompt to create a profile through our roommate matching system.

This is kind of like a low-key social network where you will answer some basic questions, like how often you clean, (or party!) and write a paragraph about yourself.

Once this is done, an algorithm will process your data along with data from everyone else who has completed their online profile. Then, you will see a link called “My matches” at the top of your screen. These matches are calculated by percentage of compatibility.

You can review your matches, and the system will allow you to send emails and invitations to meet with your prospective roommates.

Sound complicated? It really isn’t. So we’ve decided to put together a step-by-step guide for you. This way, the idea of using the software will be a little less intimidating.

Step 1: On the Athens Ridge website you will click “Apply Now.” This will take you to our online guest card where you will fill out your basic information and create your login.

Part of this basic information is which floor plan you have chosen. Make sure this information is correct as you can only be matched to people who have chosen the same floor plan.

Step 2: Remember your login! It sounds obvious, but this is something you should write down or put in your phone. You will be asked to log in after you finish the guest card, so you want that information handy.

Step 3: The next screen you see will ask you to prioritize other floor plans. This is just in case all of your first choices have been taken. The choice you selected on the first page should already have a “1” beside it.

Step 4: Fill out your profile information. You will have to answer a set of predetermined questions about yourself and your ideal roommate.

These are usually questions about cleaning and cooking habits, how quiet of a person you are, if you have a pet, and smoking and drinking habits. Beneath these items you can prioritize how important these items are to you.

For example, you can mark that it is more important to you that your roommate does not have a pet than whether or not they watch as much TV as you do.

Step 5: Fill in the custom fields. These are the “About me” and “About my roommate” sections. It can be a little time-consuming to write a paragraph about yourself and your ideal roommate, but these custom fields allow us to pull more information to find your best possible roommate.

The custom fields are a huge advantage to our software because they help generate more matches and make the software feel more like a low key Facebook. Basically, this gives students a way to pick their own roommates after the software generates a set of possible matches.

Another plus is you can choose to make these fields private so that other students searching through the system can’t see what you don’t want them to. You choose how much of your profile is public.

Step 6: Generate matches. Once you’ve entered your information, our software will begin generating matches. You will see a “My matches” tab on your screen, and when you click it you can see how many people fit your profile and what percentage of a match they are. From here you can view their profiles, send messages, and send invitations to be roommates.

Once you’ve decided to room with someone and they accept your invitation, our staff will receive an alert and make it official.

It’s fast, low key, and easy. We don’t want you to stress about finding a roommate. Let us help you make a new friend and make college that much more enjoyable.