Two win FREE rent for one semester

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Runfan Huo (left) and Clete Miller were the first of eight to win FREE rent for one semester.

In a show of resident appreciation, Athens Ridge has awarded the first two new winners of free rent for one semester. The prize is worth $3000, roughly the cost of a semester of rent.

There will be four drawings for the new contest, and two people will be chosen at each drawing to win. The first event was January 29th at the clubhouse.

Athens Ridge served pizza and held the drawing at 8 p.m.

“It was definitely a mad rush for the pizza,” Elizabeth Beall, Resident Relations and Marketing Manager for Athens Ridge said, “I think they went through ten pizzas in a minute.”

Beall said that most of the attendees at the event were residents who renewed their leases, but there were some new residents present.

The first winner at the drawing, Runfan Huo, said that he planned on renewing his lease for 2016 anyway but that the contest made him more excited to renew.

“I was very excited at the time,” he said about winning, “When I first told my family, they were very excited. I really appreciate this from Athens Ridge.”

Huo joins the second winner, Clete Miller who is actually coming back to Athens Ridge after a year living elsewhere.

“Athens Ridge is an awesome place to live. The community provides endless accommodations for its residents,” Miller said, “I am very excited to be back.” For Miller, winning the contest is more of a homecoming story, and he said that his family didn’t believe him when he told them he won the drawing.

“When I sent them the picture, they were very happy for me,” Miller said, “I can focus on school without the burden of hoping to have enough money for rent. I feel #blessed!”

“I think more people are excited if they didn’t participate in the last contest to have another chance,” Beall said. Athens Ridge is also hoping to draw more new residents to the events to add to their sense of community.

How it works

Students must be present to win. However, the names in these drawings will be taken from those present at each of the renewal events. Students signing new leases are also 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. Athens Ridge puts together many events to help students socialize with one another.

The next drawing has been tentatively set for February 26, but nothing is set in stone yet. Beal advises residents to watch the Athens Ridge social media accounts to make sure they don’t miss the next event.

 

Be your own Valentine: Alternatives for February 14th

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There are two kinds of people in this world: people who love Valentine’s Day and people who hate it. No matter which type of person you are, you may not have a date for all of the lovers’ festivities.

Whether that is by choice or not, we’ve put together a few ideas of how you can celebrate your solo Valentine’s Day.

Galentine’s Day

Girls night or guys night out, commonly referred to as Galentine’s Day when a group of women are involved, is a great way to have fun if you are single. Get a group of your single friends or friends who aren’t going out with significant others, and go out on the town.

Catch a movie, have dinner, and do drinks. Go dancing, play laser tag, or go to an event in a different town.

Basically, change up the scenery and focus on having fun instead of not having a date.

Take yourself out

Maybe all your friends are busy. It’s not ideal, but it happens. So, take yourself out. As much as you might worry what other people will think if you go to dinner and a movie alone, they probably aren’t thinking about you at all.

Don’t get so caught up with what others might be thinking and miss out on some fun time to yourself.

Try something new

Go do yoga or take a cooking class. Go on a hike. Ride a bike on the greenway. Do something, anything new and interesting to you. What better time to further your own interests than when everyone else is preoccupied with their significant other?

Go to that new restaurant or bar you’ve been dying to try. You could even take a road trip. The key is to get out of the house and have as much fun as you can.

Pretend to be a tourist

Can’t get out of town? Pretend to be a tourist right where you are. Go park somewhere and walk around taking pictures and selfies. You’d be surprised at how much fun you can have.

Spend the day talking in a different accent and asking people about restaurants and tourist sights.

You’ll have a secret of your own, and soon you may start to see Athens through a tourist’s eyes.

Stay in with yourself

That’s right. We said it. Stay in! Don’t go anywhere. Spend the night in your sweats eating pizza with double cheese and tons of junk food.

Watch Netflix or catch up on your favorite book. Take some time to decompress and get some real relaxing done.

You’ll thank yourself later.

No matter what your plans for Valentine’s Day are, try to have as much fun as you can. There is no reason why everyone can’t have a good

Last student wins a year of FREE rent, 8 will win semester of FREE rent

Athens Ridge awarded the last of four prizes for free rent for one year on January 15th. Joining the other winners was Athens Ridge resident Kaleigh Satterfield. Students at the final renewal dinner were served pizza, and three students also took home cash prizes.

“We had a great turnout,” Elizabeth Beall, Resident Relations and Marketing Manager for Athens Ridge said.

Of her win, Satterfield said, “It’s amazing. It’s incredible. I can’t even describe the feeling. It’s like a weight being lifted. I just want to say thank you so much to Athens Ridge.”

Satterfield said that she didn’t expect to be the winner when she walked into the renewal dinner and was actually more excited about the three cash prizes.

“I wanted to renew anyway,” she said, “but this [the contest] made me do it quicker.” Satterfield said that residents and staff alike have been congratulating her on her win, and she has felt a strong outpouring of support.

“Everyone was so happy for me.” After Satterfield called to tell her mother the news, it spread like wildfire through her family.

“She was yelling on the phone, and then she and my dad told everyone else,” Satterfield said.

Satterfield also said that the love and support from residents and staff at Athens Ridge made her love living here even more.

“The whole community is like a big family. Everyone gets along and makes friends,” she said.

Next Contest

Athens Ridge is offering eight more students the chance to win FREE rent, this time $3,000 worth, roughly the cost of a semester. There will be four drawings for the new contest, and two people will be chosen at each drawing to win. The first event was January 29th at the clubhouse.

The other drawings will be announced at a later date. Students must be present to win. However, the names in these drawings will be taken from those present at each of the renewal events. Students signing new leases are also 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. Athens Ridge puts together many events to help students socialize with one another.

In college it can be hard to meet people sometimes, so putting together events like the free rent drawings or just events on the property can help students feel like they are not alone.

“When we have pool events,” Satterfield said, “that’s when I get to know a lot of people.”

So, come out for the next drawing and meet some new friends. Sign or renew your lease, and have your chance to win $3,000 in FREE rent.