Communication Etiquette for the Conscious Kapi Student in 2018!


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Communication Etiquette!

Whether it be in person or through the net, it’s difficult to get through a day without talking to anyone! So if you need some tips on what to do the next time you gotta get that human connection, look no further because we got you! 😀👌


Phone Calls ☎️

Ah, yes. Phone calls. For some people, the idea of calling someone over the phone can be a little bit anxiety-provoking. Why? Well, it could just be that they’re not as coherent or eloquent as they are over text or emails. It’s all good when you’re calling a friend, but it’s a different story when you are calling to make an appointment or an inquiry about something that is both personal and important to you. Don’t worry. Start with a ‘hello!’ or ‘good morning/afternoon/evening’! State your name and the reason for why you are calling. Don’t be afraid to elaborate if you have to! If the person on the other end can’t hear you, be patient and just adjust your volume and/or talking speed and try again!

Texting

Texting is a lot less formal than writing a letter or email, so try not to sweat too much over typos when autocorrect changes ‘of’ to ‘if’ and vice versa! 😅 If you’re texting friends, just do you! No need to worry about the amount of emojis or ‘LOLs’ you put into your messages. If you’re texting an acquaintance or someone you don’t know very well, you could try to tone down the extraness in your texting style until they get used to it. And if you’re texting someone in a more formal context, just remember that one or two smiley emojis is ok, don’t ‘LMFAO’ your boss, and keep your language on the straight and narrow unless otherwise. 🔥🔥🔥

 

Social Media 👀

If you have an account on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, Youtube, and etc, you probably already have a social circle on there with which you are comfortable and familiar with! It’s your personal space! But try to keep it tasteful! You don’t know what impression your social media might give to a potential colleague or employer should they look over your queued posts!

 

Emails

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Emails are hardly ever fun, especially when you’re a student! But you have to keep on top of them because your academic life kinda depends on it. #sadreactsonly #😥 During each quarter/semester, you’ll probably have to email a professor or two about the course if you haven’t already gone to office hours to do that. So if you don’t already know how to formulate a .message, here’s a few tips on how you can do that:

● Start off with a ‘Dear Professor/Dr. *insert name here*’. Make sure that you use the proper term of address unless your professor is ok with being addressed casually.
● You should state your name, school ID#, and which class of theirs that you are currently enrolled in because some professors teach more than one class and will not bother with the rest of your email if the source is too vague or ambiguous.
● State your concern -> grade disputes, exam regrades, homework/project clarification, research interest. Be polite and concise with what you want to say.
● Thank them for their time. Your professor is probably taking time out of their free time to read your emails, so thank them properly. If you want a response, say something like ‘I understand that you are busy, but I would appreciate it if you could give me a response regarding this concern. Thank you!”
● Sign your email -> “Sincerely, *insert your full name and school ID#)

Bug Calling


Just don’t.The person you’re trying to contact has a life of their own. Maybe they’re busy working or taking a break. The aren’t going to be chained to a computer or a phone at all times and you are not entitled to their time and energy, so don’t expect them to give you an immediate response to your concerns. Give them some time before you send another email or call them again. If you’re thinking about sending them an email or a voicemail every hour or so until they respond, maybe rethink that choice. You wouldn’t want someone to spam your inbox, so why would you do it to them?

Once you get the hang of it, communication with your colleagues and the outside world isn’t so scary! And if you’re still not sure about what the etiquette rules are, try to ask yourself how you’d conduct yourself and what would you say if you were talking to someone in person! Enthusiasm and excitement aren’t bad, especially if you want to leave a good impression on someone! 💪 (That’s a low-key life hack right there!) Don’t be intimated to reach out to people when you want to!


 

Why wait? Just get it done!!!

Steps to Getting Things Done!

Let’s go! You can do it! It’s time to buckle down and get busy! But if you need some tips on how you could stay on task, then look no further!

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Multiple Alarms 📱
If you’re the type to say, “I’ll get back to work at 7PM”, and then take an extended break because you weren’t paying attention and it’s now 7:01PM, then you might need to change some of your ways. 🤣 🤣 If you keep your phone around you a lot during your study sessions, you can create alarms to help pace yourself so that you know when to study and when to take a break! It’ll help keep you from procrastinating too hard and make sure that you don’t overwork yourself! And if you know that you’ll get distracted by having your phone too close to you, turn up the alarm volume and leave it somewhere out of reach. 💪

Clear Your Space
When you’re working in an environment with distractions (things you’d rather be doing instead of the thing you’re supposed to be doing), it’s pretty easy to get sidetracked. Maybe you’re working in your room and the distraction is your warm, comfy bed. Or you’re studying in the living room while your roommate is in the middle of rewatching all seven seasons of Parks and Recreation. Are you really going to be able to tune out all the punchlines and pranks? (we’re all human, fam). Naw. So if you need a distraction-free area to study in, try quiet places like your school library or one of the study rooms at your Kapi Community Center! 📚

The Buddy System
Sometimes, having someone around can really make a difference. And when you put on that 24/7 lo-fi youtube playlist? It’s good times all around! But for reals, having some company around can keep you invested in a boring grind. But you gotta remember that while it’s cool to take some time to goof off and let loose during a break, you can’t just completely neglect your responsibilities. Make sure to keep your study buddy in check and have them keep you focused!

Plan Smart!
It’s really great when you have the motivation to get everything done in one day, but we know that sometimes, that’s not the case. Something last minute comes up and you gotta stop what you’re doing to take care of this new, sudden priority. You got tired, hungry, or you just lost the motivation to do the thing because your task seems unending and pointless. Try investing in a planner and map out what you want to do for the day and what is realistically possible. Space out your to-do list and you’ll get a lot more done when you don’t have to worry about everything at once.

Try some of these tips and see how they work out for you! If you keep at them, you’ll be able to maintain a good study/work routine and get more things done without burning out! You can do it!

Kapi Student Meal Tips

College Meal Tips

It can be hard to eat a healthy and balanced when you’re doing your best in school, at work, maintaining a social life, etc . . . But food is life! So here is your reminder to snack better and start some good eating habits!

Don’t Skip Meals
You’ve probably skipped a meal before because you had other stuff to do, like a test to cram for or a busy shift that kept you on your toes until the very end. Even if you don’t have time to eat at your leisure, you should at least try to eat something to keep you running until you can sit down and have a proper meal. A snack or a small sandwich should give you what you need to keep you going! Lastly, if you can, try to three square meals a day! Create a healthy habit! 😂 Don’t be that one person who eats one large meal at 3PM and counts it as having eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day! 😂

Snack Better
Instead of reaching for that can of cola or bag of chips, try something like dried fruits or a yogurt cup! It’s tasty, healthy, and you’ll be able to stay filled up without having snack more in between meals. Also, don’t let snacking be your go-to when you need a stress reliever! Eating might make you feel better for a short while, but you’d be better off taking a break to clear your head or moving around a bit!

Portion Sizes
If your monkey brain is telling you to eat all the pasta when you could easily fill yourself up and have enough for leftovers for the next day . . . don’t. 😭😭 Keep on top of how much food you’re eating because eating in excess is not the best thing you could do for yourself, even if what you’re eating is healthy! The best way to do that would be to portion off some of your cooking and store it in the fridge for the next day! After that, enjoy your meal!

Meatless Meals
If you already vegetarian or vegan, this should be right up your alley! If you aren’t, that’s alright! This isn’t a message to get you to go vegetarian or vegan. But let’s be real for a second, fam. Meat is expensive, it takes time to cook, and if you eat too much of it, it’s really bad for you. There’s a bunch of recipes online that don’t include meat in the ingredients (try looking for recipes for salads, sandwiches, and pasta!) So if you’re feeling in the mood for something refreshing and easy to make, try something new and see how you like it!

Not All The Time
A “treat yo self” moment in moderation is an awesome way to pat yourself on the back for finishing what you had to do or for maintaining a healthy eating routine! But if you’re finding that you’re going out for boba, ice cream, Taco Bell, etc every single day, you might want to take it easy and say “Not Today”. 😂👌 Treating yourself is an essential component for self-care, but you also gotta be a #responsibleadult and save money/eat healthy! Do your best!

It’s important to remember that food intake is important to your health! If you need to eat, eat! Don’t soldier on and let yourself burn out! Check out your local grocery store to see what kind of deals they have! And if you need assistance, go to your school’s student resource and food pantry. Don’t be shy! College student food pantries are mostly student-run and are happy to help you with any food-related concerns you might have! And finally, here’s your reminder that while self-care is good, go easy on the snacks and junk food!

Good Advice For College Living

You might have already heard these words of wisdom before, but it doesn’t hurt to hear them again. School is coming up soon. Are you ready?

 

 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with school approaching, especially if you’re going to have to make major schedule changes. Plan things out and make sure that you can have enough time for yourself as well. Here’s to a good school year!!!

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5 Tips For A Good Roommate Experience

It’s not all fun and games when you’re living with people! There are going to be some moments where you want to flip a table because someone is getting on your nerves. That’s fine! You’re a person, not a robot! If you think something is going to be a problem early on, it’s best if you and your roommate talk about it before it becomes a mess.

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Expect Noise 📣

There are going to be some times where you’re trying to get some peace and quiet and someone else is out there in the living room living it up with their Netflix stream or with some friends over. Or you might be the one who wakes up earlier than the rest and there’s no real way you can quiet down your morning routine so you don’t wake up the rest of your apartment. If tensions rise over noise levels, make sure to bring it up and talk it over! Don’t let it stew because then it’ll just bad times later on for everyone involved.

 

Respect Boundaries

College is all about meeting new people with different personalities! If it turns out that you’re living with someone who’s not exactly on the same page as you, don’t let your first reaction be something negative like resentment or seething rage (some people get like that tho, so it’s probably best if you give them their space first). Don’t be that person who oversteps their boundaries and pushes their roommates out of their comfort zone too often. Remember, you’re all sharing the same living space. And if you find that you’re the person who’s getting pushed around, it’s definitely ok to stand up for yourself and call the other person out on it!

 

Chores 🗑️

Often, one of the main sources of tension with living with other people is the division of chores. Yes, you’ll all be busy! You have classes to study for, jobs to work at, a personal life to live, etc . . . but if your main contribution to maintaining the household is doing your own dishes and putting them away, you might need to do some more. Don’t let just one person do all the work! Talk to your roommates and make a to-do list. Who’s going to take out the trash? Who’s gonna keep the kitchen clean? If it’s too much work for one person, it’s probably a good thing to ask if someone to help out.

 

Personal Belongings

The short answer is ‘if it doesn’t belong to you, you should probably ask permission to use it’. If your roommate says it’s alright to use something like a vacuum cleaner or a blender without having to always ask, then go on ahead (just take care of their thing and clean it if it gets dirty after use). If it’s something more personal like shampoo or a laptop computer, don’t just automatically assume that your roommate will be alright with you borrowing it. Even if you’re fine with the idea of your roommate borrowing your things for short term use, it doesn’t mean the reverse is the same. Ask first.

 

Actually Living Together

One of the perks of living with other people is being able to enjoy their company and do things together! It’s the little things like saying ‘have a good day’ before they go out the door or ‘do you wanna get some 2am pancakes, fam?’ that make you appreciate the apartment life more. Don’t be shy! But don’t get all up in their face either. If your roommate rainchecks you or is more on the quiet side, don’t take it personally if they can’t go out with you or talk to you all the time!  Conversely, if you want to be more involved with your roommates, but you don’t make an effort to get to know them, don’t get offended when they don’t invite you out or ignore you. Your roommate isn’t purposely trying to be a ‘bad roommate’. They’re people, just like you. If you want to change something in your dynamic, don’t be scared to step up and say something.

Be kind and support each other! You’re all living in the same apartment, so make the best of it and hype each other up. For better or worse, you’ll be together, so don’t be a stranger and have fun!

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To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

How To: Get Ready To Go Back To School

It’s almost time to head back to school. Much sadness. Such tired. Just Kidding! It’s time to put on our learning hats and get that education! Are you ready?! Let’s make this year the best ever!

 

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Get Your Desk In Order

It’s a good time to take advantage of the back to school sales that are happening right now. Things like notebooks and pencils  to laptop computers and external hard drives are usually marked down for the influx of students going back to school. If you need something that’s usually pricy or you just want to stock up on stationary, now would probably be a good time to go out there and get what you need.

 

Textbooks

If you remember which classes you’re taking in the fall, look them up and see which books your professors are requiring for their classes. You don’t need to buy them yet, but it would be a good idea to see if you can find any used or affordable rentals and bookmark the links ahead of time. Of course, if a kind soul posted the pdfs online, go ahead and bookmark them. When your first day starts, you’ll feel good knowing that you already prepared ahead for your classes.

 

Freshen Up Your Wardrobe

No lie, but showing up in a new outfit on the first day is a mood. Sure, maybe no one else can tell you’re sporting some new kicks or a cute new top (unless you tell them or scream it from the rooftops), but you’ll have that satisfaction of knowing how fresh you look on your first day of school. So treat yourself a little and get that new thing for yourself. And if you have any old clothes (maybe they don’t fit you or they’re just a little outdated), donate them!

 

Organize Your Music

This might not seem related to school, but make some playlists for yourself if you’re the type to jam out during the day! Need some music for when you’re on that study grind? Make a lofi or instrumental playlist for yourself to get you through some trying time! Late night food run? Stuck in traffic? Or when you want some background music while you’re walking through campus? There’s a playlist out there for that!

 

Fix your sleeping schedule

Year after year, students always complain of the lag they feel when they’re suddenly forced to switch back to their academic routine. No one is having a good time when they’re suddenly shutting down at 1 PM during a lecture because they stayed up too late on IG or playing MMOs with friends. If you can, try to sleep an hour earlier or just at a reasonable time. It might cramp on your style a bit, but at least you’ll won’t feel as tired as your fellow peers on your first day. 😂

 

You don’t have to do everything at once! Plan things out one step at a time. But don’t worry too much! Just go at your own pace and do your own thing!

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5 Exercise Tips Every Student Should Know

Finding time to go to the gym regularly is pretty hard. It can be even more difficult if you just don’t feel like it or don’t know how to work out properly. Here are some tips for you if you wanna try going to the gym more!

 

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Start Off Small

Listen, if the last time you worked out was because you had to take the stairs instead of the elevator, there’s probably no chance of you turning up to the gym and starting off on the biggest, scariest looking machine in the room (unless you’re wild like that). Instead of potentially hurting yourself, try some basic workout routines like squats (with weights) or lunges and work your way up.

Take Advantage of Available Gyms

Each Kapi apartment community has its own gym for its residents to use! Bring your jams, your water, and a light snack! As a student, you probably have a free gym membership to your school gym as well, so don’t let that go to waste! Try to work in an hour at the gym if you can (maybe in your down time or after classes) and see how you feel about it!

Daily Reminders

Do yourself little favors to remind you to keep it up! Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get up and work out if you need a break from a hard study grind. Pack your gym clothes and some water along with your things for the next day. Prepare that post-workout snack to keep you motivated! Once you get the hang of it, it’ll be a good addition to your daily routine!

Have A Witness

You probably heard that working out or going to the gym with a friend will motivate you to work out more, so try it! See who’s free and head on down to the gym together! Have fun while you’re keeping in shape!

Step by Step

It can be kinda scary going to the gym, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing. That’s ok though. If you got other ways to keep in shape, like walking or riding a bike to
classes, that’s great! Just go at your own pace and see what works best for you!

If you’re just starting, no worries! Everyone has to come up from somewhere! Look up some online guides or ask a friend who’s a gym nut for some tips! You can do it!

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Are You Ready To Move In?

Welcome to Kapi Residences! We’re here to help make sure that your move-in goes smoothly so you get to settling down in your new apartment as soon as possible!

 

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Step 1: Taking Care of Logistics

There’s some business you gotta take care of before we can hand you the keys to your apartment, but don’t worry, it’ll be pretty quick! We just need to do it to make sure we can take care of you and make sure that there won’t be any problems with your move-in. First, notify the Kapi Community Housing Office of the date and time that you are planning to move in so that there will be someone there to greet you and give you your keys and a tour of your new place! If you could give a heads up to the office about 10-20 minutes before you arrive at Kapi, that will be greatly appreciated, so please make sure to give us a call when you’re close! Last, but not least, make sure you completed your payments before moving in so there won’t be any complications!

Step 2: Meet and Greet!

When you arrive, be on the lookout for someone wearing a Kapi T-shirt! They’ll be the ones who will help you with moving in, so say hello! We won’t bite! Also, don’t forget to take a look at your welcome package! It’s got tons of helpful information about Kapi, your community, and neighborhood!

Step 3: Be our guest!

After all that is taken care of, we’ll show you around to your apartment and to your bedroom! If you have any questions about your apartment, it would be a really good time to ask while we’re giving you the grand tour (though if you have any other questions, we’re always just a phone call away). We’ll also give you a tour around the community so you can check out the amenities like the gym, pool, and study rooms you’ll have access to. Don’t be shy and let us know if you need some help with your luggage too! We’ll be happy to lend a hand and help you move in!

Step 4: Home Sweet Home!

When you’re finished with moving in, don’t forget to pop by and say hello to your roommates! Introduce yourself and do some roommate bonding once you’re finished unpacking!

Don’t forget! If you need help with anything, just come down to the community housing office or give us a call at (949) 336-3537! We’re always happy to lend a helping hand, so don’t be a stranger!

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To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien

4 Simple Ways to De-Clutter

Can’t find that one pen on your pencil case? Do you keep losing things in the trunk of your car? No worries! Put these tips to use and free up some space for yourself and your things!

 

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Loose Change?

If it seems that you’re finding loose change everywhere in your car, bedroom, living space, etc, now is probably the time to invest in a little bank container or a small tin of mints. Place a piggy bank (tbh there’s a lot of cute money containers you can choose from) on your desk or drawer and make a habit of putting the loose change you find in them. It’ll rack up really fast! If you happen to find a lot of loose change in your car, put it in an empty mint tin and keep that stored in your storage compartment! It’ll keep your car nice and tidy and you’ll know where your loose change is when you need it!

 

For Your Drawers

Make life easier with a drawer organizer that keeps your socks, shirts, and etc organize. You won’t have to sift through a pile of clothes to find that one thing anymore. Just roll up your

garments and organize by color, brand, etc!

 

Junk In The Trunk?

If your car doesn’t have a built in trunk organizer or an storage net, that’s fine! You can get one yourself for pretty cheap and it’ll keep your stuff in one place when you come back from a heavy round of grocery shopping (or any kind of shopping really). For those of you who really don’t want to spend anything, a big ol’ box (like the kind you get from Costco) will do just fine!

 

For Your Shower and Bathroom

Got tons and tons of bottles and soaps cluttering your bathtub and sink? Do they leave gross residue and marks on your bathtub and sink after a while? If so, you should get a hanging shower caddy/shelf organizer for all your shampoos, conditioners, body wash, lotions and etc. Not only will it make your bathroom easier to clean, but you won’t have to deal with wrangling up your soaps and lotions anymore! Not tripping over your soaps will make your self-care routine a lot easier!

The little differences from having a tidier space will make life a bit more easier for you! But there’s nothing wrong with having a space that’s more lived in if it that’s what makes life easier! Each to their own, right?

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How To: Keep A Plant Alive At Your College Housing

If you want something green in your apartment, but you’re not sure what you want or what you’re capable of taking care of, no worries! Here’s a handy guide to getting a leafy friend for your Kapi apartment!

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How much light do you get?

Most plants species you find at the market or gardening center require some kind of natural light to grow, so it’s not realistic for you to expect even a low maintenance plant to grow in a dark room. If you have a space with decent lighting (you keep open your blinds/curtains during the day), you can provide a nice, cool area for a pretty snake plant (decent growth) or rubber plant (can get tall). If you get more than the normal of amount of lighting in your apartment or you just want to grow something on your terrace, you can get a succulent/cactus or chinese money plant if you want something small, or an umbrella plant (if you want something a little bigger).

 

What fits your aesthetic?

If you picked out plants for your apartment before, chances are that you picked them out because they fit with your decor scheme. Unfortunately, that cute little succulent you got from the supermarket didn’t do so well in a space with minimal lighting. That’s alright though! There are dozens of plants out there that will fit your style. Want something beachy, but doesn’t need direct sunlight? Why not get a small areca palm plant? How about a classic boston fern or spider plant? They’re cute and easy to take care of! You can look online for dozen of other suitable apartment plants that will look good in your Kapi Apartment!

 

It’s a little dark, but I still want a plant!

Succulents are, unfortunately, not an option if you want to keep a plant in a shadier space. A lot of people think that because they are low maintenance, you can water them at least once a week and they’ll be fine, which is true. They just need a lot of sunlight to grow. So if you have a shady space and want to put a leafy friend there, why not get a ZZ (Zanzibar) plant that can tolerate low light and is super easy to care for! If you want something more luscious and leafy, get a pothos plant or a cast iron! They’re also super easy to care for and will brighten up your place!

 

Extra tips for maintaining a houseplant:

  • If plant leaves have burnt tips: move it out of the direct sunlight
  • If plant leaves are getting thin or losing their color: give it some more water
  • If plant growth has stagnated: give it more light
  • If plant collapses when soil is moist: give it less water

Take care of your leafy buddy! They’ll do their own thing, but when they need it, a little extra love from you can go a long way!  You can also split plant responsibilities with your roommates and make it easier!

This article is brought to you by Kapi Residences, a fully-furnished student housing provider in California. Find top-notch apartments and amenities at an affordable price.

To learn more about why Kapi Residences is the right housing option for you, click here.

Written by: Jessica Tsien