How To Manage Your Finances… The Kapi Student Way!

You’re away from home. You got money on you, gas in your car, and wind under your wings. Where to go? What to do? How much will it cost? For the average college student, budgeting is kind of a new and scary thing that’s kind of hard to get at first. So if you’re still in the dark about how to manage your finance, check out these tips!

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Make A Weekly Budget

Worried that you might be spending too much? Don’t be! If you’re trying to be money smart, set a weekly budget for yourself! Budget for what you need (groceries, gas, rent, utilities, etc) and set aside a small allowance (takeout, the movies, etc) for the little things. Try to spend only what you set out for yourself and try not to go over.


Use Cash, Not Card

If you can help it, use cash. Not to be a party-pooper, but having physical money on hand helps to remind you that you have limited funds and prevents you from overspending (when you don’t have the money to). Treat cards (especially credit cards) as a reserve and try to use cash to pay for your purchases when you can. If you’re trying to curb your weekly spending, this is a pretty good way to do it!


Did Someone Say ‘Free’?

Looking for something fun to do without breaking the bank? Yeah, that’s always a challenge. But instead of blowing $$$ in one afternoon, look for fun alternatives that won’t be as costly. If you check your city’s website, there’s usually some cool events hosted by the city that you and your friend can check out for free (or for a small admission fee). The beach is usually a good option, especially if you live close. And if there’s a park near where you live, even better. It’s possible to have a good time without emptying your wallet! You just gotta use your brain and get creative!


Shop Smart

It might be tempting to buy that expensive new thing as soon as it hits the market, but chances are that if you do, you might be punching a hole into your wallet. Instead, hold off on buying it until there’s a discount or sale if it’s not really a necessary purchase. You might even be able to get a better deal if you check online! And if you shop with promo codes and student discounts, you’ll save even more!



$200 for a textbook? No thank you! Many students already know that shopping for a brand new textbook is a sucker’s game because in a few years, the publishers will probably release the next edition with minimal changes for more or less the same price. Students will rent their textbooks from online retailers like Amazon or Chegg rather than shopping at their campus bookstore, but you want to go one step further, ask your classmates if they have an online version of the textbook (or look for one yourself if you know how to navigate the interwebs)!



This one is a no brainer. If you and a friend are heading to the same destination, why take two cars when you can just take one? Enjoy the company and save some gas along the way. However, be courteous and don’t make your friend front you for gas money if carpooling with them is a daily thing. If you carpool regularly to school or work with your friend, you might be saving money for gas for your car (if you have a car), but they won’t be. Don’t be that person that mooches off your friend’s goodwill. (;-;)


Keeping track of how you spend your money can be difficult (especially when you want to have a life but also pay your bills), but it is important if you’re planning to save up money or wanting to keep a nest egg for emergencies. And don’t worry if you find it hard to adjust at first. Keep at it and you’ll find that managing your money will be easy-peasy!

California Midterm Elections 2018!

Midterm Elections 2018


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While midterm elections aren’t usually as hyped up as presidential elections, this year, young people of voting age went out to the polls and exercised their right to vote in record breaking numbers! Historically, young people (18-29 yrs old) have had the worst election turnout in both presidential and midterm elections. So to all the young people who went out to vote this year, stay passionate! Stay active for the change you want to see! The outcome of the 2018 midterm election saw many historical firsts for many positions in government across state lines because people who don’t usually come out to vote, who couldn’t vote, who have passionate views and positions voted with their hearts and their conscience.

If you didn’t get to see the change you were hoping to for, don’t dwell on it! In the words of Newt Scamander, magical zoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, “Worrying means you suffer twice.” Just because change didn’t happen overnight doesn’t mean you stop fighting for it. There will always be other chances effect change! 🔥

If you haven’t caught up with the election results in California yet, here’s a quick rundown! We have a new governor, Gavin Newsom (D) and a new lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis (D). They will not take office until early January 2019. Fun fact! Gavin Newsom was the previous lieutenant governor under the previous governor of California! The senior senate seat was up for election this year, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) secured a majority vote to keep her senate seat. In the House of Representatives, Democrats secured a majority of the seats (42 seats, 40 majorities, 2 leads) and Republicans won 11 (8 majorities, 3 leads). Incumbent Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) won with a majority vote over Challenger Steven Bailey (R). From the 40 seats in the California State Senate, 20 seats were up for election, with Democrats winning 13 seats (10 majorities, 3 leads) and Republicans winning 7 seats (4 majorities and 3 leads). In the state assembly, 80 seats were up for grabs, with Democrats winning 57 (52 majorities, 5 leads) and Republicans winning 23 (18 majorities, 5 leads). (courtesy of the New York Times California Election Results 2018)

That’s it for the California midterm elections! If you’re curious and want to know more about the specific candidates, races, propositions, and legislations, read up on it! It won’t hurt to stay knowledgeable on policy and the people who are responsible for it!

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Daylight Savings!


Thank goodness it’s the time of year when we gain an extra hour. But before we start celebrating and overthinking what we are going to do with that hour, here’s some tips you might want to check out if you know you’ll need to adjust your schedule to daylight savings!

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Go Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Sleep

Just because you have an extra hour to stay up and study/game/etc doesn’t mean you should. If you are tired, don’t ignore it and push yourself. Practice good sleep hygiene and go to bed when you need it. Turn off your lights and screens, set your alarm(s), and get some ZZZs! You can go back to whatever you were doing before once you wake up refreshed


If your schedule is going to feel out of whack, the best way to get back into your rhythm is to set some reminders for yourself. If you have something you might forget to do, write down! Worried that you might arrive late to something? Set an alarm (or set multiple alarms if you don’t trust yourself)!

Don’t Put Things Off!

Just because you have an extra hour doesn’t mean that you can procrastinate for an hour longer! Those of us for have fallen for this fallacy before are familiar with what the consequences can be, so just don’t. Take care of what you need to do first. If you feel like you have the energy and the time afterwards, do ya thang. Have fun. Get turnt.

That’s pretty much it! Remember to take a break when you need it! Use that hour to get some extra rest if you can! Good luck with midterms and school, everyone!!!!


Important Tips & Guide to a Fun, Safe Halloween!

👻 Stay Safe & Spooky! 👻


Halloween is almost upon us! But before you head out to get your tricks and treats, check out some of these safety tips so you know how to stay safe and sane on Halloween night! 🎃


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Follow the Rules

Don’t do stuff you’ll regret the next day! Have a good time, but don’t do anything that might land you in a hospital or holding cell. Respect the rules of the establishment you’re in (campus, someone’s apartment, etc), get turnt, and stay safe!


It’s dark and spooky out there! And walking out in sky high heels or full-on face masks will definitely impair your ability to move and see. If you have a costume that may cause some problems later on because it affects your mobility or visibility, maybe consider making some alterations so you won’t have to deal with annoying costume problems down the line. But if you think that your costume is too 🔥 to quit, bring something else you can change into (like flats or a change of clothing). Take a breather too! You don’t want to be wearing a bulky mask, wig, etc for a whole night!

Drink Responsibly ☠️

You don’t gotta drink to have a good time, but if you are planning to, make sure you know your limits! You don’t want to throw up on your costume or wake up with bad hangover, right? And you already should know this, but don’t drink and drive! Take a lyft or uber, or better yet, have a designated driver who is able to look after you if you do drink! Better safe than sorry!

The Buddy System 🧛

You can’t go to a good party without a good friend! Have someone keep tabs on you and keep an eye out for your friends because that’s what good friends do! It’s a spooky night on Halloween, so at least make sure you have someone who you can walk back with after the fun’s over (if you have to walk to get home). Stay on well-lit paths! And don’t hesitate to reach out to the campus security for a ride if you need it!

For Emergencies Only! 🚨

This is a given, but make sure your phone is charged and your ringer is on max volume before you head out. You wouldn’t want your phone to die on you on the spookiest night of the year! If you’re going out to somewhere that you’re not familiar with, give a heads up to a friend! If you get into any trouble and you need assistance, that person will know where you are and will be able contact for help! Also! This is important! Keep some emergency money at your side in case you need an Uber or Lyft home! Or you might need it for something else!

Get ready for some of that good ol’ fashioned Halloween mischief! 🕷️🕸️👻 Stay safe out there and make sure that you and your friends stay safe out there on your Halloween adventure!

Play a game and take off the edge before midterms!

Fun Party Games


If you’re throwing a little shindig for a couple of close friends and jenga is not cutting it anymore, have a blast by giving one of these games a try!


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Who doesn’t love a good secret! But don’t worry, it’s not as scandalous as you might think (unless you want it to be). Gather all your friends around in a circle and take out a coin (preferably a quarter). Decide who goes first. That person will ask whoever is sitting next to them a question (like “who do you think is most likely to… ?”) and they will have to reply (out loud and proud) with the name of someone else who is sitting in the circle. Flip the coin. If it’s heads, say the question out loud, and if it’s tails, the question stays a secret between you two forever! It’ll keep everyone on their toes!


Strike a pose! Then give your friends a full minute to immortalize you in their art! It’s pretty simple. Pass out some paper and writing utensils (pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, etc). Pick a person to be your muse and have them pick their pose. They have to hold it for a full minute while you and everyone else have to try to capture their best side. Afterwards, have the model pick out their favorite portrait!


You can never go wrong with this classic game. It’s easy, no fuss, and you’ll get some really good laughs out of it. Cut up some scrap paper, write down a bunch of things you’d like to see acted out, and put the pieces of paper into a plastic bag or container. After that, it’s just a matter of splitting into teams and trying to act out the most things in a minute. 😂 You can also download free charades apps on the apple store or the play store if you like.

What do you think?

This game lets you know just how well your friends know you and how well you know your friends. Ask a question about yourself (like any question). It can range from, “what do you think is my favorite food?” to “what do you think is my type?” Go around in a circle and have your friends give their answers. You’ll be surprised by what they say!

Take a break and have some good times with some good friends! You’ve been working hard and you deserve it! 💪

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 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!



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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!

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