Stay Safe on College Campus

Posted: October 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Hundreds of seniors graduated from high schools in Lynchburg and headed out to join thousands of other students on college and university campuses across the country. Some of these students are new residents at our apartments in Lynchburg, and we would like to help keep all students safe on campus.

Freshman will be eager to prove they are ready for their first opportunity to live away from home and upperclassmen will be returning to something familiar and comfortable. In both cases, personal safety should still be at the top of the priority list.

While we don’t want to make anyone nervous, we would like to remind you that although college can be a bubble, don’t forget that crime is possible anywhere  even on college campuses.  

Before you head to campus this fall, make sure you take a look at the following tips from StreetSafe.com to help ensure your personal safety.

1. Let friends or roommates know where on campus you are going, who you are with and when to expect you home.

2. Never leave outside doors propped open, and don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.

3. A stranger is still a stranger, even if they are a fellow student. Do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know.

4. Do not drink in excess. When you do so, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired, making you an easy target.

5. When approaching your car or residence, have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.

6. When walking by yourself, keep expensive belongings such as laptops hidden. You will be less of a target.

7. The beaten path is the better path. Do not take short cuts and familiarize yourself with the area before heading out.


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Support the Dog Park, Buy a Brick

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

If you have a dog who lives with you in your apartment in Lynchburg, VA then you have probably been to our brand new dog park. The Lynchburg dog park is expanding, and right now, they're selling bricks to make it happen.

In total, they've raised nearly $10,000 toward an $80,000 goal as part of expansion.

The brick fundraiser will help pay for things like landscaping, benches and a water-line. Organizers say their goal is to start laying out the bricks by the end of the year.

Organizers hope it goes faster now that the park's open. People can buy a brick and have their business advertised. Now that the park is done, people can come out and see what they've been donating for.

If you enjoy Walden Pond Apartments, pet friendly apartment homes, and are interested in buying a brick, you have until September 30. For more information go to lynchburgdogpark.com/Pages/GivingLevels.aspx

The dog park is also looking for more volunteers. They will have a training session Wednesday night from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the Miller Center off Grove St. in Lynchburg.

WSET


Buy or Rent in Lynchburg?

Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Considering all of the volatility in the housing market in recent years, does it really make sense to own a home? Or is it better to rent an apartment in Lynchburg, VA?

It used to be that the American dream included owning a home. Now the pendulum seems to have swung dramatically in the other direction. Since the housing bubble burst, some are beginning to rethink the conventional wisdom that owning a home is a good investment, even though declines in home prices have made purchasing and owning one somewhat more affordable.

Home prices and interest rates are only one consideration, as many found out during the housing market bust. Home ownership is great if are going to settle in the same place for around 10 years and can continue to afford the payments. Unfortunately, these circumstances can be unpredictable.

When deciding to buy or rent a home, financial considerations are important, but lifestyle issues should also be taken into account.

Be sure to consider everything when it comes to homeownership; benefits should be tempered by other considerations. Taking on a mortgage obligates you to live up to the terms of the loan for years, and homes typically require a significant investment in maintenance and occasional improvements. And as far as an investment, there's no guarantee you will be able to sell your property for more than what you paid for it.

Renting is a realistic starting point for most. As your savings grow and your credit score rises, you might be in a position to qualify for a mortgage and make the leap to home ownership. But choosing the right time to buy is important -- you need to feel secure that your sources of income will be there for the long run.

Lifestyle considerations. Personal traits and current life circumstances are other considerations as you assess whether to buy or rent.

Homeowners should be up to the task of maintaining their own property; from lawn work to minor home repairs. It also means being able to pay for professionals to do occasional work, including plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Renters enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle.

Another issue is the need for mobility. Those who are quite certain they can count on their job being in the same area can feel more comfortable making the jump to home ownership, provided they can afford it. Those who expect to be on the move for a job change or educational opportunities in the next three to five years might appreciate the relative mobility they have as a renter.

What's right for you?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to the question of whether you should own or rent your home. A good starting point is to honestly answer questions such as:

Are you comfortable with your current life circumstances and income stability?

Are you disciplined in managing your expenses and paying off debts on a timely basis?

Are you fairly confident you won't be required to move to another city or area in the next five years for personal, work or education purposes?

Interested in renting in Lynchburg, VA? Contact Walden Pond Apartment Homes.

NOLA.com


College Study Tips

Posted: September 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Our apartments in Lynchburg are centrally located to 4 major colleges/universities and the fall semester has just begun.  Here are some study tips to bring back to school with you. And don’t forget to take advantage of the study lounge at Walden Pond Apartments.

Tests and finals are a huge part of college life. Here are some top tips for keeping stress at a minimum:

1. Avoid stressful people.
Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with a –tense or stressed out friend. Their stress will add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for healthy snacks like granola bars, cereal or fruits and veggies which keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long time, eat some protein too. It is definitely important to get some exercise, even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused. When you feel the most overwhelmed is a great time to put it away and go for a short walk.

3. Just say NO.
Say no to the people who want to take up your time or who want to spend time doing the wrong things. There will be a friend who needs to talk, or a party some night when some friends are done with exams before you. Resist these urges.

4. Force yourself to take breaks.
For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 minute break. Relax for 10-15 mins, then start again. This gives your brain some rest and helps keep you focused when you are studying.

5. Visualize it all going right.
Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, picture how relaxed you feel, picture the A on your test paper. Professional athletes and successful business people do it, you should too.

6. If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!
Have confidence when it is time for the test. You have studied and prepared and now you are ready.  

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Perfect Tailgating Recipes

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Our apartments in Lynchburg, VA are centrally located to 4 major colleges and universities and the fall semester has begun. This means you get to enjoy tailgating at home with the NFL, and tailgating in the lot with our college teams.

No game is complete without a little tailgating. Whether you are tailgating indoors or out, chill the beer, put on your favorite team jersey and get some food ideas from the Bleacher Report.

Don't forget that tailgating can never be overdone.

Breakfast- After getting to the stadium early, one must immediately toss a tender rib-eye steak on the grill and prepare to sizzle several double-sized eggs over the top of the meat in preparation of a feast.

Once breakfast is finished, lunch time seems to be quickly approaching.

A selection of sweet and spicy sausages, grilled with oily, and crispy onions and tri-colored peppers.

Easy - For cooking enthusiasts, there is no better method than using the crockpot, as preparation time is limited and waiting time is endless.

On the Friday before the game, combine brown sugar, pepper, onion powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder and cayenne with the pork before refrigerating the mixture for at least eight hours.
 
When ready to cook, rub the pork concoction together with apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and vegetable oil. Then place in the crockpot for up to 10 hours, after which we separate the pork with a fork.

All it will take is 30-40 minutes of reheat time on Sunday, with buns warm and ready to go.

Best burgers - 32 ounces of sirloin, 12 strips of bacon, four large eggs, eight slices of preferred cheese and four Kaiser buns are the ingredients to a heavenly, and life-threatening burger.

After grilling the eggs and bacon in the same pan, toss the succulent (already-grilled) burger on the plate and cover it.

When both buns are thoroughly buttered, toss the burger, cheese-covered eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on them.

Chili - Essentially the easiest dish on this list.

After chopping the meat of choice into cubes and slicing the onions, peppers and cilantro, the chef must toss all the accoutrement into a large pot.

While the canned. strained beans and wide array of spices are expected, there's one ingredient that makes this the luscious production the best ever. Adding a dark beer of choice, such as a porter or stout, will make this one memorable delicacy.

Bleacher Report