Christmas in Athens!

By Breanna Derricotte, updated December 8, 2020

The holidays are quickly approaching. Although the ideal holiday celebration is said to be with family and friends, many of us won’t be able to travel home to be with relatives. This holiday may not be what we are used to, however there are still some holiday activities that can help create a sense of normalcy in  times we are living in. 

If you are staying in Athens for the holidays, you can still get that family and holiday feel in the Classic City.  A few of the traditional holiday events are still set to take place in Athens over the next few weeks. Light Up Athens, holiday shopping social distancing style, and Christmas tree events are sure to get the holiday spirit moving.

A new tradition that Athens has started is Light Up Athens. This event will take place right in the middle of Downtown Athens on Fridays and Saturdays in December from 6:00-9:00pm.  This event will have activities for the entire family. Some of the activities include a community Christmas tree, holiday character appearances, holiday music, “S’elfie” spots and more. It doesn’t end until December 26th, so you will have plenty of time to check it out!

Are you into crafty homemade goods? Well, there is an outdoor event just for you. This socially distant shopping experience will consist of over 100 independent vendors offering a diverse number of crafts from jewelry, body products, unique housewares, and more. This year has been tough for small business, so this event will help support local business through the holidays. This event will take place from December 12-13th from 10-5pm.It will be held at 660 N Chase street. 

Charity is also important to remember around the holiday time. “Rockin’ Around the Classic City” is a tree auction held on December 13, 2020 at 5:00pm. This event consists of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and auctioned off. The proceeds will go to The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Whether you head downtown to take some selfies with the Christmas tree, or a few of your friends do some Christmas shopping from a small business, you can still get the full holiday experience while staying safe. The link to the website with information about each event is listed below. 

Happy Holidays from the Redland Team!

5 Tips To Be The Best Roommate Ever!

5 Tips To Be The Best Roommate Ever!

By Briceyda Cuadros, updated July 7, 2020

Living with a roommate is great, but it’s not always easy. We’ve been fighting with roommates since we were kids and our roommates were our siblings and parents. But now that you’re an adult, there are plenty of ways to get along better with your roommate, and I’ve got 5 tips for you:

  • Communicate Intentionally & Effectively: Now that you’re in college, you’re expected to act like an adult. So, when there’s a conflict between you and your roommate, be mature and calmly start a conversation about it. Don’t be passive aggressive.
  • Don’t Act Like You Own The Place: It’s as much their apartment as it is yours. Before making big decisions for the place, like moving around the furniture, consult with your roomie first and find a compromise that suits both of your needs.
  • Be Reasonable About Guests: You and your roommate should both be allowed to have guests over, whether just to hang out or to spend the night. To avoid drama, text or talk to your roommate ahead of time to see if he/she is okay with you having guests over. Have your visitors over at a reasonable time, not when he/she is going to bed or studying for a major test.
  • Clean Up After Yourself: Nobody likes to live in a room littered with dirty dishes, overflowing garbage cans, or laundry all over the floor. It’s totally understandable to put off washing your dishes when you have a huge exam the next day, but make sure your mess doesn’t stay there too long. Not only can it be annoying for your roommate, but it’s gross too!
  • Respect Each Other’s Privacy: While it might sound like a no-brainer, don’t borrow your roommate’s stuff without asking! Later on in the semester, you and your roommate might decide to start sharing clothes and food. But until you talk about it, borrowing each other’s stuff is off limits!

Living with other people can be frustrating, yet an amazing experience. You will end up learning a lot about yourself if you approach it with an open-mind. Be considerate and forgiving that people are different, and be flexible for change.