I’m sure you can feel the excitement and nerves as you prepare to leave for college. As if dealing with the emotions of leaving home and setting off on your own aren’t enough, you also need to be sure you pack everything you need for life in the res hall.
Now, I won’t bore you with the painfully obvious items like hygienic supplies and school supplies because we all (well, most of us) want to smell good and be able to take notes. Rather, I am going to share with you a few essentials that will make survival in the dorm that much easier.
Surge Protectors/Extension Cords/Power Strips: Most rooms only have one or two wall sockets, so extra places to plug electronics in and extensions to reach across the room are always a plus. The power strips will likely be full and surge protectors will help keep the voltage at a safe level. When you leave your room, you can even turn off the power strips to conserve energy!
Hanging Reading Light: Living with a roommate is an exciting and new part of life. However, you don’t want to disturb them with late night homework in your room, so keep a smaller, portable light handy for late night study sessions.
Flip Flops/Shower Shoes: Let’s be honest, community showers aren’t anyone’s favorite part of college. I suggest keeping your feet clean, so they are not directly on the bathroom floor.
Laundry Bag/Clothes Hamper: As a college student, having to pay to do your laundry can be a real pain, so that’s why the laundry piles up, right? Or maybe it’s the hours and hours of studying? Or maybe you’re just lazy? No matter the reason, be sure to have a large knapsack or hamper for your dirty clothes- you’re going to need it.
Command Hooks: A removable hook. So simple, yet so effective. You’ll need a lot of these. These are very handy!
Umbrella/Rain Boots/Rain Coat: I’m sure you have been forewarned of the harsh Ann Arbor winters. But, I’m sure the treachery that is rain has been an afterthought. Walking to class and sitting through lecture soaking wet is second in awfulness only to wet socks. It’s fairly simple- stay dry and don’t get wet socks. These are some of the best purchases I’ve made since coming to college.
Personal Speakers: Nobody likes to listen to music or watch movies with poor sound quality. Speakers are a quick fix and will come in handy more often than you’d think.
Journal/Agenda: This is one of the more important items on this short list. College is a time-consuming and hectic time. Keeping a journal to keep track of class times, due dates, and extracurricular activities will make your college experience operate much more smoothly.
Now that the packing is done, it’s time to move into the dorm and begin your freshman year! Good luck!
Keeping You Informed,