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College Freshman Advice

COLLEGE FRESHMAN ADVICE

The goal for this bit of college freshman advice, is to provide some helpful tips on making college an easier transition. College can be an intimidating place, when you are clueless.

 Remember that college is not high school. In high school, you may have been the smartest and best looking student in your class. In college, you’ll find that there will always be someone faster, prettier, and smarter than you. Take college classes seriously and stay humble.  When meeting your roommate or fellow classmates, try not to be too full of yourself.

Before classes begin, go looking for your classrooms. On a planner, which is a must-have when staying on top of assignments and test, write all of your class information. If you get a syllabus before classes begins, write all of the assignments, quizzes, and test dates in your planner. Remember, everything is subject to change so have some type of “white-out” product handy. Great for making changes to your planner.

When it comes to textbooks, before schools starts, email your professors to ask if you can use a later edition of the required textbook. You may find that some won’t mind. You just have to ask. Buying the earlier edition will save you lots of money.  Check out Amazon.com and see how much you will be saving.  If you don’t hear back for them, generally the professors will tell you if they will require you to purchase the required book. Many times they don’t because they will provide all of the important information in their lectures.

Think about sitting in the first couple of rows in class. Ask your professors questions before or after class. If you are not understanding your assignment, make use of your professor’s office hours and write that information somewhere in your planner.

Make sure to save all of your assignments on either Dropbox or Google Docs. You won’t have to be afraid of misplacing or losing your thumbdrive ever again. With Dropbox or Google Docs, you can upload your assignment on to your colleges web application (i.e., Blackboard or Campus Portal ) or you can print your assignment from any computer.

Getting aquainted with the people in your class is extremely important and helpful.  If one of you forgets their textbook, you can share and since you already have already introduced yourselves, it won’t be awkward. This is true about sharing notes too. You never know when you’ll miss class. Also, before a test, you can ask them if they want to get together to study. Many colleges have study rooms in their libraries. Some are for one person and others are for alarger group of people. You just have to reserve the room at the front desk.

College is filled with a diverse class of people. Many come from different parts of the world. Don’t shy away from getting to them. You’ll find that people from other parts of the world or country, have some very interesting conversations, ideas, and points of view. Afterall, everyone’s environments and experiences are not the same. When you interact with other groups of people, you become a well-rounded person. Your eyes will see the world differently.

In summary, take college seriously; find your classrooms ahead of time; write your class information in a planner; don’t buy your textbooks before you know whether or not they are required; if you have questioons, visit your professor during office hours; use Dropbox or Google Docs for saving your assignments; and finally, get to know your classmates and a don’t be afraid of getting to know a deverse group of people.

 

 

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Essential College Dorm Room Items

ESSENTIAL COLLEGE DORM ROOM ITEMS

Many colleges and universities, require freshman to live on campus during their first year. In my own personal experience however, I lived on campus all four years of my undergraduate college life. To be specific, I lived in four different dorm halls; with eight different roommates (one at a time)! Having lived four years in a college dorm room, I am able to recommend some essential college dorm room items for you to bring.

DORM ROOM APPROVED APPLIANCES

Before purchasing any dorm room appliances, call your residence hall or look at their website. Check to see if there are any dorm room restrictions on appliances and other items. For example, many colleges will not allow George Forman grills, halogen lamps, or hot plates in dorm rooms. Some items pose safety issues, so it’s just a good idea to follow the rules.  Don’t bring any unapproved items. When in doubt, always check. In the long run, it will save you time and money.

LESS IS MORE

Here’s another useful piece of advice, “Travel light!” Your dorm room space will be small and confined so choose your clothing and shoes carefully. Comfortable shoes are a must, depending on the size of your college, your classes may be located far apart. Consider purchasing plastic bin organizers for your closet or for under your bed. Organizers are an essential dorm room item for keeping your room uncluttered. When it comes to clothing use common sense, if it’s winter, take appropriate clothing. If it rains a lot, bring rain shoes and an umbrella. Don’t take every shoe or piece of clothing that you own. Learn to coordinate a few clothing items in your wardrobe.

DON’T BRING VALUABLES

Whatever you do, do not take expensive items or jewlery to school. You are just asking for trouble. Even if you know your roommate, you don’t always know the people that are invited into your room when you are away. Consider purchasing a safe box for your room. It is a great item for keeping your values, such as credit cards, money, or passport from being stolen.

TO HAVE OR NOT TO HAVE

Many people will suggest that you call your future roommates.  To introduce yourself and to discuss what appliances you will each agree to bring, so that you won’t have two of everything.  I will speak to you through my own college experiences and I say, “Bring your own appliances.”  What happens if your roommate decides to drop out of school or decides to move into another dorm? As I mentioned earlier, I spent four years living in a college dorm room and was glad that I had my own microwave, mini refrigerator, and tv.  Roommates came and went; I never had to go without any appliances.

CHECK LIST

I listed some of the most essential college dorm room items below. However, I did not list the more obvious items for you to bring, such as, makeup or hair supplies.  As I mentioned earlier, before making any purchases, check with your college/university for approved appliances.

ESSENTIAL COLLEGE DORM ROOM ITEMS CHECK LIST

APPLIANCES– Check with your Residence Hall

*Coffee Maker
*Microwave (Bowls, Cups, Plates, silverware, Water bottle)
*Mini Refrigerator

BEDDING

*Comforter
*Mattress protector
*pillow
*Sheets
*Throw blanket

ELECTRONICS

*Headphones
*Laptop
*Portable Batter Charger
*Television

ROOM ESSENTIALS

*Alarm Clock
*Decoration
*Desk Lamp
*Fan
*Hangers
*Laundry Basket
*Over the door mirror
*Organizational bins
*Safe (protect your valuables)
*Small Television
*Surge Protector Strip
*Trash Can

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

*Backpack
*Binders & Loose Leaf paper
*Calendar (desk and wall)
*Calculator
*Folders
*Graph paper
*Highlighters
*Index cards
*Notebooks
*Paper clips
*Planner
*Pens
*Pencils (Refill & Sharpener)
*Scissors
*Sticky Notes
*Stapler and Staples
*White-Out Strip

SHOWER

*Shower shoes
*Shower caddy
*Towels – Body/Facial
*Toilettries

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Dorm Room Makeovers

DORM ROOM MAKEOVERS

Dorm room makeovers are easy when you get great ideas. Sometimes it’s difficult to image all of the ways you can decorate your dorm room. Especially when you haven’t yet seen the layout or size of the room. Before moving into your dorm room, you can begin your purchases with the appliances (that are allowec), bedding, electronics,and shower items. Generally, dorm room beds are Twin XL (extra long) but always make sure to check with your residence hall. Better safe than sorry. Whatever you do, purchase a mattress protector. You might not have a clue where that bed has been or who has been on that bed.

When adding another piece of furinture, such as a bench for extra seating, take measurements of the space where it’s going to be placed. The last thing you want, is to bring a bulky piece of furniture to your extra small dorm room. You might end up with a very upset roommate.  So this is probably the best time to get a hold of your future roommate and ask what they are bringing to avoid future conflicts.

Dorm room walls are painted some type of white color. Nailing things to the wall are a no no. Make sure to bring Command (or similar product) no-damage hooks or strips, to avoid damaging the walls.  The right product can make it easier for you to hang anything from light weight tapestries to wire photo displays.  Anything that will make your room a little homier and comfortable.

Watch “Dorm Décor & Essentials – IKEA Home Tour.”  You can get great visual ideas about how you too, can decorate your room. Amazon.com has a wide selection of IKEA products. So click the link below to get started today.  

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