We’re inching closer and closer to my sisters move out date, and it makes me a little sad/nostalgic. I’m still really excited for her though, and I can’t really be that sad because while she is technically moving away, she’ll only be about 45 minutes away from me.
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As I said last week, my roommate and I can really relate on the sisters moving away thing. Her sister is also going to be a college freshman this year, only she’ll be about 6 hours away from our house. The other night, we were talking about how homesick we were the first week or so of college but after that we really started to feel more comfortable. One way to make sure you don’t have a melt-down during your first year of college is to make sure you have all your basic necessities covered. Dorm-wise that is. I really can’t help you too much with the studying thing…
Good Bed Stuffs – You are going to realize you’ve never been so happy to go to sleep after your first finals week, so make sure your bed is comfortable and a place where you want to sleep. Dorm mattresses are not always guaranteed to be comfortable so mattress pads or an egg crate mattress pad can help.
Noise Control – One thing you will quickly realize when living in a dorm or shared space situation is there can be very little room to escape too. If you have a loud roommate, or one that enjoys staying up late, you should invest in some foam earplugs or even noise cancelling headphones. This can also be really helpful if you’re trying to focus on studying.
Storage – You will never have enough storage in a dorm. Typically, you will share a closet space that often measures about 3-5 feet wide, so try purchasing clothes rod doublers to add additional space for clothes. Take advantage of the extra space under the bed as well, roll-away boxes are a great place to store shoes, extra toiletries, and other miscellaneous items.
Build Up – Remember that wall space is often an untapped resource in dorms, find ways to add storage up high with shelves or tall vertical bookcases.
A Personal Touch – Keep away the homesick blues by adding some things from your old room at home such as family photos, a cozy blanket, or other personal items.
What tips and advice have you found really handy for living in a dorm?
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