Your College Essentials can be broken down into three basic categories! What to wear, where to live and how to study effectively.
I have covered the “university” uniform in another blog post on my other site! If you are interested in reading more about that you can easily do so right here!
Being comfortable in your clothes is the first and most important thing you can do. Once you are comfortable with that part of your new school year, you can move on to making your space or dorm, the haven you will need.
DORM ROOM ESSENTIALS
Dorm rooms are just that, a place to sleep and study. Each one is little less than a glorified bedroom with a study space. You are going to be spending a lot of time in your dorm room! Between classes, and at other times, your dorm room will be your hideaway from the pressures of studying. Yet, that is what you are in college for, to study.
Let’s focus on how to make your living space more “homey” and make it an enjoyable space to live and study.
Most dorm rooms are equipped with a bed and a desk. There may or may not be carpeting on the floor. Four walls and sometimes a private bath, other times it will be a shared bathroom. These rooms are not very inviting on their own, so it’s up to us to add our personality into that space to make it warm and comfortable.
Let’s start with the floor and work our way up! Most dorm rooms have a very “cold” feel to them. Why? Well, my guess is that it will allow you to add your personality to it, by the additions you make. The floor is the first place your feet will land in the morning. Let’s make it warm and comfortable. A nice rug will make that part of your room so much cozier. There are so many styles to choose from and I have chosen to show you just a few. You can make your own choices or maybe you have a favorite color and that will be the start of your decorating ideas. Maybe wyou just want something fun and different than anything you have ever had at home. Anything is possible and the choice is entirely up to you!
Just remember, dorm room floors can be used for a study or reading space as much as the bed or desk. I personally love to stretch out on my stomach with a good book.
Sleeping and a great place to rest are a MUST HAVE!
Let’s work our way up to the bed. We need a great place to rest. Studying is hard work. A well rested mind will learn much easier than a mind that is distracted and jumping around all over the place. Let’s work on getting a great space to rest! This is a basic College Essential. Comfort and warmth are necessary. This will be your home away from home for a while, it must be comfortable. If you live in a more northern climate, you will need blankets and/or comforters that keep you toasty warm. Snuggle into a great blanket with a good book and your time studying will just fly by.
Colorful and neat patterns make your bed a sanctuary. It’s a place of study, a place of rest and sometimes even a place to share with new friends. Everyone jumping onto the bed to retell the stories of the past week or sharing a pizza after a football game. Cozy bedding makes the room much more your own! Your personality and style will come through with flying colors or muted pastels.
Having all your bedding in one easy to maintain group is a wonderful way to decorate and still have some time left over for other important decisions.
Study Space, another College Essential
While going away to college is an adventure, the ultimate purpose is to increase your knowledge. In order to do that, going to classes are important and doing the assignments even more important. There will be time for new friendships and parties too! Having a good and organized work/study space is imperative. You will feel so much more at ease if you know where your things are when you need them.
What are you going to need?
I’m sure that most colleges have sent out some guidelines for new and returning students. If you are new, then those guidelines will be needed to make some really practical choices. There are some college essentials that are a little more personal and will bring your personality into your new living space.
You will need a desk lamp for those wee hours of the morning when your paper is due and you are still working on it nights. A clock so that there is no chance of missing a class. You will need a computer or tablet because today many classes can be revisited on line. Professors love the use of the internet for many of their assignments as well. When my son went to college, all of his classes were accessed by remote teaching methods. Oh you could still go and talk to your professor, but you made sure that you knew what the questions should be.
With these basics in hand you will find that your first weeks and months of your college years will be fruitful. It will be your home away from home. Time to stretch out your own sense of style and rock your new world.
There will be more in this series of Must Haves that will make your years of college successful and wonderful……..with you being the graduate after all has been accomplished.
Leave me a comment that you would like to know more and I will keep you in the loop. I look forward to hearing from you!