It’s that time of year. If you weren’t a part of an EOF/EOP, summer enrichment program or summer sports team that requires to live on a college campus for a certain amount of time, first time dormers should prepare themselves for some changes academically, socially and personally. Living on campus brings both change and growth. Not all changes will be good but you may feel better if you dive in thinking positively. Here are some tips for first time dormers:
Check with financial aid: Not having everything squared away with financial aid before moving in can delay your moving. Your wait time can range from a couple of minutes to a couple of days. See if your school does express check in and how to go about that.
Make a list of what you may need at your new home away from home: This is you new home. You should take what you think you’ll need, sheets, covers, clothes, hangers, stuffed animals, cd players etc. For certain items such as toasters and mini fridges among other items, you should check with your school to see what isn’t allowed in dorm rooms.
Get to know the people living on your floor or in your building: You never know who may need and why. Besides, being friendly doesn’t hurt. Your next door neighbor can be your lunch buddy when you walk into that seemingly huge cafeteria or your partner in crime.
Roommate ground rules: You and your roommate(s) should set some ground rules to avoid conflict as much as possible in the future. What items can be taken without permission, what should be asked for at all times, cleaning schedules, bathroom schedules(you get the idea)
Emergency contact list: For safety’s sake, you should have one that you’ll have access to in case of an emergency
Explore your surroundings: You’ll be living in this area for awhile. You should get to know the area. Who knows, you may just want to permanently live here. Knowing your area can be pretty helpful. You’ll know where the closest public transportation is and some of the local attractions.
Thirsty Thursday: If you don’t know what this means, you will soon. Thirsty Thursday is pretty much drinking on Thursdays. There will be dorm room parties, apartment parties and plenty of off campus parties. Word of caution: keep your eye on your drinks and who you are with. In a matter of seconds, a fun party with some drinks can turn disastrous. Keep count of your drinks so you don’t over due it.
Here are a few videos with some more helpful tips.