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Checklist: Preparing for Campus Life

Checklist: Preparing for Campus Life


College life comes with a lot of changes; more responsibility, a rigorous academic schedule and a host of new opportunities. One of the most significant, though, is adjusting to life on campus. Packing up your life and moving into a dorm can be scary, but with this list, your transition to school will be easier.

Talk to Your Roommate before Moving In

Whether you’re moving in with someone you don’t know or are moving in with a friend, it’s important to touch base before move-in day. You’ll need to coordinate who is bringing things like the TV, mini fridge, microwave and other room essentials. If you want to go the extra mile, you can design a room theme with your roommate.

Set Rules

College comes with a lot of change and people adjust differently. It’s important to talk with your roommate and set a few ground rules, including when you want the lights turned out, what passes for acceptable behavior and when you’ll need to occupy the room. It might sound lame, but setting these rules ahead of time will help you avoid friction later in the year.

Buy Comfortable Bedding

If your college hasn’t built luxury dorms, chances are you will be saddled with a rectangular room with a bed that has an uncomfortable mattress. Don’t fear: There is a plethora of great bedding options out there. Memory foam mattress toppers, comfortable sheets, a nice comforter and blankets for colder months will take your bed from drab to fab.

Stock up on Snacks

Although college cafeterias offer many different options, you’ll still need some food in your dorm room. When you’re studying at 2 a.m. and craving a snack, microwaveable macaroni and cheese will hit the spot. Plus, your campus cafeteria might not be open 24 hours a day.

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