College may be two months away, but those two months will go by fast. Start packing now. Know what you need and what you want.
Most college dorm beds will require students to have TwixXL bed sheets. This is essential to have. Bed sets can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and Wal-mart. From what I have researched, the best value is at Target.
Ethernet cables are also needed in a lot of colleges. This cord can be found at Wal-mart for the best value. I would purchase the longest one to make certain it can be used throughout the room. Of course, students also need an up-to-date computer. Be sure that the computer has at least Word ’03. Most instructors, however, use Word ’07.
Tuition. All college students should have already filled out a FAFSA. Through the FAFSA, the student’s expected college is able to determine the amount of financial need for the student. Within the next month, a package should come in the mail stating how much the student has received in financial aid. The student will then be required to accept or deny the aid, the process can usually be done online. If you did not file a FAFSA or financial aid from the school is not enough, there is still hope. Many scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year’s deadline runs into September. I will advise you to go to fastweb.com. At fastweb.com students can fill out the most detailed profile of themselves from college of choice to major and activities. Fastweb will match the student up with scholarships. Students should then fill out all scholarships accordingly. Schoolsoup.com is also a great way to find scholarships. Both websites are for the sole purpose of helping students find scholarships. Neither guarantees a scholarship will be rewarded.
Know your college. Most of you have already been to visit the college you are attending this fall. Some of you may not have. Others might have visited a few years ago. A lot of colleges are adding majors and doing re-modeling over the summer. Make sure you check out their website and see what the college has been up to. Make sure to print out a map and study it. Knowing the building codes is especially important for class and scheduling purposes. Also, check out the college life section. It is there for a reason; and that reason is to make your college life easier. The section will tell you about Greek life, sports, special events and other great things about college.
Know the city. This is a special need if you are going out-of-state. Get online and find out all that the city has to offer. Get to know the people of the city. I have found that people who get out and know where to go in the city enjoy college a lot more than those who don’t.
Know your roommate(s). When room assignments come in the mail, look up your roommate(s) on social-networking sites or call them. This will help to start a successful year with the person/people you’ll be living with for at least the next year.
Eating Utensils. Most college students do not eat at the cafeteria daily. When having friends over, plates and the likes are going to be needed.
Now that we have gone through the needs, here is a quick list of some of the things students may want.
Television and other media items. Some people can go without a television for nine-months. However, a lot of people have at least a few shows they can’t miss. Ipods/MP3 players are also common wants.
Pictures. Students can spice up their room with personality by adding pictures to the walls and furniture. Make sure to follow hanging guidelines usually found on the housing website of colleges.
Here’s a cool space saving tip. Stack up a couple of storage bens. Then drape a blanket over top of them hiding the bens. Put pictures in frames on top of it. (I learned that from my first roommate).
House Phone. First know the college’s plan regarding local/long distance phone calls. Most people have a cell phone. However, a house phone can be helpful if you are applying for jobs in the city, but your cell-phone is out of state.
Start packing today; enjoy yourself tomorrow. Most importantly, enjoy college. I hope these tips help prepare you for a great college experience.
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