+ Advice about College Life
Y'all I am about to be a senior in college, which means I have had my fair share of decorating dorms and sorority house rooms. Now that I am on my final lap around SMU, I am updating my "Ultimate Dorm Room Packing List" to provide you with new shop-able links and some advice about college life.
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Advice about College Life
This is the time to find or solidify your values, morals, and beliefs. You are going to change more in these four years than any other four years of your life. Try new things, put yourself out there, meet new people.
It is ok say to no. I know I just said to try new things, but don't say yes to something if it makes you uncomfortable or strays from your values.
Eat well overall, but still indulge every now and then. It is all about balance.
Your friend group will change and that is OK!
Friendships should be mutual. If you start making friends and realize you are the only one putting in effort, it is not a good friendship. Find friends who put as much energy into the friendship as you do!
Sororities are great for meeting people, but do not think that it is your only way to meet people.
Join clubs that benefit your social life and your professional life.
Sleep is a much safer friend than coffee.
Call your family back home. When you get homesick, a FaceTime call goes a long way.
Take time for yourself. College is stressful. Life is stressful. Pay attention to your needs and treat yourself before you try to please others.
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What to Pack For College
Mattress pad XL
3’ inch foam mattress cover XL
Clip on reading light
Hanging shoe organizer
Baskets for shoes, toiletries, purses, etc.
Skinny felt hangers
Hanging jewelry storage with clear pockets
Under the Bed
Clear storage drawers/carts
I recommend raising your bed up enough to fit storage carts and the dresser provided by your school underneath your bed
Shower shoes (replace these every few months)
Hand towels (I had a sink in the room so these were helpful for drying my hands)
Three tiered roller cart (holds makeup, hair accessories, and toiletries)
Bar of soap
Drawer liner paper (desks can be worn out or dirty so lay down cute paper before filling drawers with your belongings)
Lined note cards
Portable mini fan
Refrigerator (3.1 cubic feet max)
Desk lamp with LED bulb
Power strip (UL approved with on-off switch)
Small TV (I personally never used a TV, I had Netflix on my computer)
Printer (very helpful to have your own in your room rather than walking to the library to print at midnight)
Cactus or mini plant for fresh oxygen in the room
Full body mirror
Storage cube to sit on, step up onto your bed, and put stuff in
2 Tension rods to hand curtains above windows (this varies depending on amount of windows)
2 Sets of matching curtains
White sticky-tac to hang pictures
Picture hooks (20 lb limit for SMU)
Stand alone air freshener (no plug ins)
Rug (**Shaggy rugs will end up very gross and filled with hair if you’re a girl, buy a rug with a flat weave or short pile that will be easy to vacuum)
Laundry basket with handles
Mini Steamer found at Target or TJ Maxx
Mini Umbrella to fit in backpack
(This is for Texas which has weather ranging from 40 degrees to 110)
*I brought all of my summer clothes with me and brought half my winter clothes with me at Fall Break in October, and the other half at Thanksgiving
Light weight dresses
Rain jacket/Wind breaker with hood
Thick jacket for night
Thick jacket for winter
Anti-itch cream for bug bites
Bug Spray, Essential Oils, or Bug Repellant Bracelets
Fruit, especially berries
Brita filter for water
Hydro flask, Yeti, or Stainless Steel Cup with a lid
Favorite grab n go drink powder (I always had matcha, tea bags, and green tea latte mix from Trader Joe's)
Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear about your college experience. Comment below one of your favorite college memories or something you're excited for when you go off to college.