Have you just completed four rigorous years of high school and are heading off to the college or university of your choice in the fall? Congratulations to you on all of your hard work. High school graduation is an exciting time filled numerous events and celebrations. Starting your college career is filled with excitement, trepidation and no doubt a case of nerves. If your plans are to move into a dormitory, chances are this will be the first time you’re living on your own. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with decisions, follow these basic recommendations from the college experts to ensure the launch of your freshman semesters is a huge success.
Take the opportunity during the summer to connect with your assigned roommate. Reach out through social media or be so bod as to pick up the phone. If distance allows, arrange to meet. This will take the pressure off everyone’s nerves during move in day. Determine who will bring which shared items for the dormitory. Check with university housing department to see if there are any restrictions on which electronics or plug ins can be brought to the dorm room.
Begin the process of registering for classes. More than likely you will have been assigned an advisor to help with your course selection. Heed their advice. After registration, order the books and materials outlined in the class syllabus. Check with your advisor on any specific laptop or software requirements called for by the university or your department. You’ll want to have all of these items secured well before the start of classes.
Dorm rooms are small. Keep your packing list to a minimum. Invest in a trunk that can be used for transport, storage and as a table in your dorm room. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and snag an It Cosmetics coupon to stock up on necessary moisturizers and toiletries. You’ll most likely be returning home over the holidays, so it won’t be necessary to take every piece of clothing you own.
Finally, reach out to your professors the first week of classes during office hours. You’ll appreciate having a rapport with them should you be in need of additional assistance outside the classroom. Time management is one of the biggest challenges for most incoming freshmen. While there is a never ending list of activities and events on campus, make it your priority to schedule at least three hours each day to master your coursework. That is, after all, why you are there!