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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Heading to college for the first time is an exciting experience for new students. It means starting a new chapter in your life, one in which you live away from your parents for the first time. You’ll be living on your own surrounded by your classmates and likely living with roommates. This requires you to take a lot more into consideration than you normally would when it comes to your living situation. When you’re at home, your parents take care of all your necessities, but once you go to college, you have to take care of important things on your own. This can be both exciting and scary, but the prospect can be a lot less intimidating when you know exactly how to prepare for it. 

When you’re preparing for college, you have to keep in mind all the important aspects of college life. You have your living space to think about, your classes, and the city you will be living in. There are certain things that are needed in a dorm room, and some things that aren’t necessary. Finding out what is and isn’t allowed in your dorm room is imperative for your preparation. You should also find out what your dormitory will be providing so you can make sure that you have what you need. 

If you haven’t packed yet, we can certainly help you figure out what you need to bring. Even if you have packed, there is still a possibility that you may have missed certain things. You don’t want to get to college and realize that you forgot to consider some important things. So if you need help figuring things out, read on for the ultimate college life checklist!

Emotional Preparation

This is the kind of move you should be emotionally prepared for. 

Friends happily hugging each other.
These friends look so happy to see each other. Image courtesy of Happier Human. 

There are a few things you should do to make sure you are emotionally ready to handle college. You need to mentally prepare so that you can make sure you feel emotionally sound while you’re living on campus. 

Spend Time With Your Local Friends

You’re going to miss your friends when you split up and head to different colleges, and it will be a while before you get to see each other again. Make sure that you spend enough time with them before you all head to your new homes for the next few years. Spending time with your high school friends will help you form a few more positive experiences in your town before you head off. It’s a good idea to head off to college when you’re feeling emotionally refreshed and positive about life. Sharing this experience with your friends before leaving can even make you feel even more excited than you already are. Your friends’ excitement will rub off on you and vice versa. This new experience will be more exciting when you share it with people you care about who are going through a similar experience. 

Ask Your Parents About Their College Experiences

You might not be thinking about it, but your parents are likely good sources of information for what college life is like. College life may have been somewhat different when they were there, but they will likely have some valuable advice to give you about how college life works. Getting first hand information from people who have experienced college life is really valuable and can teach you certain things about the experience that you might not find online. 

Find Out What Activities You Can Get Involved In

You don’t want to feel like you’re bored and alone while you’re living on campus for the first time, so it might be necessary to figure out what you can get involved in before you head there. If you arrive on campus unsure of what you can do outside of classes, you can feel a bit anxious about it. You will arrive on campus a lot more self assured if you already have plans in place for the activities you will involve yourself in. 

Find out what different clubs and groups are on campus and learn how you can get involved. Look for different campus groups on social media so you can involve yourself before you even get there. Feeling like you have a community to join before you get on campus will make you feel a lot more comfortable. 

Prepping For Classes

Your classes are the most important part of college life. 

A girl raising her hand in class.
She is completely ready to participate in her classes. Image courtesy of Study Breaks. 

College classes are at a higher level than high school classes, but you don’t have to be intimidated by them. Figuring out what you will need for classes in advance will help you feel more prepared and less worried about potentially not doing well. 

Find Out What Books You Might Need

Figuring out the books you might need before heading to campus will help you feel more comfortable heading to your first class. Coming straight from high school, you might be worried that college classes are going to be immensely more difficult, but just looking through a textbook can calm your fears. 

Not every professor will release the name of the textbooks that you will need far in advance, but searching for college textbooks used for similar courses in the past can be helpful. You can flip through textbooks in bookstores that sell textbooks in your town, or even simpler, flip through them online. Some online book stores offer samples that let you see some parts of whole textbooks. When you’ve learned what your first few classes have in store for you, you can start your classes with confidence. 

Purchase School Supplies

The right school supplies are important to have to help you succeed in your classes. You will need to have just about everything that you used for your past high school classes and possibly more for your upcoming college classes. One of the most important items to have is a laptop. It was not required in high school, but now that you’re going off to college, having a laptop is basically a requirement. There will likely be computers you can use on campus, but it is ideal that you have a portable computer on hand so you can get work done at any place and any time of the day or night. 

A printer is not as necessary as a laptop, but if you want printing to be a lot more convenient for you, having one in your dorm room isn’t a bad idea. You can always print your work in the campus library or computer lab, but depending on your school, it might come with some fees. 

Other supplies you will need are smaller and simpler. You will need notebooks, pens and pencils, folders, highlighters, sticky notes, index cards, and staplers. Note taking will be incredibly important, and having all these items will make note taking really simple and organized. Having all your notes organized and kept together will make it a lot easier to study. If you have trouble getting all your notes together, it will be much harder to study properly before exams. Having a binder is another thing that can keep your notes organized. 

Prepare Your Living Space

This space will be your new home away from home. 

Two twin beds with a TV in a dorm room.
This space has been made perfectly comfortable by the students. Image courtesy of Tribune Review. 

Your dorm room is where you will spend a lot of your time away from classes. You need to make sure that the space is as comfortable as it can be for you. Make sure it suits your style!

Reach Out to Your Future Roommate

When you’re preparing what you will bring to your dorm room, it is best to speak to your roommate about it in advance. You will usually be told who your roommate is going to be some time before you make your way to school. Take advantage of that information and reach out to them so you can coordinate with each other. Some items can be shared, and you will be better off when your room isn’t overcrowded by things that you only need one of. 

A television set is one of those items. You don’t want to have two large TV sets taking up space in a small dorm room. Decide which one of you has the better TV set to bring. Other items that can be shared include microwaves, hot water heaters, coffee makers, and mini fridges. You need to discuss if you are willing to share these items and how you will go about doing it. It will make sharing a small space easier in the long run. 

Bathroom Supplies

You will either share a single bathroom with your roommate, or you will share a communal bathroom with your floormates when you’re living in your dorm. You will need most of the same things for either situation, except if you will be sharing a communal bathroom, you will probably also need a shower caddy. That will make it easy for you to carry everything you need to take with you to the bathroom. 

You will need to bring shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, hair styling equipment, toilet paper, and cotton swabs. You should also bring a bath mat and a shower curtain if you have a private bathroom. Some of those are things that can be shared with your roommates if you choose to. You will also need some items that you won’t need on a regular basis, but will come in handy when certain issues arise. You should bring cold medication, Band-Aids, ibuprofen, and allergy medication. You should have your dorm room fully prepared for any situation that may arise. 

Cleaning Supplies 

Cleaning might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re about to move into your dorm room, but it is a really important aspect of independent living. You won’t need too much to take care of a small dorm room, but there are still a few things you should have. You will need paper towels, a trash can and trash bags, a small broom and dustpan or mini vacuum, and wet wipes. 

You might also need a few kitchen utensils and some dish soap if you plan on eating meals in your dorm room. Napkins, wet wipes, and tissues will also be a good idea to keep in your dorm room. 

Bedroom Set Up

Setting up your bedroom is an important aspect to feeling comfortable at college. You will need pillows, comforters, sheets, and pillow cases. You get to have fun with the coverings you choose to get for your bed. Different blankets and throws can work as décor and as blankets to keep you warm when needed. You will need storage that you can fit under your bed along with other small organizers to keep around your bedroom. You might need a shoe organizer, command hooks, full length mirrors, a rug, and curtains. Make sure to get posters, lights, and other decorations that suit your tastes!

Important Documents 

Before leaving home to head to a new living space, you need to take some important documents with you. You need to bring a debit or credit card, a copy of your birth certificate, a copy of your social security card, your passport, and your license. Any of these documents can be needed for any reason while you’re away from home. It is best to be prepared for anything you might have to deal with. 

Going away to college requires a lot of preparation. There are so many things that you have to bring with you, along with so many things that you will need to leave at home. Let this guide help you figure it out so that this time is a lot less stressful for you!