The time has come to leave the family abode and venture into the world of the college community and dorm rooms. The superficial different will be made evident to you the second you step into a dorm room and you look around. The bare floor and walls, the mediocre chairs, tables and beds will scream of dullness and will beg for a decoration that will make the place seem more alive.
This will be your new home for a while, and you are in charge of making it look like one. So here is a list of the essential things you need to do. Of course, you should start with cleaning the place. At least this is simpler than house cleaning – it is just a single room which does not even require special cleaners.
- Clean sheets, pillows, and other bedding.
Yes, you need your own sheets as even this will not be provided for you in some dorms. And even if it is, you have no idea who has used it and how properly it has been cleaned, so better bring your own. At the very least you will have a clean place to sleep.
- A refrigerator.
If you plan on eating fresh food, then better supply yourself with a small fridge to keep it in. And yes, bring a small one. Your room is barely big enough for you and your bed, and, if you have one, your roommate’s bed and accessories, so you do not need a huge refrigerator taking up even more space which you can use for something useful.
- A dresser.
Check if the room has a dresser or a wardrobe beforehand, and bring one if it does not. Otherwise you will have to keep your clothes in your travel bag, and that is quite the hassle. Most dorms do, though, so you should probably not worry too much about that.
If you are alone in your room, or want to make the most out of your side of the room, then personalize it as much as you can. Make the space your own so that you do not feel like stranger in a foreign room. This is now your room and you need to make the best of it. Follow the example of millions of students and bring along posters, photos, or any sort of art you are into to cover up the boredom of the bare walls. If you plan on repainting after you leave, you can even write or draw something yourself.
- Safe and locks.
There is a hard lesson in life which you should not have to learn in the dorm room. Keep your valuable things safe by keeping them in a safe or under lock and key. There is a variety of people who live in dorms, and not all of them are friendly, so do not risk the safety of your belongings by leaving them lying around or “hidden” in the room. Nothing can be hidden well enough if targeted, so better keep it locked or better yet – on your person.
Such is life in the dorms, so you need to come prepared. But the most important thing you need to remember is: have fun and study hard. This is the freest you will ever be, so make the most of your time.