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Turning to the page

Updated on July 25, 2016

Starting college is difficult for many incoming freshman, especially when you're moving away from home and what you have known your whole life. There is so much to prepare for and so much you can't prepare for. You have to get all the things you "think" you may need for your dorm, but are disappointed when half the things you brought take up all this space but you don't use it. One thing that may be difficult to prepare for is living with a roommate. Most kids growing up have never shared a room before, so this can be trying. Now, your move in date may be approaching and you either cant stop finding reasons to cry or you're jumping for joy. I personally probably cried at least once a day, over the stupidest things, approaching that big day. You don't know what clothes to bring, if your sheet set is good enough, or if you are forgetting something. To make this transition in life a little smoother I have compiled a list the essentials for your first year and what you should know and do before you move in.

Now, you may have received many emails and letters from your university about what to bring and what not bring. I'm gonna let you in on a little secret, you wont need half the stuff on those lists! I guess you can bring them if you want to but they should not be your focus. Here is a list of the things you most definitely will need for that step in your life:

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blanket/Comforter
  • Storage Containers
  • Hangers
  • School Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Tails
  • Shower Caddy

And of course....

  • Clothing!

Now these are just the basic and most important things. You're gonna need bedding and clothing first and foremost, but there are other things to consider picking up as well, if your University doesn't already supply them:

  • Microwave
  • MiniFridge
  • Television
  • Furniture
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

Now that you have all your dorm essentials it is important to not forget textbooks. Most universities portals will have a way for you to view your required textbooks long before the semester begins. Something I have learned is most colleges go through Barnes and Nobles. Where they are a great store, but they are also highly expensive. Some books will remain the cheapest through you college bookstore but there are some other places you should look before taking that step and spending over $100 on a textbook. There are many sites out there that sell textbooks at cheaper rates and here are just a few:


Not only do these sights let you buy books for cheaper rates they also allow you to come back and sell your books as well!

One thing you'll find out is that many of your classes may rarely touch the textbook. It is important to either wait for the classes to start and hear what your professor says about the importance of these books or even shoot them an email ahead of time. Another thing many incoming students may not realize is that many Universities publish their own version of textbooks making it hard to find outside of your college bookstore. This is due to the book being exclusive to that college so the bookstore will list a different ISBN then the original book. The best way to get around this is to email your teacher asking for the ISBN to the original version. Most college specific books are just shortened versions of the actual thing!

So there you have it some important things you need before turning the page and heading off to college! Good luck and remember to go out and have fun while you're there.


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