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Showing posts with label College. Show all posts

May 18, 2016

How to Get Through High School Graduation

Somebody told me once that change happens quickly, you can try to manage it, but in today’s world, it is best if you just hold on tight and take the ride!

April is a crazy month for graduating high school seniors. If you are a senior reading this blog, you are probably feeling pulled in many directions right now and a little overwhelmed! Final papers and final exams are probably keeping you up at night as well as the uncertainty of the future such as college selection and acceptance, scholarships, awards… the list goes on and on! And what about those little details such as deciding what to wear for graduation or giving your parents the guest list for your graduation ceremony and graduation party… I think you get the picture.

My point! This is an exciting time in your life. In a few short weeks, it will all come together and you’ll be walking across that platform to receive your hard earned diploma and many decisions will be settled. We’ve all been there!

In the meantime, just take a deep breath and remember to focus on the important tasks and decisions at hand. Remember that both you and your family may be a little overwhelmed right now with this life changing event. You’re preparing to leave home and your family is preparing to let you go! It is a huge life change for everyone! So, while you may not be able to control change, you can make the transition easier for yourself and those close to you. Focus on the decisions and activities that require your undivided attention and allow your family to assist you with the rest. In the end, it will make high school graduation and your move to college a much happier experience and memory for everyone! Enjoy the ride! Live DormSmart!

Already attending college? Help your future underclassmen by sharing your high school graduation experience.

March 31, 2012

Need To Know What To Bring & What NOT To Bring To Your College Campus... Get The Dorm 411!

New Campus Housing Connector Tool From 

Did you know Team DormSmart reviews more than 2000 university and college housing websites annually to stay current with their housing requirements and improve product offerings to students?

It is because DormSmart knows that obtaining housing information directly from your school is the best way to know exactly WHAT TO BRING and WHAT NOT TO BRING into your campus dorm room. The Campus Housing Connector for college bound students is meant to encourage students to check their housing policy and avoid costly shopping mistakes.

So if you find it difficult to locate housing information on your school website and want to avoid costly mistakes, give DormSmart's new tool a try.

Just another way to live Dorm Smart!

August 10, 2011


With campus move in day fast approaching for many college bound students, it’s important to prepare BEFORE leaving for college. Here’s a few quick tips from Team DormSmart to make campus move in day go a little more smoothly…

TIP #1: Shop before Campus Move In Weekend

Campus move in weekend is INSANE! Many colleges have mandatory orientation sessions scheduled for parents and students over move in weekend leaving little time to unpack, let alone shop. It is best to shop for dorm supplies prior to move in weekend and pack them so that they can be easily located and unpacked. Grab  a copy of our Dorm Supplies Checklist to help you prepare and pack.

TIP #2: Check University Housing Regulations

Before shopping, check your university housing regulations for your dorm room. Let’s face it, everyone is feeling the budget crunch so you don’t want to waste money buying non compliant dorm appliances … any dorm supplies that may be considered contraband and confiscated.

TIP #3: Measure Your Dorm Room 

Every inch counts when planning and organizing your dorm room. If you have access and can get actual measurements, be sure to measure the room at the floor level to account for any base moldings or trim; meaning it may not seem like much but floor moldings and trim can take inches off an already small dorm room.

TIP #4: Know What Furniture You Need to Bring

What furniture does your school provide? Are you able to bring your own or required to use theirs?

TIP #5: Know the Shape and Size of Your Dorm Bed Legs

The one recurring problem we hear about from college students at DormSmart… the bed risers they picked up at the discount store don’t fit! If you are planning to raise your dorm bed for additional storage know the size and shape of your dorm bed legs to ensure your bed risers will fit properly.

TIP #6: Count the Outlets

Know how many outlets are in your dorm room so that you can purchase the right amount of surge protector strips with overload protection; make all your electronics work.

TIP #7: Get Ready for Campus Networking 

Don’t forget networking cables! While wireless access generally works in most common areas in your residence hall, many dorm rooms require wired access… at times the signal strength inside your dorm room is just too weak.

TIP #8: Get Familiar with Your Closet Space

Does your dorm room have a closet? If so, check the configuration of your closet. How many closet shelves are there? Measure the distance between shelves to ensure your storage containers will fit easily.

TIP #9: Coordinate with Your Roommate

Some dorm room supplies such as an iron, ironing board, coffeemaker, dorm rug, television, and printer can be shared. Sharing sounds a little scary at first but remember if sharing isn’t working out, you can always bring your own supplies over a break OR have mom and dad bring them over parent weekend. Just remember to make a list of who brought what if you're sharing dorm supplies... you'd be surprised how many roomies forget by the end of the school year!

TIP #10: Pay Attention to the Little Details

You’d be surprised how annoying it can be to overlook a small detail when it comes to dorm living! For example… Do you have a sink in your dorm room? Does it need a plug? Is there a medicine cabinet for toiletries in your dorm room or do you need a storage caddy?

Just a few tips to help you prepare for your dorm move and live dorm smart! Good luck!

August 8, 2011

Dorm Stuff for Guys... College Men Moving to Campus

In our quest to find the most stylish dorm room decor, sometimes it seems like college guys get left behind. At DormSmart, we have many options in dorm  room decor for guys NOT dorm stuff for boys rather a wide selection of quality and stylish products for college men.

Guys Dorm Stuff Top Picks

Pick #1 Dorm Room Trunks

Check out our Rhino Trunks… they are perfect for the guys to take to college to use as storage and extra seating. They come in gender neutral colors including black, navy, red… the perfect storage trunk for the college man.

Pick #2 Twin XL Bedding

We have custom twin XL bedding packages in solid colors such as navy, red, royal blue, green… college guys can even pick two colors to create a reversible twin XL comforter package for those weeks they can’t make it to the dorm laundry.

Pick #3 Dorm Room Wall Decor

Check out our Dry Erase Boards or Fathead Wall Decals to get rid of that institutional look and feel in your dorm room.

Pick #4 Dorm Rugs

We have sports themed and decorative rugs by Milliken. Milliken Rugs are made of durable high performance and colorfast nylon pile fiber. They are antimicrobial, stain resistant, odor resistant, mildew resistant; and include a 5 Year Wear Warranty that is serviced in the USA by Milliken.

Pick #5 Dorm Lighting for Guys

Choose between modern or custom dorm lighting from Lumisource or Lamp In A Box, perfect for the male dorm dweller.

Pick #6 Dorm Shower Supplies for Guys

We have waterproof shower bags in black, navy, green... that won't slime up or mildew. These are the original durable Saltwater Canvas Shower Bags featured in several magazines, including O, with the reinforced handle along the entire back side of the bag.

Odor resistant and antimicrobial bath towels  in solid colors such as black, navy, white...

Pick #7 Dorm Room Storage Solutions

Storage solutions including bed risers, bins and hanging supplies by makers such as Honey Can Do.

Pick #8 Guy Proof Dorm Dishes and Accessories

We have break resistant, microwave reheat safe, and BPA free plastic dorm dishes by Bentley ... definitely GUY PROOF! Our Snackdown Cooking Bundle has everything they need to get started in their dorm room.

Pick #9 Compact Tool Kits

Pick #10 Laundry Supplies

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed just pick up one of our Dorm Room Essentials and Trunk Packages in Twin or Twin XL … just enough dorm stuff for the a college guy!

If you waited until the last minute to do your dorm shopping, be sure to use our free campus direct shipping service (48 Continental US States.).

Just a few options for college guys to live dorm smart!