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Showing posts with label College Checklists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label College Checklists. Show all posts

April 27, 2018

College Checklists Make Your Move-in Weekend Easier

Using College Checklists to Plan and Organize Move-in WeekendCollege checklists for planning and organizing your move to campus are everywhere. Some checklists provide first year students with good advice and some with not so good advice. 

For example, those advising you wait to shop until move-in weekend or during the first week of classes are not doing you any favors because it's an insanely busy time.

Why use a checklist for your move to campus? 

College Move-in Weekend = 2 days

Yes, it’s typically two fun-filled hot and sometimes rainy days of:
  • arriving on a crowded campus
  • finding a place to park and obtaining a permit for the weekend
  • picking up the keys to and inspecting your dorm room
  • completing the required orientation for your residence hall
  • getting your mailbox
  • getting your student id card
  • registering your bike or vehicle
  • moving your belongings into your dorm room
  • unpacking and organizing your dorm room
  • possibly waiting for your microfridge to be delivered if you have a rental
  • picking up your text books
  • confirming your class schedule and locating your classes
Did we mention that there are mandatory activities for you and your family? What if you have an audition, practice, or planned school activity?

Last Minute Shopping = Frustration

It's back to school shopping season for students of all ages so if you procrastinate, be prepared for:
  • wasted time locating and driving to stores near campus
  • limited or picked-over selection
  • long checkout lines

Tools Like Checklists = Easier Move to College

Move-in weekend is a busy time for students, family members, and colleges so it's best to use tools such as college checklists to plan, shop, and organize your move before the semester begins.

Good luck at college and always shop and live dorm smart! ♡

July 3, 2017

When Shopping for College, Shop for You!

When shopping for college, remember articles such as this one and tools like our Dorm Room Checklist, are just there for students to use as a general guide of what they may or may not want to bring on campus. Ultimately, it's about you!

For example, some schools actually accept electronic submissions of assignments or offer electronic printing services so you may not need a printer. But if your school requires a hard copy or if you are someone who procrastinates, like my daughter, having a printer in your dorm room may be safer than walking across campus in the middle of the night to print an assignment. Also, some schools charge for printing services and do not offer color options.

For students who do not care about ironing their clothes, forget ironing supplies. But for those of you who like a crease or participate in business or military related student activities that may require one, then bring ironing supplies to campus if policy permits. Just make sure the iron is UL listed and features 3-way auto shutoff, in case it's left on or gets knocked over. Because there is really no need for two irons and ironing boards to take up space in a dorm room, be sure to coordinate with your roommate. As for students who favor steamers, like irons, they too have heating elements; so, if you bring one to campus with you, just make sure it is a UL listed appliance that auto shuts off and is school approved. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to forego using the commercial dryers at the campus laundry to de-wrinkle your clothes. It can become a costly and energy consuming habit.

For those students who enjoy watching television and movies on their laptop or tablet, you just saved a little more space in your college dorm room. However, for those of you who do not enjoy the experience or use your electronics for other activities while watching the television, like many of us, it is fine to bring one with you as long as it is dorm room size.

At the end of the day, it’s your dorm room and you have to live in it. This is your home away from home and you should be able to bring whatever style of bedding, necessities, electronics, or school approved appliances to help you transition to and be successful at college. So get what you need, get organized, hit the books, and enjoy the ride.

As always, remember to check and respect your campus housing policies before shopping and packing for college and live dorm smart!