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Showing posts with label High School Graduation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label High School Graduation. 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!

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March 25, 2015

High School Graduation is Fast Approaching: Are You Ready for Your Move to College?

It's Spring and all you can think about is the warm weather, spring break, the prom, finals, and high school graduation. With all the excitement buzzing around you, it can be difficult to focus on your impending move to college.

At some point over the next months, many of you will find mom or dad, maybe both, nagging you about preparing for your move to college. Just remember, this is a huge transition for both you and your parents so it is important to handle it appropriately so that you are prepared to be successful at school.

To help you get started, here are 3 tips to make preparing for a move into your college dorm room easier:

Tip 1: Plan Ahead. 

Do not procrastinate! It is important to plan ahead so that you can pace yourself, do a little at a time. For example, you can contact your housing office in advance to find out what to bring to campus on move in day and the dimensions of your dorm room to make shopping and packing for college easier.

Tip 2: Set Aside Time.

Schedule time each week to work with your parents on your move to college. This means no texting or distractions. Focus on what needs to be done during your scheduled time such as going through your room at home, coordinating with your college roommate, shopping for your dorm room supplies, and packing. 

Tip 3: Have Fun. 

Designing and decorating your dorm room should be fun. It is your first place away from home. Use this as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family before leaving for college; make it fun and memorable by decorating your dorm room together.

May 22, 2012

Inexpensive Graduation Party Ideas for High School Grads...

High school graduation day will be one of the most memorable accomplishments of your life so far! After thirteen years of hard work, you deserve to celebrate your big day with friends and family! If you think you can't afford to throw a successful yet inexpensive graduation party... think again! To help plan the perfect celebration, we've provided a few inexpensive graduation party ideas.

Inexpensive Graduation Party Invites

  • If you want to conserve your money, try making your own invitations. You can also use free e-card websites to send out invites such as,, or even create a facebook event. Not only are these at no cost to you, but you will also be able to keep an easy access, organized list of who will be attending your graduation party.

Inexpensive Graduation Party Venues

  • Choosing the right location for your graduation party is dependent on the number of guests on your invite list. If you want to have a more intimate party with just a few close friends and family members, avoid the hassle by going out to eat at one of your favorite restaurants. If you want to invite the majority of your graduating class, you may want to consider hosting the party at your house, free of charge. If weather permits, see if there are any local parks where you would be allowed to host your graduation party.

Inexpensive Graduation Party Decorations

  • Instead of spending countless dollars on expensive, customized decorations, head to your local discount or dollar store or shop online party stores such as to find reasonably priced items to make your party look great. Find napkins, plates, cups, utensils, confetti, streamers, balloons, table cloths, banners, and more in your school colors to make decorating your party easy and affordable. If you want, you can make your own signs, banners, or napkin holders to personalize. Be sure to set up pictures or even a quick slideshow of yourself and your many accomplishments throughout the years!

Inexpensive Graduation Party Foods

  • Finger foods are one of the best graduation party food choices. They are budget friendly, easy to make, and delicious! Make up some chicken wraps, vegetable trays, or chips and dip. Many restaurants offer party trays for a reasonable price as well, so be sure to call around to your favorite local food joints! If your party is located outside, grilling some hamburgers and hotdogs is also a great option. Make sure to have cool beverages available to your party guests by filling up some coolers with plenty of ice and drinks beforehand. If you do not want to purchase or make your own graduation cake, try making some cupcakes in your school colors to celebrate instead!

Inexpensive Graduation Party Activities

  • Music is always a must at graduation parties! Create your own custom playlist, and turn up your iTunes or iHome to celebrate. If you do not have the time to customize your own graduation celebration soundtrack, use websites like Pandora or Spotify to access millions of songs and playlists without all of the effort. Other entertaining options for graduation parties include karaoke or wii games. If your party is outside, make sure to have some recreational activities available such as swimming, volleyball, softball, basketball, horseshoes, or bocce ball.
Remember, a high school graduation party is to celebrate your great accomplishment with friends and family. Using our inexpensive graduation party ideas to create the perfect graduation party will ensure your day is memorable and affordable. This may be one of your last times seeing all of your friends and family together for a while, so be sure to enjoy it!

April 13, 2011

High School Graduates: Always reach for the impossible, make it possible!

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." ~Jimmy Johnson

With your high school graduation fast approaching and a future full of infinite possibilities before you, always remember to reach for what may seem to be impossible… take a chance. Just remember as you embark upon your future, your freshman year of college, that it’s important to believe in yourself, in your vision for yourself! And when nay sayers try to discourage you or make you believe that your dreams are impossible, remember those are usually people who are too afraid to take a chance or who are possibly failing. Just think about all the successes in the world.

Ron Rice, Hawaiian Tropic

Did you know that Ron Rice started Hawaiian Tropic mixing his first batches in a trash can in his garage? Ron has grown Hawaiian Tropic into an internationally recognized brand, with over 125 products distributed around the world.

Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields

Did you know that Debbi Fields, a young mother with no business experience, opened her first cookie store in Palo Alto, California in 1977, Mrs. Fields Cookies? Sound familiar? They told her she was crazy. No business could survive just selling cookies. She walked up and down the street with a plate of cookies asking pedestrians to try them. Her cookies are now sold worldwide, a leader in the industry.

"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it." ~Debbi Fields
John Paul DeJoria, John Paul Mitchell Systems

Did you know that John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems was so short of cash during his business start up that he slept out of his car? He and his business partner Paul Mitchell had $700 between the two of them… just enough to pay their graphic designer for the label on their hair care products. The famous label is black and white because that’s all they could afford. According to Forbes, their sales are estimated to be $900 million annually and Dejoria’s personal worth at $4.2 billion.

Do I even need to go into facebook starting out in a dorm room?  I think we know that story! As you move to campus and settle into your dorm room, just imagine the success stories that started right there.

My point… it’s important in life to have faith, to believe in yourself, to pursue your dreams, to be positive, to be ethical, and respectful of others… in school, at home, and in your future business endeavors. Operating with integrity will always allow you to operate from a position of strength not weakness.

Congratulations on your success! I wish you continued success throughout your life and I hope you reach for the impossible... make it possible!

Live Dorm Smart!

Christi Leslie
Founder & CEO,
Creator of

January 23, 2011

With high school graduation fast approaching, it's the perfect time for seniors to set up a Universal Gift Registry! Get the Dorm411...

By Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of
Creator of

High School Graduation is just around the corner and one of the perks of  graduation... is the gifts! So make the most of the high school graduation gifts you receive while making gift giving easier for your friends and family by setting up a Universal Gift Registry.

What is a Universal Gift Registry?

A Universal Gift Registry allows you to add the gifts you really want from Any Online Store, such as, onto One Ultimate Gift Registry! DormSmart includes a selection of gift registries on their product templates to allow you to choose the best universal graduation gift registry for you, such as Wishpot, Amazon, or KaBoodle.

Bottom line, when you use a universal gift registry for graduation, you only have to manage one registry. Your friends and family only have to look up one registry, browse it, select the graduation gift they want to purchase for you, then just click to be taken to that online store to complete their purchase!

Even better, if you use a universal gift registry, your friends and family can plan your entire graduation party online using then send a link to your registry in your online graduation party invites. You can even use facebook connect! How easy is that?

Let's face it; everyone has enough to do preparing for high school graduation so why not make it a little easier and enjoyable by getting started on your Universal Gift Registry today!

Just another way to live dorm smart!

November 13, 2010

Budget Constraints Keeping You Home Bound Instead of Dorm Bound? Get the Dorm 411…

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of
Creator of

Leaving for college during a tough economy can be challenging for anyone and for some of us, impossible!

Budget Constraints Keeping You Home Bound Instead
of Dorm Bound? Dormify Your Room!
It's a tough economy! So if you find yourself having to live at home with mom and dad instead of on your college campus this term to save money, don’t stress out! Change your mindset! Upgrade your old bedroom to reflect your new college lifestyle and personality, make it your new dorm digs... dormify it! 

As for experiencing your newfound freedom and college lifestyle to the fullest while living at home… talk to your parents and reach a compromise. While you may not be able to stay out all night, your curfew and house rules can be adjusted to reflect your new stage of life. Let’s be honest, staying out all night then attending class will not result in the best grades or keep you healthy anyway.

Just remember when experiencing life changes… it is important for both you and your parents to compromise, be patient with each other, and practice moderation. Given time, both you and your parents can begin to let go and everyone involved will adjust to your new college lifestyle!

Who knows? Maybe next term you’ll be able to head to the dorms! Live Dorm Smart!