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Preparations! - March 17th 2014, 08:22 PM

Sorry for having two threads up here, but this is a different question!

What sort of things should I bring with me when I go to college? For dorms, classes, whichever. I want to make sure I'm prepared, both for studying and for living at college.

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Re: Preparations! - March 17th 2014, 08:48 PM

Hey Dez,
I can't really say how much clothing and such you'll be needing because I don't dorm. But I do know that things like mini fridge, TV, iron etc you can discuss it with your roommate and decide between the two of you so you don't both end up bringing the same things. Also, notebooks and pens as usual but for textbooks and stuff like that you'll find out from your professor when it's closer to the first day of class. You might want to just have the money ready to purchase it but no need to start buying books from now.

edit: oh if you like you can get things like sticky notes, highlighters, different colored pens
Freshman also usually have to come a week before to campus so you guys have orientation, so during that time you can look around in the college's bookstore but it might be expensive. If you and your roommate(s) is willing, you guys can chip in and get things in bulks from online or someplace else so that it's cheaper.
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Re: Preparations! - March 17th 2014, 10:15 PM

For dorms, try to find out what will be included in the suite and individual rooms. For example, the suite's living room came with a couch and two chairs, as well as some end tables, so everyone in the suite had to discuss who was going to bring a TV, DVD player, etc. My individual room came with a bed/mattress, night stand, dresser, desk/chair, and a teeny-tiny closet, so I knew I would need to bring a number of things but could leave other things at home (e.g., since it was such a small closet, I didn't bring many things that needed to be hung up). Things were different during my second year... our suite came with a full-sized kitchen, so many of us ditched our mini-fridges and microwaves.

For classes, I would wait until you have the syllabus in your hand before purchasing any books. The curriculum can change from semester/quarter to semester/quarter. You can certainly buy the books in your university's bookstore, BUT you may be better off shopping online. Amazon actually has a great trade-in program, so once you're done with your books, you can get some of your money back (assuming you won't need those books for future reference). You can also get e-books, but if you're the type who likes to highlight/write notes, or if you'll have open-book exams, then you may want to get a hard copy.

A lot of things will be explained during orientation, and you'll probably receive checklists of things to have for your dorm room (and generally for campus life). If you will be attending a university that's close to home, you can always plan on packing enough things for 1-2 weeks, then getting the rest of your things when you go home for a weekend. That's what I ended up doing, since I only lived about 45 minutes from home. =P

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