Is it that time of year already? I feel like summer break just started. Welp, here we go!
This post is the first in my first annual “Back to School” series. For the next few weeks I’ll be sure to give you tips and tricks on how to survive and be successful in the upcoming semesters.
First of all, congratulations on completing your first huge milestone in your life by graduating high school and welcome to the post-secondary world. These next four years are going to be some of the most challenging, exciting, and adventurous times yet. (You’ve probably heard that a million times since graduation but its true!) However, it starts with your first year in college. This year is the most important year as it sets the tone for the rest of your college career. Luckily for you, I just completed a pretty successful freshman year in college so I can give you a bit of advice on the ins and outs of college from my experience.
So, let’s begin with tip and hacks for dorm life! This, for obvious reasons, is one of the most talked about topics in college. Here a few tips on how to make the most of your dorm life experience.
- CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN – It’s very important that you and your roommate communicate on a solid and consistent cleaning schedule. No one wants to live in a junky room. A clean room, is a clean mind cleared for healthy studying. (whoa, I sound like a parent.)
- LAUNDRY – I suggest doing laundry if not twice a week, once every week. This will help to keep your room smelling fresh and free of any smelly agents. If you’re fortunate to have a laundry room on every floor of your dorm then this doesn’t apply to you. BUT, if you live in a dormitory that only has one laundry room for the whole building, I suggest you wash your clothes at odds times where it’d be free of traffic. I usually washed my clothes on Tuesdays during my 3-hour lunch break. At this time, others are usually in class so all the washers and dryers should be free. If that doesn’t work, try this; if you are one to study in your dorm, try washing late at night while you’re doing your studying. Kill two birds with one stone!
- PACKING – Unfortunately, it’s not realistic to pack up your entire wardrobe and move it all to college. Listen, I tried this and it didn’t work. When I was packing for college, I just knew I was gon’ wear all these cute outfits so I packed just about every thread in my closet. Not only did I run out of closet space, but I also ended up wearing basically the same outfit every day; a t-shirt, sweatpants/joggers, and tennis shoes. With all the late night studying that’s inevitable, you’re not going to be able to be a stunna every single day. BUT, in case you are extra motivated on looking like you stepped out of a magazine everyday then your best bet is to scope out exactly how much room you have for extra storage. I suggest using plastic storage bins and taking advantage of under-bed storage. The bins were easy to pack up and move and store in my dorm. MAJOR KEY.
- DECOR – This is another hot topic in dorm life. Most people go crazy on Pinterest or at Michael’s and buy all these extravagant decorations to put up in your room. (me included) But honestly, doing to much is just going to make your room look cluttered and it’s another thing you’d have to clean on a consistent basis (you ain’t gon’ have time for all that). Your room isn’t as big as you’re imagining and you should remember that you’re sharing the space with another person (in most cases). I suggest getting a few decorations to avoid over decorating. Maybe a tapestry, a few pics of your friends and family here and there. Also, choose a calming/minimalistic color palette for your bedding etc. Colors like blues, grays, and earth tones are very calming. You don’t want anything to bright because your dorm should be somewhere you chill. College is crazy chaotic and you’ll need a calm place among the fast paced lifestyle.
Share this with your fellow freshmen class! Let me know below if any of these tips help you. If you’re reading this and you’ve already gone through freshmen, leave a comment below with other tips for dorm life!
I also attached a playlist of YouTube videos/Content Creators and my Pinterest Board to help with college dorm life décor, vlogs, and tips!
From one millennial to another,