Still in the middle of summer, many students aren’t even thinking about preparing for school. However, for those who will be attending their first year of college next semester or quarter, perhaps there is a lot on their mind. It’s never too early to prepare for a new experience in your life, especially if you’re leaving your hometown. Usually when it comes to preparing for college, we think about the everyday items such as laundry baskets, laptops, notebooks, backpacks, food, money, clothes, etc. Whether you are living on or off campus, having the essential college items is important when moving out to be better prepared for your first time moving out. Here’s to a new era for incoming students this fall. What do incoming freshmen really need besides the basic necessities?
Electronics and technology will be a fundamental necessity for all students, but you don’t need to spend so much on these everyday items. Most of the time, those items are already provided. The only real electronics students’ need is their own laptop and cellphone. Most, if not all colleges provide computer labs where students have access to Internet and printing. Nowadays, many students have smartphones that can also serve as a music device.
When it comes to organizing your dorm room or apartment, you can also spend a lot on unnecessary items. There won’t be too much space for you to bring in your own bed, closets, or dressers. There are a lot of different items on the market today that utilize and maximize the available space given to you. You can find twin beds that have storage underneath so that you can keep you clothes or other items inside. You also have shelf organizers to separate your shoes and clothing from each other all while managing better storage space. Hooks that go over your door can serve as a coat or jacket hanger.
As for safety, health and hygiene, we need to make sure we keep our rooms safe and clean. Make sure you got a first aid kit, hand vacuum, fresheners, wipes and hand sanitizers to keep you and your roommates from getting sick. There’s nothing worse than being sick away from home having to skip class. You’ll get so caught up in school, you’ll realize your room has turned into a dump. Take some time off the day or weekends to clean and reorganize your items. You’ll feel a lot better and less likely to get sick.
Speaking of safety, security is one of the concerns that most college freshmen often forget. You get soaked up in the excitement with meeting new people, a new adventure, that sometimes you have your guard down. You have to remember that although most dorms and apartments are usually safe and secure, you’re still living with hundreds of other strangers in your building. Students often leave their dorm rooms open or don’t bother to lock their doors. That means you have people going in and out, discussing the next exam, borrowing textbooks or just wanting to hang out. All your items are laid out on your bed, desk or floor, its very easy for someone to just take and steal those items. Those items such as your laptop or textbooks are very expensive to replace. A wise idea for students to invest in are safes. A safe is a secure storage that restricts access with the use of a combination or electronic lock. When you’re out hanging with your friends and roommates or going back home for the weekend, a safe is an essential item to have, especially for dorms and apartments.
The ideal safes nowadays that are used for universities, hospitals, hotels and other residential buildings are hotel safes. For a college freshmen and student, the best thing about having a hotel safe is that you’ll be able to keep some extra cash, passports, important college documents, notes, laptops, textbooks, identification and other confidential information without having to worry about your parents sending it to you over the mail. You will have the peace of mind when you’re studying at the library or eating out with some friends. If your roommate invites some friends or people you don’t know, you don’t have to worry about your stuff being stolen. There are so many students that wander around the floors wanting to meet new people and most of the time don’t even lock or close their doors. That’s why having a hotel safe is a necessity for every college freshmen.
We hope this upcoming school year you have fun starting a new chapter in your life. Don’t spoil all the joy and excitement with hassles that could be prevented. Keep an open mind, be adventurous, meet new people and take in new ventures.