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  • The Intern Corner: What To Pack For Freshman Year

    Freshman Preview What to Pack

    The Intern Corner features blog posts with helpful advice from our current marketing intern on campus!

    How does one pack their life away and fit it into a tiny dorm room? Packing is a daunting task but rest assured we are here to help. To ease into this process, it is helpful to start a list and check things off as you go. Here is a list of important things to remember when packing.

    SHOWER FLIP FLOPS First and foremost this is the most essential item of your college career. It sounds so wrong but it is so right. You use a shared bathroom with shared showers so for the love of athlete’s foot, please wear some sort of foot wear when in the bathroom.

    BEDDING- This is essential to making your dorm room homey. The following items can be found at Homegoods, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walmart. Try each place out and see all the selections.

    • Twin XL Comforter: To some people this is an extremely difficult decision. A reversible comforter is an absolute must if your style changes frequently.
    • Twin XL fitted and regular sheets: To match your comforter!
    • Mattress Pad: You may not be the Princess and the Pea but these beds aren’t exactly what makes college so great. It is impossible to have a mattress that meets everyone’s sleeping needs.
    • Pillows: You obviously need a standard pillow for sleeping, maybe even two. Decorative pillows are optional. They can make your room cozier and more inviting.
    • Throw blanket: From studying to movie nights, it is a really nice thing to have.
    • Carpet: This is not an essential item but it can be comforting to have a little carpet next to your bed. There is something special about waking up and putting your feet on something soft.

    CLOTHING- Bring clothes for all 4 seasons! Massachusetts weather can change on a dime and is consistently unpredictable.

    • Robes: Dorm essential, while they seem excessive you will use it all the time.
    • Fraket: Frat-Jacket, a cheap jacket you can wear out that won’t make you sad if it gets lost or stolen (You will also need shoes that serve the same purpose but there is no fun name for that)
    • Socks and Underwear: Bring a lot! If you don’t have time for laundry one week you want to make sure you have enough of the essentials
    • Winter and Rain Boots: See above about weather

    FAN-The dorms are hot when you move in during the summer and the dorms will remain hot throughout the winter months because the temperature it set to Grandma/Sauna all winter long.

    FOOD-Sometimes you are too lazy to go to the dining hall-it is a fact of life. With that being said, have some snacks in your dorm. Ideas include:

    • Easy Mac
    • Single serve soup (you will appreciate this when you are sick!)
    • Snack packs of chips/popcorn
    • Various nuts

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES- Just because you are in college doesn’t mean you don’t need this stuff.

    • Essentials: Pens, pencils (mechanical and wooden), notebooks, scrap paper, calculator, laptop, laptop charger, stapler, glue stick and ruler.
    • Printer: The library does have printers but if you are lazy like every other college student you may want one of your own.

    DECORATIONS-If this doesn’t pertain to you, feel free to skip ahead. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! From cool ways to hang up pictures to creative DIY ideas, Pinterest has everything. Some examples are as follows.

    • Headboard: One of the first friends I met asked if I wanted to make a DIY head board out of card board with her that she found on Pinterest. Hands down coolest thing I have ever made.
    • Pictures: There are so many ways to express yourself using pictures. I used Mod Podge to put my favorite pictures from high school on wooden letters of my initials. Other people tack them on cute cork boards.  You have so many options and there is really no way you can go wrong. Have fun with it and be creative.
    • Furniture: Depending on the size of your room you may be able to fit furniture in it. From a futon to a bean bag chair it is just one more way to make your dorm feel more like a home. I got a fluffy papasan chair from Pier One imports. It was probably the best purchase I have ever made. My friends were obsessed with it and I was always using it to study and just lounge around in.

    MICROFRIDGE-Rent or purchase a MicroFridge through Dean College. Dean Colleges partners with the company College Refrigerators to provide free delivery and pickup for their students. It is already there when you move in and it is one less thing to worry about. Visit their website by clicking here and select Dean College from the menu to start the process!

    CALENDARS- Planning your time is essential in college. There are large desk calendars, weekly planners and you may even have a calendar/planner on your phone. Either way use something to help plan your time.

    SHOWER CADDY-This is what carries all your bathroom essentials. It has your toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, loofa, and so much more.

    We hope you are looking forward to starting here at Dean College in the fall, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival. For more ideas of what to bring and what to leave at home, click here!

    Author: Hallie Menchin

     Hallie - Marketing Intern

    About Hallie: Hallie is a sophomore marketing major studying at the Isenbeg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is interning for the marketing division here at Dean College for the summer. Her passion for blog writing, social media, and graphic design will surely be utilized. This Massachusetts native is excited to learn the ins and outs of Dean College and report right back here!

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