Last year, going to college was this huge ordeal full of emotions such as excitement, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. Fortunately, this year going back to college as a sophomore I am full of emotions such as happiness, impatience, and that same excitement. I am living in the Towers this year and I am thrilled! So I asked myself, “What do I need this year that I didn’t have before?” (besides air conditioning!) I thought I’d list some tips I’ve discovered along the way to make preparation for move-in day run smoothly.
1. Pack light. I live in Illinois, so this is the second time I will be making the drive out to Delaware for move-in day. You don’t need to bring everything with you! Keep in mind your parents can ship you things you don’t need immediately. Trust me, you won’t be needing your North Face in Delaware for a while!
2. Utilize what you have at home. A great way to save money is to bring things from home to your new home! I am bringing some pillows, blankets, and art I used to have in my room. I also bought frames from Target for 4.99 and made collages of pictures of my friends and my summer to hang as art, this is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your room!
3. Buy the “essentials” there! There is a Costco not too far from campus. Ask your parents to stock you up on the basics such as tissues, paper towels, and trash bags once you get there. You want to save as much room as possible for the things you really need from home, the rest can wait.
4. Christmas lights. This is rather random, but christmas lights are an awesome and easy way to not buy lamps for your whole apartment/dorm room and also illuminate large spaces easily!
5. Dress appropriately! It get’s hot in Delaware in August and especially if you are living in Dickinson then sadly you won’t have an air conditioning. I am working at Arrival Survival this year to help freshman move in and I plan it to be boiling hot. Make sure you plan on having water and comfortable shoes on.
6. If you have a hand truck, bring it! Those things are amazing for hauling up drawers, boxes, and other large items. My parents will agree these things are helpful!
Hope some of these tips helped you prepare for move-in day and please ask questions if you have any! Can’t wait to be back in Delaware!