Go to College Prepared

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 3, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Have you been procrastinating about what to take with you to college?

Most colleges provide a checklist to assist students in their transition to college. But, those are generalizations and everyone has personal preferences as to what they need most–you might want to combine your list with the school’s list. Avoid waiting too long and being in a state of panic the day before you leave home.

Sarah Welch and Alica Rockmore, co-founders of Buttoned Up, a company dedicated to helping people get organized, suggest five simple tips to personalize your college experience:

  • Visualize & Make Checklist-Before going to the store, sketch the floor plan of your room at college. Visualize what you’ll need. There is a lack of storage space in dorm rooms, so think how you’ll organize and keep clutter at a minimum. My suggestion would be containers which fit under the bed, collapsible stacking cubes, and easily installed wall shelving units. I also found Her Campus on Twitter today, in their “dorm shop” were a few useful sale items to help make organizing toiletries easier. Make a good list and check it twice.
  • Plan the Move-If you’re going out of town to college, consider your transportation. Figure out the best way to get your belongings to college. Does your college have an organized dorm move-in? Will parents or siblings be there to help? Will they need hotel reservations? Reservations need to be made well ahead of time because many hotels surrounding colleges fill up with classmate’s family and friends. I’d recommend checking out deals and making reservations quickly before they fill up.
  • Self-Monitoring-This might be the first time you’re responsible for yourself 24/7. If that’s the case, there must be a plan for success. Parents may have served as reminders, but they’re not going to be with you, now you have to step into their shoes. I urge you to use your computer (and another gadget you can program) to mark dates for student loan payments, assignments for classes, and other important commitments. Back it up with a great wall calendar over your desk to ensure you won’t forget. It’s all about taking responsibility for yourself.
  • Discuss the Budget-Talk about money with parents and understand your budget. [I've discussed this in other blogs here and on my Edublog]. Many colleges still allow banks to target college students for credit cards right on campus, a bad practice in my opinion. But the Federal Reserve stepped in with a new law in 2010 for those under the age of 21. I’ve posted the condensed specifics below:

Many complaints ensued when large numbers of college students racked up personal debt after obtaining credit cards on college campuses. The new law states you must have a cosigner now, if you are under 21, to obtain a credit card. If a student defaults on payments, the cosigner then becomes liable to make payments. But, the student’s credit rating will suffer for the default.

Don’t procrastinate, make life easier, go to college prepared and enjoy the adventure.

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