bedding: Kohls; pillows: Ikea
Storage Ottoman: Target
Lights at night
What I would like to accomplish this semester:
1. Attend at least 5 workout classes
2. Make Dean’s List
3. Attend office hours
4. Work out 3-4 times per week
5. Make a new friend in every class
6. Read a newspaper daily
7. Make a blogpost weekly
It is seriously hard to believe it’s almost time to head back to school. This summer I’ve channeled my crafty side and attempted to make different decorations to use in my dorm or give away as gifts.
Different canvases I made!
I gave away 4/5 of these as grad presents to different seniors I knew going off to college 🙂
I found this old TV stand and decided to make spruce it up a bit!
I purchased this blue spray paint and after sanding the table, I was ready to start painting!
After this picture I used another coat of paint to even it out and then used a finishing spray to coat the table and voila! Done!
3 Drawer Storage Cart
I have a three drawer plastic organizer that I plan to use in my dorm this year.
I hated that the drawers were see through so I spray painted them white, and ta-duh, no longer transparent drawers full of junk 🙂
I printed my monogram and then taped freezer paper over it. I then used an X-Acto knife and made a stencil!
The stencil can be used with fabric on shirts, hats, backpacks… etc.
I found wooden letters at Michaels on sale for only 50 cents! I painted them and added string and made the perfect initials for a dorm wall or door 🙂
That completes my DIY projects this summer. I’m super excited to set everything up in my new room! Pictures of my dorm to come 🙂
I can’t stress this enough! Attitude is absolutely everything. It’s so easy to go creep with Facebook or whatever other forms of social media on your future roomie. It’s really important not to let anything you find to lead you to forming a negative opinion on your roommate before you even meet her.
I’m talking about the weekends. Even if you live 20 minutes from campus you don’t want to be known as that girl who always goes home. By leaving your dorm every weekend you miss out on crucial bonding time with your new friends. The weekends are arguably the most enjoyable part of college, and missing out on that time will not help your college experience.
You have a lot of stuff. It’s super important to have a place for everything. Storage containers and drawer organizers help out so much by keeping all your things where they belong. Find a system of storage that works well with the size and type of your dorm room.
Simple as that. Dorm rooms are small and your style probably won’t drastically change the moment you arrive on campus, so only bring the clothes you know you’ll wear. Same goes for jewelry, shoes, everything basically. Only bring the things you know you will use and need.
Yeah, it’s awkward being the timid freshman knocking on the doors of your new floor mates during welcome week. But trust me, it’s worth it. These people are going to be your neighbors for the next 8 months and getting to know them is key!
As always, good luck! There are always people around to help you with the transition adjusting to life in a dorm room. If you’re having trouble with anything, I’d recommend having a conversation with your RA 🙂
Congrats, you’ve made it! You are embarking on a journey that could very well be the best four years of your life.
Sounds scary and intimidating, right?! But don’t worry, I assure you; you will be just fine. One day your dorm room will feel like home, rather than an unfamiliar, dark room filled with all your new supplies. Let me tell you again… you will be absolutely fine. Your longing for home and familiarity will slowly dwindle and you will be left with a new sense of belonging and a group of good friends.
As with everything else in life, college is what you make of it. Gather up the courage and introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Invite them over to watch a movie or to go eat lunch together. You will be living next to these people for the next 8 months and it’s a great opportunity to build friendships. Find people you will grow to love and trust. Never settle. Not for boys or friends.
** On a completely unrelated note; ”hallcest” – dating within your own hall… Just don’t do it. Take my word on this one, friends.
Go to class. Whether it’s 8am or 7pm, your attendance is important. As much fun as you’re having, remember your classes always come first. The reason you’re in school is for your education. There will be far more Thursday night frat parties than Calc midterms, you aren’t missing out if you stay in a night to study.
You have four years to explore, grow, and build life-long friendships. I envy that you are at the start of this remarkable journey. A lot of people envy you. Whatever you do, don’t waste the opportunity in front of you. Join clubs, try new activities… branch as far out of your comfort zone as you possibly can.
These four years are for you. Not your parents, not your friends, not your high school teacher at home living vicariously through you. Don’t be pressured into your major. Pick something you love, something you know you will succeed in. It really isn’t worth spending your life miserable with a job you hate.
You can do this, my friend. I know you can. You know you can.
1// Don’t jump into a relationship
I’ve heard mixed opinions on this one. For some, maybe it works out. For myself, it definitely held me back. While I was busy spending all my time with the same boy, my friends were having fun and meeting new people at parties, clubs, and wherever else college students spend their weekends. The most important thing to remember is “college is about finding your bridesmaids, not your groom.”
2// GET INVOLVED
We all know our high school resumes are sugar-coated with sports and extra curricular activities to impress college admissions officers. High school counselors are constantly badgering students to be involved. When you arrive at college though, no one there is pushing you to join clubs or try a rec sport. It’s especially important to branch out in college, not only for something to talk about when you apply for jobs, but also to meet people! Start your freshman year.
3// People change
You and your high school bestie always planned to tear up the town together when you finally got to college. But you have to realize and remember that each person is going to be off doing their own thing. I am really lucky I was able to stay super close with my best friend throughout our freshman year. Remember that it’s okay if you go to different schools and suddenly you aren’t as close with the people you once talked to every single day, that’s what happens with time and distance.
4// You might not love your roommate
I originally had 3 roommates and I was really fortunate to have an instant connection with two of them. A lot of people however, aren’t lucky enough to become bffs with their new roomie. The most important thing to be able to live with them. You don’t have to become attached at the hip, as long as you respect each other everything should be alright!
5// It’s okay to be scared…
But it isn’t okay to let fear hold you back! I will never forget my first night of college. I was scared out of my mind and ended up miserable sitting alone in my dorm room. Two of my roommates had decided to go explore our new city while I was scared and decided to stay in. After that I hopped on every opportunity to explore and have fun, even if you’re afraid you shouldn’t let it keep you from trying new things.
6// Take classes seriously
I will admit there is a huge adjustment period that is your first semester of college. Don’t use the change and adjustment as an excuse to put your classes on the back burner. Remember the reason you’re at school is for academics and someone out there is forking out a huge sum of cash for your attendance.
7// College is fun
Try new things! Get out there and experience all it has to offer. I spent most of first semester cuddled up with my hall watching movies Friday and Saturday. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I spent more of the second semester going out and exploring the nightlife with my friends. My suggestion is to find a happy medium of going out and staying in on the weekends.
8// Remember where you came from
It is sooo exciting to be at school and away from home. But whether, you’re 5 minutes or 500 miles from your family, homesickness is okay! No matter how much you’re enjoying your newfound freedom, don’t forget to call home to mom & dad.
Change: Embrace it, accept it, love it; because it is going to be the definition of your freshman year.
If you’ve somehow stumbled across this page, welcome!
My name is Colleen and I am a 19 year old soon-to-be sophomore at The Ohio State University. I’m creating a blog to document my adventures and findings as I experience the remaining best years of my life.
So stick around and make yourself comfortable, it’s about to be a crazy ride.
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