This is my first post ever. Geronimo!
One of the biggest rites of passage from high school to college is moving from whatever you have called home. While this may seem like a daunting step, it can be less stressful with a bit of planning.
1. The first thing to get through your mind is that there is no such thing as a perfect dorm. I had all these ideas about how I was going to do some cute decorating and make my little corner of campus absolutely perfect. Sadly there is not enough space in any dorm room for everything you want. Even though I might have just shot down some hopes in dreams, living in the dorms is a good experience. It's always good to eat a slice or two of humble pie occasionally, and dorm life is perfect for that. Small spaces and lack of storage space for all the stuff you don't necessarily need make you decide what is actually need.You get to meet all sorts of really brilliant and amazing people, and at the same time learn that some people will get on your nerves.
2. Make lists of things to pack. Think about what you're really going to need. I can guarantee that you're not going to need your entire boxed set of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" because: A. you will not have the free time to watch all of it, and B. it's on Netflix! Also, you don't need to bring every single t-shirt from high school. Yes, your high school was awesome, but you're at IU now. We are Hoosiers; not a rivaling high schools. I can tell you that you will want a few outlandish, quirky things to decorate with, or use as costume material. Bring your morph suit. Bring your life-sized cardboard cut out of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor to hang on your wall. Bring your Christmas lights to brighten up rainy days. Bring pictures of your friends who have gone separate ways. Basically what you need to take away from my ramblings is this: don't pack stuff you're just going to shove in the back of your closet/modular furniture. It makes moving home (*sob*) even worse than it is.
3. Spend time with your parental units and other siblings. Believe it or not, you are going to miss them, and mom is going to do some crying when she gets home. It's best to wrap things up at home and end on a high note. Oh, and indulge in decent food at home. At first dorm food is like the best thing ever and then soon it all tastes the same.
All you need to know is that Bloomington is going to be like home for the next few years. Taking some preparation to make the transition from home to school will make it all the more enjoyable.
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