College 101

College. It kind of hits you like a brick. You’re enjoying your summer, and then you realize, it’s less than a month until you move in. WHAT??! But don’t worry, I got you.

First step: Having a cute dorm.

Your dorm is your sanctuary. It’s wear you can relax, breathe, hangout, and do your own thing.

Do Number One:  Get room decor…but not too much of it.

Everyone wants a Tumblr-esque room. But, your room can look so cute with precisely chosen decor and pieces that you already have at home. You don’t need to go out and buy brand new wall art every time you move in. Printing out quotes and framing them, putting pictures up in your room with fairy lights, and using blankets and throws to decorate your room allows you to achieve a great room at minimal cost. DIY room decor is also very doable and here’s one below that I just did:

I had a stack of Teen Vogue magazines sitting in my room which I needed to get rid off because they were collecting dust. Instead of immediately recycling them, I went through each of them and cut out images and words that inspired me. I then glued all the images on a canvas I had lying around. The collage turned out so cute and I can’t wait to hang it in my dorm now!

You can also use tons of websites, like Dormify, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods, and TJMaxx to find inexpensive and versatile dorm pieces. Having a dorm that you love will make going to your new home that much better!

Second Step: Dress for success.

Do Number Two: Bring versatile and limited clothing to college.

Don’t pack up your whole wardrobe from home and transfer it to your dorm room. You’re soon going to realize you don’t have enough space in your small closet to store your stuff and that you don’t even want to wear half of the clothes you brought.

Do Bring:

Sweatshirts

Athletic shorts

Leggings

Casual t-shirts

Few nice dresses/skirts

Couple professional outfits

Jeans/shorts

Shoes that go with many outfits

Don’t bring:

Too many fancy tops

Several heels

Several jackets

A lot of jewelry

If you love playing with your style, then definitely bring a range of clothes! However, bringing limited clothing that’s versatile will definitely be enough.

Check out TJMaxx, Target, Macy’s, Forever 21, and H&M for inexpensive and trendy clothing pieces.

Third Step: Be selective.

Do Number Three: Don’t bring everything with you to college. You will regret it. Especially during move-out day.

It’s safe to say I brought quite a bit of stuff to college, whether it was room decor, school supplies or clothes. Bring room decor that can last for a few years, clothing that you can wear in different ways, and not an entire collection of school notebooks. You’re probably going to use your computer for most assignment anyways. Target, Walmart, Home Goods, and Staples have some of the best supplies and planners.

College is such a fun, exciting, and different experience! Being prepared will definitely help you get back into the swing of things.

You’re going to have an amazing time in college no matter what you bring, wear or do. I’m looking forward to sophomore year and can’t wait to share my experiences with you:)

xo, Ritika

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