College Life Check List
So you're off to freshman orientation - armed with a map of the college campus, your schedule for the semester, and the number of your dorm room. It's a great start for seeking undergraduate degrees, but it's far from all you'll need for your trip to your new home and your semester-long stay in the dorms. Cross all of these items off your list before you depart to ensure your first semester will go smoothly.
- Have your car inspected by a licensed mechanic to make sure it is safe to drive.
- Double-check your spare tire.
- Do you know how to change a tire and your car oil? If not, learn how. Practice doing these things so you'll be able to do them in the future if necessary.
- Make sure you have proof of insurance and a current photo ID with you whenever you get behind the wheel.
- Keep an emergency roadside kit in your trunk for unexpected events.
- Consider purchasing a gas card to use when you're short on cash.
- Visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning before you leave. Have any dental work completed before the first semester begins.
- Call your doctor to schedule a physical if it is required by your school.
- Get a copy of your shot record.
- Pack non-prescription medications. Get a refill on any prescription medications if you are running low.
- Buy a basic first-aid kit for your dorm room.
- Familiarize yourself with the medical insurance coverage offered by your school.
Dorm Room Essentials
- Sheets and blankets
- Towels, large and small
- Floor rug
- Soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, toothpaste, and other toiletries
- A small fridge for snacks, if they are permitted in the dorm
- Plates and cutlery
- Desk lamp
- Garbage can and bags
- Posters, pictures, and other decorations
- Alarm clock
- Radio or CD player
- Computer and printer
- Storage bins
- Plastic food-storage containers
- Cell phone or room phone
- Favorite books
- Small safe or other secure container
- Secret compartment to store keys
- Copy of dorm policies and rules
- Rubber boots, raincoat, and an umbrella for rainy days
- Ice cooler
- Maps to help you find area attractions
- Equipment for your sport of choice
- Several hundred dollars in small bills, an emergency credit card, and a debit card
Tools for Academic Success
- Class schedule and map of the campus
- Pens, highlighters, pencils, paper, binders, and other required school supplies
- Comfortable and strong backpack
- Cart on wheels, to make transporting books easier
- Academic books from high school
- Any term papers from high school you could use as a foundation for college papers
Last Updated: 04/24/2014