By Brendon Johnson ’16, edited by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
Aug. 21, 2013 – The countdown is dwindling, reading single digits between now and the day that Champlain College’s Class of 2017 moves to campus and begins orientation. On August 23, over 600 first-year students will be moving into their designated residence halls, and with all that chaos, you don’t want to let anything slip between the cracks. If you haven’t already begun packing, you may want to start now.
When packing for college, a general rule of thumb should be ‘how practical will this item be’ versus how much space will it take up or whether or not you will actually use it. In a recent mailing you should have received Champlain’s list of what to pack, but there are a handful of other things you should definitely consider squeezing into your boxes when packing. There are also a few not-so-practical things that you may want to leave home.
Here’s a list from experienced Champlain College students of what they wish they knew moving into school last year:
Vitamins – Bring vitamins such as a multivitamin or a probiotic. Your diet will most likely not be the same as it was when you were home, so having vitamins such as a multivitamin or a probiotic might prevent you from getting sick at some point in the semester. Also, if you have been known to have SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, bring some vitamin D3, which is recommended to combat SAD.
Important Documents – Make sure you pack things like ID’s, your social security card, and a copy of your birth certificate. If you want to get a job on or off campus during the semester, you will be required to present two forms of ID. Also, if you plan to venture to Montreal or beyond in the upcoming months, don’t forget your passport.
Cords and Wires – Pack all of the essential wires, cords, surge strips, and cable you need for all of your electronics. Forgetting something like a laptop charger is not a good way to start your semester. If you are living in a residence hall, make sure not to bring extension cords or splitters for the outlets; anything marked as a fire hazard is not permitted for use by Public Safety and the local fire marshal. In the case that you do require certain cables, you may be able to borrow them from ChampSupport’s help desk, found in Rowell Annex behind Rowell and Bankus Halls, or ask around.
Business Attire – Adding one or two formal outfits to your wardrobe when you pack is a good idea. While at Champlain you are bound to be invited to a formal event or have a job interview and a new outfit could be costly.
Earplugs – Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones could be a very sound investment to make before coming to Champlain. They come in handy if you have a noisy hall-mate when you are trying to sleep or if you just need a quiet study space.
Printer – There are pros and cons to having your own printer at college. Although they seem like a great deal around this time of year, sometimes even coming as a free gift with a laptop purchase, Champlain students suggest not lugging your printer to campus right away. Not only are printers unreliable and bulky, but also replacing ink cartridges is expensive. Champlain offers free printing, scanning and copying in multiple locations on campus such as the Miller Information Commons and various computer labs. And who knows, your roommate might have one and then you’re dealing with…
Duplicates – Make sure to talk with your roommates about who is bringing each large, big-ticket item, such as a mini-fridge or television. Having multiple of these items in your room is unnecessary and will fill up your floor space very quickly. Also consider sharing items such as irons and ironing boards, and one person may purchase an area rug, and another some curtains.
Large Stereos – To avoid getting documented for a noise violation, forming enemies with your hall-mates, and to save some space, upperclassmen suggest not bringing your large sound-system with you to your new home. Champlain College abides to the City of Burlington’s sound ordinances that go into affect at 11 p.m. on weeknights. I assure you that you will be okay just playing audio from your computer, or finding a high-quality speaker system that could fit in your pocket.
Extra Furniture – Bringing large pieces of furniture into your room will end in heartbreak. Champlain provides you with the necessary furniture: a Twin XL bed, dresser, desk and desk chair, and a closet or armoire that provides plenty storage space. In most cases you have not seen the size or layout of your room, so you may be surprised that extra furniture may not fit. Also, by the end of the year, it is a pain to remove once you’ve accumulated more stuff. If you do have extra room and are in need of more seating or storage, I recommend ReStore on Pine Street, where you can find affordable used furniture that is all sanitized to eliminate the risk of bedbugs. Do not bring in furniture off the street.
Large Collections – Your giant collections of books, movies, records, knick-knacks, or valuables should definitely be left at home. These will take up a lot of space, are at risk of being damaged or stolen, and between classes and on-campus activities they will collect a lot of dust. Try to narrow it down to your favorite ten or so, get a CD/DVD binder for your favorite music and movies, or invest in shared Netflix account with your roommates. We can’t all have a spacious room with built-in shelves full of records and DJ equipment like Beca from Pitch Perfect!
Here’s a list of 13 tricked-out dorm rooms via Buzzfeed that may provide some inspiration for decorating in the upcoming weeks: http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/fifththirdbank/13-tricked-out-dorms-thatll-awaken-your-inner-decorator Moving into college isn’t all stressful; one of the most fun parts of settling into college is decorating your room with your roommates over the course of the semester and making it speak for your personality. It takes time to get settled though, so be patient.
Best wishes while packing, and safe travels to everyone. See you soon!
For more information on Move-In, visit http://www.champlain.edu/current-students/residential-life/residential-life/move-in-information-and-tips