College freshman gives advice on dorm essentials
You’ve spent the months since graduating from high school preparing for that moment – moving into college day.
Even after talking with friends, listening to advice from older siblings, and watching dorm tours on TikTok, you’ll arrive on campus realizing you forgot something.
Jake McPhail, a Southington resident and sophomore at Trinity College, said the most important thing is to bring a fan.
“Specifically, Vornado fans are the best,” McPhail said.
Samantha Orisini, a freshman at Quinnipiac University, also stressed the importance of a fan. Using space wisely is also key, she added.
“Under the bed storage is definitely something you’ll want and need,” she said.
“Risers are great for extra space and storage,” said Sarah McAullife, who is entering her sophomore year at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She also recommends felt boxes for storage as they can be folded up when not in use.
“My dorm last year only had two outlets, so you need tons of extension cords,” McAullife added.
Another essential is a second set of sheets.
“College washing machines are often too small to hold both your weekly load and your sheets,” said Esme Levine, a third-year student at Trinity College.
Often sheets come in a cloth bag, perfect for storing other items like jewelry.
Another essential item is a mattress topper. Mattress toppers, paired with a mattress topper, add an extra layer to often-thin dorm mattresses.
“It’s important to get a good night’s sleep so you can perform at your best,” said Jacqueline Carbone, a fourth-year student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Carbone also stressed the importance of giving the dorms a sense of “comfort”.
“Plants are great because adding greenery to the room brings a lot of life to a boring looking room,” Carbone says.
Remembering the essentials is key to starting a semester. Although the transition can be difficult, having items that make you feel comfortable and at home can make a big difference.
Sammi Bray is a freshman at Trinity College in Hartford. She is studying public policy and law, with a minor in rhetoric, writing, and media studies. She has been working as a freelancer for the Record-Journal since June. You can contact her at [email protected].