Tips for those heading to college for first time

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

Following are some quick tips to make packing and traveling a little less hectic for students going off to college in the next few weeks.

Call your roommate. First, it is a good idea to at least get a feeling for the person you will be living with for the next nine months. Second, it is more practical to divvy up the responsibility for bringing big appliances and electrical equipment, than for both people to be bringing the same things.

Resist the urge to buy everything before getting to school. Chances are your destination will have all the necessities; plus, the less you have to pack, the easier.

Don't hesitate to bring those special pieces of memorabilia that represent who you are and what you have accomplished. Having them will make the transition to life on your own a lot easier.

If you are driving, plan on leaving time for searches at border checks. Allow for unforeseen occurrences. It will be a more enjoyable drive if you can take your time.

If you are flying, take the airlines bag and weight limit seriously. They do. If you don't you, will end up paying extra to get your luggage on the airplane.

If you don't know, ask. No question is too simple. College admissions and residence life staff, as well as older siblings and friends, have done this before. Your concerns are normal and chances are others felt the same way.

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