No—a college degree isn’t a flimsy piece of paper that tells everyone you’re well-learned in a particular field. It’s hard evidence that you have the grit, resourcefulness, and insatiable appetite for fruit snacks needed to survive a college dorm.
But even the bravest of survivalists could benefit from ideas to make the close quarters of their dorm room feel, well, not so close. Which is why we’ve created the following college checklist, so that your child, too, can thrive in an environment where bathrooms are communal and ramen noodles are currency.
Sleep is important, especially for students who have to wake up bright and early to get to the cafeteria in time for breakfast. And since the beds are likely the most prominent pieces in the room, the dorm bedding will set the tone for the rest of the space.
This might be the most necessary tool for dorm room survival. Not only is a laptop essential for studying and note-taking, but also for streaming movies, playing games, checking social media pages, and hopefully emailing home.
A Bluetooth speaker wirelessly connects to a laptop, smartphone, or any other enabled audio source, making it easy to listen to favorite playlists while studying in the student center or enjoying the sunshine in the quad.