Going back to school is both stressful and exciting. Students are preparing for another semester of challenging classes and fun times with friends. Parents are preparing to say good-bye to their children for several months, and are naturally concerned that their student will have everything they need to succeed while away from home, both academically and in everyday necessities. Here are some things to remember while getting ready to head back to school.
Every student is going to need a variety of clothing. They should definitely bring comfortable clothes, such as jeans, t shirts, hoodies, and sweats for studying and lounging around the dorms on a Sunday afternoon. If the student participates in Greek life, this is a great way to incorporate some fraternity letters into the wardrobe. Hats are also important for those who may like to play sports or just like the style. There should also be at least one or two nicer outfits with ties so the students are prepared should they need to attend a formal event for the school, fraternity, or job interview.
Most students buy their textbooks after classes have begun, but there are a few items they should bring from home. Most campus bookstores mark up prices on notebooks, binders, pens, and other necessities, so it may be better to bring enough from home. A sturdy bag or backpack to carry your books to and from class is also helpful. Most schools also expect students to bring laptops, and some students will prefer to have their own printers rather than worry about going to and from a student computer center.
Many students want to hang at least a few items on their walls to help make their rooms or apartments feel more like home. Fraternity flags, pictures, and posters are easy to use accessories that will do the job well.
Students will also need towels for showering. If they are marked with the appropriate Greek letters, they may be easier to tell apart from those of other roommates. Of course, make sure to pack all the necessities for laundry, including a hamper, soap, dryer sheets, and a bag to bring clothes back and forth to the laundry room. If they are coffee drinkers, they should bring along mugs (another great place to show their Greek life loyalty) and a small coffee maker. Many students also like bringing afghans and other items for staying comfortable those long nights before finals.
It can be difficult to remember everything that is needed when getting ready for a semester away from home. Making a list of the necessary items can go a long way in reducing stress and helping to get ready for this semesters adventure.