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$aving For Success

Saving Money 101 for the folks who need it

As college students, money is constantly on our minds. We have the freedom and responsibilities of an adult, yet we don’t have the steady income adults haveThat’s why it’s important that every dollar that comes our way is spent wisely!

Here are some habits you can pick up now that will add up in savings:

Make The Little Things Count

Remember those loose quarters on your table that are just collecting dust? Well this tip will put them to good use! Create a jar with a specific goal written on the top. Put all of your loose change inside of the jar, and you’ll be surprised by how much it can add up to. Save for something meaningful, and you will be more encouraged to see your jar fill up.

Turn these into a trip to Europe!

 

Start a Side Hustle

Now, I know this option may not be for everyone. If you’re not sure that you can balance between a job and school, remember that doing better in school now will have an exponentially higher payout in the long run over a small job that ruins your grades.

But for those who have the time, having a side hustle can be a great asset. There are places on campus, like Student Stores, that are always hiring. On campus jobs are also a great way to meet friends! If having a stereotypical job doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are plenty of opportunities to make money anywhere- even from your bed. Skills like a second language are always in demand, and always need tutors. Sometimes a quick search on Google is all you need to finding your way into some extra cash.

Pro tip: Make sure the job is legitimate before you take it.

Budget 

Nowadays, budgeting is way easier than saving a bunch of old receipts. There are a ton of different apps available to help you, whether you want to see where your paycheck is going or if you have a specific budget goal. If apps aren’t really your thing, a reliable excel spreadsheet will do just fine. In my budgeting experience, the effort alone has made me realize just how valuable every dollar is.

Explore 

Sometimes the best deals aren’t found on the internet. Chapel Hill caters to college students, so be on the lookout for places that give student discounts. There are a lot of events held on campus that give out free food and swag, so be sure to check out those places too. If you need transportation, the transit system in Chapel Hill is arguably the best in North Carolina- and is way cheaper than taking an Uber.

Use your resources, because good deals are all around you!

Whether you’re returning to UNC or starting your first year, learning how to effectively save money will help you through any financial difficulties that may come your way. It pays to be financially smart!

To Meal Plan or Not to Meal Plan…THAT is the question!

Pros and Cons for the Biggest Decision of Your Life

College comes with so many responsibilities. Registering for classes, picking out textbooks, bus routes…it’s overwhelming! But let’s cut to the chase. We know what’s really on everyone’s mind. Say it with me: FOOD!!

Your source of food should be your number one priority (after housing of course). Deciding whether or not to get a meal plan may seem like an easy choice, but there are actually many factors to consider. Lucky for all of you, I am going to list out some pros and cons so you can ultimately make the best decision for you and your late night munchies.

Meal Plan

Pros

  1. Convenient as Heck

    If we’re being honest, getting a meal plan is the most convenient choice. You don’t have to worry about cooking or where to go: If you’re in a hurry you can just drop in and eat from the variety of choices CDS has cooked up for you in Lenoir or Chase Dining Hall. Not to mention Lenoir is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the academic buildings. Not feeling the dining hall? Some meal plans even offer FLEX which you can use for meals from the bottom of Lenoir that include Chik-Fil-A, Subway, and other goodies. BLESS.

  2. Friend Hack

    Forget the frat. Dining halls is where it’s at. This is the place to be with your friends.  I’m not even joking. Almost half the school eats in the dining halls, so you are bound to meet some pretty cool peeps and make those long lasting friendships. Sit down, grab a burrito, and bond over your love of food!

  3. Theme Nights

    Chase Dining Hall is notorious for throwing some mad bashes and theme nights with extra special food. Yes, chocolate fountain, I’m looking at you. These are exclusive to students with meal plans, so if you don’t have one, sorry not sorry, but that means more for me!

  4. All You Can Eat

    Meal plans are especially good for you kids who have insatiable hunger. One meal swipe can get you all the food you want: pizza, noodles, salads, dessert, etc. CDS even offers the unlimited block plan which means you can swipe in however many times your little heart desires!

Cons

  1. Empty pockets?

    Depending on your situation, meal plans can be a little expensive, especially if you have really specific dietary restrictions. (CDS does always offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options as well other things, but it is does mean you have less to choose from.)

  2. Surplus Meals

    Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we can severely overestimate what block plan we need. At the end of the semester, you can be sure you’ll find students going to Facebook offering to swipe people in with their left over swipes. If you get a meal plan, make sure to commit to it because we don’t get roll-over meals!

  3. Not available? Out of luck!

    Dining Halls are only open at scheduled times. Not only does this mean it is always crowded during regular dining hours (which means long lines!), but it also means that if you have a class during that time, you might not get to go eat until later. However, CDS does offer reusable take out containers if you have time for a quick stop-by!

  4. Freshman 15

    I will say, an all you can eat buffet everyday tends to add some pounds. Not a big deal if you don’t mind, but if you’re looking to avoid extra weight, it’s going to be a little hard to resist the Rams Head Cookies.

No Meal Plan

Pros

  1. Learn to Cook

    There are plenty of kitchens in every residence hall so impress your shawty with your “adulting” skills. ‘Nuff said.

  2. Make it Rain

    By only spending as much as you eat, you might have some leftover change to treat yo’self. Franklin Street has some great options! If nothing else, it will teach you valuable budgeting skills.

  3. Eat When You Want

    Without dining hall hours holding you back, you can eat when you want as long as you have the materials.

Cons

  1. Mac, Ramen, and Chips . . . OH MY!

    Without a meal plan, it’s easy to rely on microwaveables like ramen that are not particularly good for you. If you can’t commit to cooking healthy, you’re probably better off with a meal plan.

  2. Where is Harris Teeter?

    Shopping for groceries can be a pain if you don’t have a car. The only nearby stores are CVS and Walgreen’s and they’re not exactly known for their fresh veggies. You can always get to Harris Teeter by a few buses, but sometimes it’s just easier to go into a dining hall if you don’t have the time.

  3. Missing Out

    Like I mentioned before, dining halls have a lot of people. By choosing not to get a meal plan, you’re making it just *that* much harder to find your family in the big sea of people that is UNC.

Both options have their merit. Consider each situation. If you can put in the effort, not having a meal plan can be rewarding, especially when you wow your friends with your chef skills. However, if you’re not an ace in the kitchen and don’t have time for that ish, stick with a meal plan.

Pro Tip: CDS offers the option for a trial period. Gauge yourself out. If you decide that it’s for you, go for the meal plan. If not, you can always change your mind! Your tummy will thank you. 🙂

Check it out @ http://dining.unc.edu/

Home Sweet Home?

They say college is a new beginning. Where you’re finally free to live a life away from your parents and play it by your own rules.

But after about a month or two you start missing those home cooked meals, the soft hum of the downstairs TV playing Monday night football as you fall asleep and free laundry.

Trust me, I’m tearing up as I type.

But lucky you, here are 10 things to make your dorm feel more like home sweet home.

 

  1. Area Rug

The first thing you need to cop is an area rug. Trust me, this will transform the feng shui of your room just like that (snaps fingers). And plus, if you have a lofted bed and aren’t lucky enough to afford a futon, a rug is a great in-between.

So, grab a fluffy pillow and a blanket and make something shake. This is the one I have: https://www.target.com/p/shag-rug-room-essentials-153/-/A-14685371#preselect=16606665

  1. Standing Lamp

All dorms have the standard top light that is so yellow it hurts, and if you share a room it’s over for studying after 11. However, the soft incandescence of a standing lamp gives your room a comfy vibe and enough light to study amongst a sleeping roommate. And plus it’s excellent for catching that highlight in late night turnup selfies.

This one has storage space: https://www.target.com/p/shelf-floor-lamp-with-shade-threshold-153/-/A-51184919#preselect=15401197

  1. Homey Scent

They say that smell links us the closest to memories, more so than any other sense. And this is nothing but facts. So, grab a couple of Glade and Airwick plugins that give you that homey feel. So basically, anything pumpkin spice.

  1. Comfy Blankets

Personally I don’t like getting under my covers if I haven’t showered. I know I’m weird. But, have no fear, a huge and comfy blanket adds to the homey feel and also keeps you warm during those daily 3 hour naps. Yes I take 3 hour naps and so will you.

A plain Jane comforter separate from the one you use at night works just as well. I honestly like it better, it’s cheaper and softer.

The 3-hour-nap blanket: https://www.target.com/p/microplush-bed-blanket-threshold-153/-/A-50950586?lnk=rec|adaptpdph1|related_prods_vv|adaptpdph1|50950586|0

The comfy comforter: https://www.target.com/p/solid-brushed-polyester-duvet-cover-set-room-essentials-153/-/A-14292318#preselect=16907449

  1. Body Pillow (Accent Pillows)

This is an essential for a good night’s rest. Lay that sucker around you and you’ll check out in, tops, 5 minutes. Also, big accent pillows with your favorite colors and designs add to the homey vibes.

Home Goods and TJ Maxx has this department down pact and for the low low.

  1. Mood Board

This is a DIY project that adds so much to a room. Just gather pictures of your hopes, dreams and future Mercedes Benz.

Or you could do a “put you in the mood” board, by cutting out or drawing things that put you in a certain mood or take you back to a certain time (i.e a collage of 90’s Hip Hop and R&B vibes, because I grew up on Destiny’s Child and Sade).

Just stick them on a pinboard and hang it up. This will immediately add color to those bland walls and give your guest a taste of what makes you, you. Also, photos of friends and family always add a homey touch.

  1. Books

For some reason the look and smell of books automatically say home. So bring your favorite books and stack them haphazardly around your room for a more cultured look and to feel more at home.

  1. Fairy Lights

This is a great way to set the mood for late night talks with friends or random movie nights. String these dainty lights along your walls and around your bed posts for a starry night.

  1. Candle Warmer

This is a great alternative for candles. It gives you the same warmth without the hazard.

This one has a nice aesthetic: https://www.target.com/p/decorative-warmer-mason-jar-ador-174/-/A-17457590

  1. Record Player

Now if you ballin’ like a bigshot, a record player is a nice addition to a room and is a sure fire way to make you a housing hit. Just pick out albums that remind you of home and play those suckers on repeat for endless nostalgia.

I say Anita Baker is a good first pick. You’ll thank me later: https://www.target.com/p/crosley-cruiser-portable-turntable/-/A-14451376#preselect=13978424

Although these things still don’t make the laundry free, a comfy piece or two always helps with the homesickness. But don’t worry too much, UNC quickly becomes your home away from home.

 

-Joy

If you try these pieces out share them with us on our social media, we want to see! And if you want more ideas, check out our Pinterest.

First Year Experience Halls At A Glance

Dear Baby Heels (a.k.a. Newly Admitted Students):

First of all, let me just extend a great, warm welcome to you by saying CONGRATS ON BECOMING AN OFFICIAL TAR HEEL! This place freaking rocks, honestly, and we can’t wait for y’all to join us here on campus. But before you can join us, you have to sign up for on-campus housing by May 15!

I know what you’re thinking at this point.

“But… But I don’t know where I want to live! What are my options? What’s the difference between all the halls? I am #stressed. Please help me, a wee lamb just trying to make it to Chapel Hill in one piece!”

I was there once, too. We all were. But fear not! We’re here for you.

Below is a list of all the halls available to First Years for the 2017-2018 school year, what they offer, and what current students in those halls love about where they live!

Hinton James
Hinton James, affectionately known as HoJo, is the biggest First Year hall (with 10 whole floors!), making it a very social place. HoJo is coed and has 8-person suites with window AC units. It’s on South Campus and is super close to the Dean Dome.

“My favorite thing about HoJo is the energy and positive vibes. Coming home from Davis and walking into loud upbeat music playing in the lobby puts me in a good mood!” –Elysia Ruiz

“[My favorite thing about living in HoJo is] the view and sitting on the balcony. I also love the lively and diverse community of people.” –Shodeah Kelly 

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Crying the Carolina Way

An incomplete list of the times Carolina brings on the waterworks

UNC has made us all cry at some point. And if it hasn’t made you yet, it will. Be it tears of joy, pain, laughter, anxiety, awe, or anything in between, we have all let a tear or two (or hundred) fall for Carolina.

While it’s true I’m a sensitive soul who cries at least once a day for any number of silly reasons, I don’t think you have to have the same emotional muddle of a mind I do in order to experience the many overwhelming feelings that come with being a Tar Heel.

There are just some things that resonate deep within all our Carolina souls and hit us straight in the Tar Feels—and we can’t help but cry.

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Notes from a Large-Scale Housing Veteran

A blaring siren cuts through the darkness of the room. I roll over and cover myself with my pillow, pretending this isn’t happening. Not now, not today… A sigh comes from beneath my lofted bed. My roommate grumbles as he slips into his Nike slides. I reluctantly sloth down from my mattress padded palace as he open our door. Light from the suite hallway floods our faces, causing me to squint. The obnoxious alarm, which I thought couldn’t get any worse, is now twice as loud and accompanied by strobing emergency lights. I pass by my half-awake suitemates and exit onto the hall balcony.

All ten stories of Morrison are up out of their beds.
Everyone is up. And everyone is angry.

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5 Campus Support Resources Every Tar Heel Should Know

Hey Carolina Fam,

While we love being here for y’all by making goofs of ourselves, chatting it up when you stop at our table in during orientation, and organizing giveaways to stuff your cribs, we’re also well aware that things aren’t always sunshine and unicorn farts.

Life happens, and sometimes it can get a little tough. So as true family, just know that we are always ready and prepared to get you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Here are five (of the many, many, many) ways we’ve always got your back:

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The Ultimate Carolina Housing Bucket List

50 Things You Have To Do While You Live on Campus

Bored at home after another unforgettable year at Carolina? Or maybe you just can’t wait to experience your first year on campus? Keep reading to fix some of the summer blues, and plan the exciting year ahead! Unfortunately, your time living on campus can’t last forever. Make the most of your on-campus years by completing everything on this list. I promise, you’ll have the time of your life doing it. And if you do, don’t forget to snap a few pictures and send them in so we can post them on our social media accounts!

  1. Stargaze in Kenan Stadium. You won’t always be walking distance from this legendary football stadium. Take your significant other (aka your roommate) and soak in a beautiful Chapel Hill night.
  2. Sled down Skipper Bowles on a snow day. Grab your best friends and anything with a smooth, slippery surface for what’s sure to be the best 10 seconds of your day. Extra points if you use a DPS traffic block (you didn’t hear it from us).
  3. Hang a hammock on Ehringhaus lawn. Study, nap, play the guitar – whatever you want, and relax – you’ve earned it.
  4. Have a picnic on the quad. Nothing screams college more than picnicking in front of Wilson Library on a sunny day.
  5. Go to a free CUAB movie at the Union. Be smart – embrace the life of broke college student.
  6. Join every club you like at Fallfest. And then unsubscribe from almost all the listservs. It is important to find what you’re actually interested in, but tha
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    Students in one of many UNC clubs

    t doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give Quidditch a chance.

  7. Create or join an intramural team. You don’t have to win to have fun… but those intramural champion t-shirts are pretty cool.
  8. Get an on-campus job. Sometimes having money is nice, and this way you get to stay on-campus and meet some awesome other students (shoutout campus rec).
  9. Go to a group fitness class at the SRC or Rams Head. Try something new like Zumba and get your workout in. Don’t forget to show off your moves somewhere next Saturday night too.
  10. Pull an all-nighter. Don’t be afraid to wear your pajamas in the UL at 4 am, as Zac Efron said, “we’re all in this together”.
  11. Get a 100% on an exam. Good luck with this one.
  12. Collect as much free stuff as possible at Fallfest. College motto: If it’s free, take it. Do I wear my XXL UNC Women’s Rugby Shirt? No. Do I regret getting it? Definitely not.
  13. Play racquetball at Fetzer Gym. Need a fun date idea? Impress that girl from your Bio 101 class with your new LFIT skills.
  14. Take a selfie with Carol Folt. Our chancellor is infamous for her selfies with students, and it’s sure to get you maximum likes on Instagram.
  15. Follow UNC Housing on social media. Shameless plug, but you won’t regret it – I’ve heard they’re hilarious.
  16. Rush Franklin when we beat Dook this year – or win the Natty. Don’t be that person that walks, run like your life depends on it.
  17. Host a Cinco de Mayo party in your dorm. If you’re done with exams, celebrate/mourn the end of the semester with your suitemates.
  18. Order in with your roommate. Have some roomie bonding time by ordering something from Takeout Central and watching a movie together. Even if you hate each other now, you’re gonna miss this person when you don’t see them everyday
  19. Sneak onto a roof. Any roof, anytime, 
  20. Go to TEDxUNC. Learn something new and have fun doing it.
  21. Jog around campus. One of the best ways to explore campus is jogging through it. Chances are you’ll run into that hot boy from your 8 am and show him how #fit you are.
  22. Go to the Sunset Serenade. This is my favorite Week of Welcome event. Watching all the acapella groups sing is a great way to start fall semester.
  23. Take lots of pictures. You’ll want to remember these years.
  24. And occasionally, don’t take any pictures. Sometimes you need to just put down your phone and live in the moment.nywhere, just do it.
  25. Attend a Varsity sporting event that’s not football or basketball. I don’t know about you but I’ve heard the rowing team’s home race is pretty lit. #ROWHEELS
  26. Paint your face and get in the front row for a football game. People say we’re not a football school, but did we go undefeated at home this year? Oh yeah, we did, didn’t we?!
  27. Drink from the Old Well on FDOC. I must be doing it wrong because for some reason I don’t have a 4.0 gpa.
  28. Go to YOPO. Go to Yopo a lot… like a lot. And try the Oreo.
  29. Take pictures in front of the Old Well with your squad on a snow day. Or a sunny day, or on a cloudy day… or just any day.
  30. Link arms with strangers at the end of a Basketball game in the Dean Dome to sing ‘Hark the Sound’. It’s always a magical moment, especially when we win, which is most of the time.

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    A game at the Dean Dome
  31. Binge watch Game of Thrones. Take advantage of the free HBO GO while you can. I’m not telling you to procrastinate studying for your upcoming midterm, but…
  32. Watch a basketball game from the risers. Worth the wait. 
  33. Sit in the arboretum. A beautiful hidden campus gem; meditate, do yoga, picnic, or make out on a hidden bench, the possibilities are endless.
  34. Go to Late Night at Rams. Especially when they have turkey burgers, or when Say is making omelettes, or just go every night.
  35. Go to Late Night at Lenoir during exams. It’s like late night met an awkward middle school dance – and there’s candy… lots of
    candy.
  36. People watch in the Pit. Watch Gary the Pit Preacher while you run into approximately everyone you’ve ever met.
  37. Visit the Outdoor Recreation Center. A short walk from south campus, you won’t regret exploring everything this underutilized resource has to offer. From glowstick ziplining to high ropes courses there are plenty of ways to bond with all your new friends.
  38. Ride the full P2P route. One night that you don’t go out, grab your friends and ride the whole thing. If you go on a Saturday night you’re sure to be fully entertained… just avoid the guy that looks like he’s about to puke.
  39. Go to RHA’s silent disco. It’s your own private dance party with thousands of your closest friends. Get there early to get a free t-shirt because #freestuff.
  40. Run the stairs at Kenan Stadium. Get a peep into the life of
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    The Davie Poplar Bench

    a student-athlete, and then go get a large Yopo after.

  41. Sit on the Davie Poplar Bench with your significant other. Who knows, I’ve heard lots of stories about married couples that met during undergrad at UNC.
  42. Climb the climbing wall at the Rec Center. Utilize this cool place while you live just a few minutes away, and get a cool insta at the same time.
  43. Walk across campus in the morning as the sun is rising. You only get a few years to live on the most beautiful campus in the country, make sure you take the time to appreciate it.
  44. Go to $1 hot dog day at the Bosh. A 2 min walk from Ehaus and Avery Baseball, hot dogs, and the Tar Heels. #MERICA

    Boshamer Stadium
    Boshamer Stadium
  45. Join a random group of people playing soccer on Ehringhaus fields. Chances are they’ll be happy to let you join, and if not, slowly walk away and avoid eye contact.
  46. Make a walk of shame… from Davis to the UL at 2 am. We’ve all been there, and at least you won’t be doing it in heels.
  47. Visit Gimghoul Castle. Go explore this haunted building at night, but don’t forget your flashlight.
  48. Nap on a couch at Graham Memorial on a rainy day. Don’t even try to study on one of these overstuffed couches, you will fall asleep within 3 minutes flat.
  49. Watch the streakers in the library during exams. Or be a streaker – that’s a personal preference.
  50. Be thankful every single day that you live in the best place on earth.  It’s always a GDTBATH.

    The Old Well
    The Old Well

Don’t forget to email me pictures of all your adventures next year – jessschm@live.unc.edu!

-Jess

Meet The Bloggers: Luke Gaines

Hi, my name is Luke Gaines and I am Carolina Housing’s summer’s video production intern! You’ll be seeing a lot of videos about tips and tricks for things relating to living on campus this summer. If you have any comments or questions you would like answered, feel free to give me a shoutout on our Twitter, Instagram, or through an E-mail!

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Hometown: Asheville, NC
Year: Junior
Major: Communications (Media Production)
Where I’ve Lived On Campus: Hinton James, Morrison
Campus Involvement: Executive Producer for Carolina Film Association
Email: luxtegan@live.unc.edu
Let me start off by saying that living on campus is a crucial part of the illusive Carolina Experience. My experience living on campus can be summed up in a single word, and that word is family. UNC is a big school, and it keeps on getting larger with each new class. It can be intimidating moving to a place full of strangers, and for some it can be overwhelming. However, I am 100% certain that living on campus is the easiest way to become immersed in everything Carolina has to offer.  Living in the dorms puts you in close proximity to friends, class, dinning halls, libraries, you name it! I can attest to the fact that residential housing made me love this campus and all the people that are a part of it.
On the day my random roommate and I chose our freshman year dorm, I did not know anything about campus. My online efforts rendered maps of a place I had never seen before and pictures of dorms that all looked the same. Similar to the process of throwing a dart blindfolded, we randomly picked Hinton James, the largest dorm on campus. Although I thought I would have perfered a small dorm at the time, it turned out to be one of the best happy-accident moments of my life. It was in Hinton James (natively referred to as HoJo) that I developed lasting friendships in a suite on the 8th floor. It was there that I learned how to serve a volleyball, where I had my first cram mesh for a final, and my first time setting fire to a microwave.
My point being, college is full of ups and downs, of successes and failures. The best way to power through these next 4 years is with others. I would not be where I am today without the support of my friends from on-campus housing, and I can assure you that you will meet someone in your dorm that years from now you can’t imagine living without.
Your blogger,
Luke Gaines

To Bring or Not To Bring

The aisles of Target are stacked high with plastic storage bins and laundry baskets. Your mom drags you to Bed Bath & Beyond for the third time with a checklist longer than the walk from Hinton James to Franklin Street. Yep…college shopping season has arrived.

Getting everything you need before move-in day can be overwhelming. You have the basics (twin XL sheets, microfridge, alarm clock), but some things you don’t realize you need until you arrive on campus. When you’re loading up your parents’ minivan, make sure you have these 10 often overlooked items!

1. Umbrella: Chapel Hill, North Carolina—where the weather can switch from 10% chance of rain to 100% chance of thunderstorms in the time it takes you to walk to the bus stop right outside your residence hall (I speak from personal experience). Sitting in a cramped lecture hall soaking wet is no fun, so keep a small, portable umbrella in your backpack.

2. Lysol wipes: When one person on your floor gets sick, EVERYONE on your floor gets sick. Fight the inevitable campus-wide cold by wiping your doorknobs, desk, and other germ-ridden surfaces with Lysol wipes. You’ll also need them if you’re living in a residence hall where you have to clean your own bathroom (Koury, Horton, Craige North, and Hardin).

Professional Clothes

3. Professional clothes: Athletic shorts and T-shirts may as well be the UNC student uniform, but you’ll have to get dressed up more often than you’d think. Pack a business suit and a few business casual outfits for career fairs, on-campus job interviews, student organization meetings, etc.

4. Shower shoes: When you’re sharing a bathroom with 7 (or more) other people, you’re going to want something between your feet and the floor. Stop by Old Navy and pick up a few pairs of $2 flip-flops!

5. School supplies: College is still school, after all! Unlike in high school, though, your professors won’t care what you use to stay organized. I keep it simple with an accordion file for papers, a five-subject notebook (one section for each class), pens, and pencils.

Dinnerware

6. Dinnerware: Bring a plate, bowl, mug, spoon, and fork for those days when you’re not feeling Rams Head for dinner or you want to heat up some leftovers. Also, most residence hall programs are “bring your own bowl/mug/etc.”, so don’t get stuck using a paper towel as a plate for your pancakes!

7. Desk fan: I can’t sleep without my desk fan—the white noise drowns out loud floormates and slamming doors, or conversely, keeps the room from being too quiet. Not to mention, you’ll want a way to cool off after walking back from class in the 90-degree late summer heat.

8. Reusable water bottle: Don’t forget to stay hydrated! I fill up my water bottle every morning at Top of Lenoir, and most residence halls (and the Union) have water fountains with bottle attachments.

Surge Protector

9. Small duffel bag: Club sports, student organizations, church groups, and other things you may decide to join sometimes travel. Whether you’re going on an overnight trip or just heading home for the weekend, you’ll need something to pack your stuff in.

10. Power strip/surge protector: The number of wall outlets is limited, especially when you’re sharing the space with a roommate. I use a power strip (with a flat plug so it fits behind my desk) to plug in my phone, laptop, lamp, desk fan, and other electronic devices.

As you’re checking items off that mile-long college list, make sure to pick up these lesser-known essentials—you’ll be glad you have them once you move into your residence hall. Happy shopping!