Can you believe that the new school year is here? While you might think “I have a little more time left to relax by the pool”, we recommend preparing now for the first day back to avoid any last-minute stress, and make that transition back to campus as easy as possible, so you can focus on the important stuff.
Here’s an important checklist of all the essentials you would need to start the first day of the new year strong, like college supplies, important tips on study routines, dorm “can’t live withouts”, and much more.
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✅ Set a Routine
School and college time is all about balancing your priorities - classes, activities (game of pickleball anyone?), studying, eating, laundry, social life, and work. Setting a routine and adding a few regular habits will help you stay at the top of your game and ace your year. Start by creating weekly schedules that include enough time to spend studying as well as socializing with friends and classmates. Don’t forget that a balanced mind is a healthy mind.
✅ Mark important dates
Be it the mid-term exams, the study sessions, field trips and plans with your friends - ensure to mark them in your calendar beforehand to avoid any last-minute confusion.
Pro Tip: a fun way to remember these important dates is to make your customized calendar and decorate the important dates. The internet (read Pinterest) has tons of ‘Do It Yourself’ calendar ideas that might interest you. Plus, sharing your calendar with your roommates will keep everyone on the same page.
✅ Create a Study Space
Whether you are in your room or sharing a dorm, it is important to set up a dedicated learning environment to study. Setting up a study space will help you stay focused and boost productivity. Keep it clean and organized, so you can focus on your studies, not the pizza box from last night.
Pro Tip: Your study space can be your kitchen table, a corner in your bedroom, or your shared dorm room; it is essential to determine what kind of study environment suits you best. So experiment with different setups to discover which one suits you best.
✅ Stock up on College Supplies
Stocking up on college essentials beforehand can help you organize better and avoid any last-minute purchases. From important necessities like pens, notebooks, and calculators to laptops and tablets for studying and reading - buying these essentials will help you stay prepared for everyday.
Pro tip: An eco-friendly reusable bottle is a great essential to stay hydrated and enhance your cognitive functions.
Dorm Room Checklist
✅ Laundry and Bedding
Before choosing linens and bedding, double-check your mattress size. Pack all essentials that you would require in your dorm bed. Here is a quick list for you to begin with.
- Two sets of sheets with pillowcases
- Bed bug protective mattress covers
- Throw Blanket
- Back study pillow
- Two sets of face, hand, and bath towels
- Laundry detergents
- Laundry bag
- Clothes hangers
- Small sewing kit
- Iron Board
✅ Dorm toiletries
It is advisable to bring along toiletries that you last for an entire semester. You would not want to be forced to buy a toothbrush, soap, or other supplies at the college store where the price markup might be higher. Here is a handy list to bring along:
- Body Wash
- Face Cleanser
- Face and land lotions
- Nail clippers
- Shaving kit
- Sunscreen lotions
- Caddy Carrying Case
✅ Dorm Food & Snack Essentials
For cooking, consider checking what items your dorm room provides before purchasing. Your college common room or dorm might come equipped with a common microwave, refrigerator, or stovetop.
Other essentials that you can consider carrying are study snacks and dorm food supplies. At Martie, there is an exclusive section that includes all food essentials that you would need and want in your room. You can explore a wide range of amazing snack items, organic breakfast options, COFFEE (all caps necessary) ready-to-eat canned foods, and oatmeals. Plus, by purchasing your favorite brands like Kind, Clif, Annie’s, Kettle (and hundreds more) from Martie, you save great food from going to waste, and save up to 70% off!
✅ Storage and room essentials
For the next few months, your dorm room will be your space to focus on your grades and living on campus. So, make sure to stock your dorm room with all the essentials you need to get on the Dean’s List! . Some of the important storage and room essentials you can include in your list are:
- Desk lamp
- Wall hooks
- Shoe caddy
- Under-the-bed-storage boxes
- Lap desk
- Wall hanging or posters
- Yoga Mats
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