It’s that time! Time to start packing for school! I’ll be a junior this year, and I feel like I have finally gotten a handle on what to pack. When I look back to being a freshman at Nyack College, I remember how hard it was to know what to bring. So, if you’re new to living at school, or you just need some packing tips, here are a few words of wisdom:
1. Don’t over-prepare: This might seem like awful advice and exactly opposite of what your mom has been telling you all these years, but allow me to explain. You probably won’t need a 5 subject notebook, binder, and folder for every single one of your classes. Wait to buy these supplies until you have gotten your syllabus and have a general idea of what the class will be like. There’s nothing worse than having your desk space cluttered with tons of school supplies you aren’t using. Walgreens is a short walk from the Nyack Rockland campus, and has all the school supplies you’ll need.
2. Bring things to brighten other people’s days: One of my friends at school, Rachel, is always putting cheerful surprises in campus mail. At least once a month, I get a cute little note or bag of candy from Rachel and it really brightens my day. Also, when birthdays come around, it’s nice to get cards from people that aren’t just written on notebook paper. So, I would suggest buying some nice cards and stationary to send to friends at Nyack or on another campus. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love getting mail?
3. Multipurpose items are your best friends: Living in an itty bitty living space makes clutter very easy to come by. A way to avoid this is to bring things that can have more than once purpose. For example, a full length mirror does not only function as a mirror, but also a dry-erase board, and a place to stick pictures. So, instead of bringing a pin board, a dry erase board, and a mirror, just bring a mirror and kill lots of birds with one stone. Another example of this, and one of my personal favorites, is milk crates. They’re great for packing and transporting, and once you get to school, they make great stackable shelving units.
I hope these tips gave you some good ideas of what to pack for this semester! If you want more tips, check out my blog on packing essentials, and if you’re looking for a basic, extensive packing list, check out Erin’s college packing list . Happy packing!