What Item Did You Wish You’d Packed for College?

Meredith College Move-In Day is Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. This week, to help the incoming Class of 2016 prepare, our summer series of student advice will feature topics related to residence life.

Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors share insights on Move-In Day, what to pack, and how to decorate in a residence hall.

Today’s question is: “What is one thing you wish you’d brought with you to college?”

•“Don't forget to bring bed padding, a sturdy step stool to help you reach things in the closet or tack pictures on the wall, a hammer, a large monthly calendar (dry erase or paper) to keep you organized, sticky notes, and a full size trash can.” --Christa Allen, ’15

•“A fan. The residence halls are not individually controlled so having a fan is a great option especially if you get hot at night like I do.”—Elizabeth Oates, ’13

•“A shower caddy! It was annoying having to bring my shampoo and soap into the shower every day and set them on the ground. My suite dealt with it freshmen year, but sophomore we got one and it was definitely worth it.”—Hannah Thornton, ’14

•“Make sure you have a rain jacket and an umbrella. It seemed to rain for almost all of the important events during my freshman year. Be sure to bring it with you, because sooner or later, you will definitely be glad that you have it.” –Amanda Hall, ’15

•“Things to cook in! Yes you have a meal plan but sometimes you don't want to walk to the dining hall and you have a kitchen on your hall! A pot to make pasta in can really make the difference.” – Rebecca Jernigan, ’13

•“I wish I had brought a coax cable for the TV and a phone cord for the phone that you have to bring. I had to go buy them that day.”—Angel Jackson, ’13

•“I actually brought the majority of my room to my residence hall room my first year, so I didn’t miss much! I do wish I had brought more decorations to hang up on the walls, but for the most part it all worked out.”--Chloë Williams, ’13

•“Either a hammer or a step stool. My freshman year, my roommate and I resorted to using the heel of one of my wedges to hammer things – we needed a hammer. I also wish I had a step stool because things have a tendency to get pushed to the back of those hard-to-reach shelves.”—Shelby Wilson, ’14

•“I wish I hadn’t brought things...I didn’t use half the stuff I brought. The less, the better.”—Mary Rawls, ’13

Next question: In our final installment, we ask students to offer any last advice not covered by other questions in this summer series.

Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.

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