Send the unnecessary extras back home tonight: items that should have been left back home
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
For most freshmen bringing everything in sight from home and cleaning out Bed Bath and Beyond is a natural homing instinct. Moving out of the house is a large milestone for most students and is accompanied by the fear that the space they will newly occupy will not be as comfortable, safe and personal as their familial home. While brining all your stuffed animals and your high school yearbook seem like items that will help you adjust to college life they are items that should have been left at home.
The beginning of college is the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf. For incoming freshmen the end of high school is still fresh in most memories but that shouldn’t mean a high school yearbook should be in tow. Not only are yearbooks bulky, a characteristic that makes finding a space within the limited peripheries of a dorm room difficult to work with, but they will distract you from the new opportunities on campus. As the first few weeks of the semester pass, freshmen should be immersed in new routines, friendships and experiences and not be bothered reminiscing about high school. Save the high school remembrances for Thanksgiving break.
Stuffed animals are another classic example of something that should have stayed at home. While bringing your favorite furry friend might seem like a comforting solution to homesickness, the reality is that stuffed animals take up bed space and you will most likely either throw them off the lofted bed or push them off accidently, creating a mess to be dealt with in the morning. Furthermore, because they serve no important function you most likely will regret towing them all the way to Storrs only to have to search you room for an available corner for them to sit and gather dust in.
This item might seem obvious, but you should have left apparel bearing the names of other colleges at home. If you applied to UMass, Penn State, or God forbid, Syracuse, and brought along the evidence, hide it in the deepest drawer in your regulation dresser and take it home at your first chance. Nothing is as confusing as walking down Fairfield Way and seeing a student sporting a Trinity College baseball hat, a Miami-Ohio sweatshirt and a pair of University of South Florida sweatpants. It begs the questions of where your loyalties lie.
The most important item that should have been left at home is the lanyard. Nothing screams “freshman” louder than a lanyard hanging out of your pocket or around your neck. While a lanyard was handy in high school so that you could twirl your keys around and prove your car ownership, everyone has a set of keys in college and keeping them in your pocket on a small key ring is in vogue. Ostentatiously displaying your keys tends to end with losing them or getting them stolen by a friend as a hilariously panic inducing practical joke.