Ten Tips for Incoming Freshmen

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Incoming Freshman, if you aren't already, now is the time to get excited. You, yes, I'm talking to you. You are only 30 days away from Move-In Day (if you read this blog the day it goes out, that is)!

            How you should be feeling. If you're not feeling this way, leave. Now.

            How you should be feeling. If you're not feeling this way, leave. Now.

However, you really have to start getting ready to move over to Clinton. If you don't, you might get to the night before Move-In Day, realize that you have nothing packed, and feel like this.

                          You if you don't prepare.

                          You if you don't prepare.

So, in order to keep you from sobbing uncontrollably the night before you move, I have a To-Do List for you today.

  • Don't neglect your friends and family at home. I know that I wrote about this in a previous blog, but this really is important. You don't want to lose the relationships that you have worked so hard to cultivate just because you're moving away. 
  • Enjoy your Mama's cooking. Now before you start moaning and groaning about the cafeteria, know that the Caf is actually pretty good. However, we all know that nothing can compare to your own Mama's specialty dishes. 
Although this was a one-time thing, everyone loved Mom's Minion cupcakes. They were despicably                                                                               delicious. 

Although this was a one-time thing, everyone loved Mom's Minion cupcakes. They were despicably                                                                               delicious. 

  • Talk to your roommate. You and your roommate need to coordinate some things. Otherwise, it'll be really awkward when both of you bring a t.v. and don't have room for it. Talk about any extra furniture or appliances you might want to bring to make sure that you don't have duplicates or aren't missing something essential. I'm told that if you're a girl, you might want to coordinate colors, but I think that may be a myth...
                        My fellow Choctawker Mary's Freshman Dorm Room (huh! It is coordinated.)

                        My fellow Choctawker Mary's Freshman Dorm Room (huh! It is coordinated.)

  • Make sure that you have appropriate clothing for college. The only reason I'm putting this on here is because of my personal experience. My high school required its students to wear a uniform. Therefore, I hardly had any other clothes than some t-shirts from soccer tournaments and my blue uniform shirts. So make sure you have enough variety in your wardrobe to dress it up or work out in the gym. Don't get caught without necessary wardrobe items in the Fall. 
My uniform--no, the apron isn't typically part of it. And excuse the hair. 15 year old Charlie thought it                                                                              was cool. 

My uniform--no, the apron isn't typically part of it. And excuse the hair. 15 year old Charlie thought it                                                                              was cool. 

  • If you are living in a community style dorm, pack shower shoes. I simply cannot stress this enough. Seriously, this is a necessity. There are a lot of perks to a community bathroom. First of all, you don't have to clean the bathroom yourself. You also get to know the people on your hall well because you are all going to the same spot often. To be quite honest, one of the coolest experiences I've had at MC was singing Don't Stop Believing in the shower with all the other guys in the bathroom joining in! Nevertheless, you will need shower shoes. 
                             I know these aren't shower shoes, but you get the idea. 

                             I know these aren't shower shoes, but you get the idea. 

  • Don't forget about class. You can look up what books you will need for classes on the Mississippi College bookstore website. However, before you buy your books do some research. Sometimes, you can find your books much cheaper on Amazon or even from the publisher. You'll also want to make sure that you will actually use the books that are required for the class. It always stinks to spend 200 dollars on a book you never use. 
  • Don't forget about class (part 2). My Freshman year, I thought that I was set. I had all of my textbooks, and I was ready to go to class. However, I am ashamed to admit that I had forgotten something absolutely crucial. I didn't have any notebooks, paper, pens, or pencils. So, I went to the local Wal-Mart at 11 PM the night before my classes started, and it seems that everyone else had thought of this before me. There was not a pencil to be found. So I had to drive to another Wal-Mart at 11:30 PM. Let's just say that I was not ready for my 8 AM class the next day. 
                                                                    You need these!

                                                                    You need these!

  • Pack all of your things in boxes. Boxes are a lot easier to move into your dorm room, and it is a lot less likely that your stuff will get lost or misplaced. You can find boxes in all sorts of places! Maybe you know someone who just moved and have more cardboard boxes than they know what to do with. You can always go ask at grocery stores whether they have any extra boxes, or, if that doesn't float your boat, you can always go to Wal-Mart or Staples to purchase either cardboard or plastic boxes. 
  • Label your boxes with your name and room number. This is extremely important because Upper-classmen will be helping you move your stuff to your room. If both your name and room number aren't on your boxes, they might end up in the wrong room. Trust me, there are a lot of rooms in all the Freshman dorms, and it may be chilly December before you find your favorite tank-top!
  • Don't forget your cell-phone charger. Now when I say don't forget your cell-phone charger, I'm not just talking about a cell-phone charger. Your cell-phone charger represents every single essential item that you could easily forget: your toothbrush, your shampoo, your necessary medication, your favorite pillow, your towels, or your alarm clock. Forgetting small necessities could really ruin your day. 

So there you have it--my list of things that I wish someone had told me before I moved in for my Freshman year. A little planning on this end can save you a lot of grief and unnecessary trips to Wal-Mart when you get here. So have a great summer and a lot of fun, but don't forget to prepare.

~Charlie, the unprepared Freshman

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