College season is upon us. For many of you, this might be the first time you've lived away from home. No matter if you're an experienced traveler or if you've never stayed away from home a day in your life, I've got some tips to make college move-in and room decor easier for you!
1: DON'T NEGLECT DECOR
2: LEARN DECOR POLICIES FOR YOUR RESIDENCE HALL
3: CONSIDER RENTING ITEMS
4: SOME MOVING TIPS TO FOLLOW
5: COORDINATE WITH YOUR ROOMMATE AND START DIYING
If you want a coordinated look, most colleges provide you with information to contact your roommate so you can coordinate!
Start now on your DIY decor. You can have a decor party as a going-away party! Or, you can spend some time with your family and make stuff together. Either way, you'll love having a few pieces that will remind you of home while you're away at college.
CHECK OUT MY "THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE STARTING COLLEGE" BLOG POST FOR MORE TIPS!
I can’t believe that, at this time next week, my college will be graduating another class of students. This year makes five years since I graduated. Even though I’m only 25, it still makes me feel ancient.
But, I imagine that I probably reach a good number of people who are college-aged.
Whether you’re just joining college or in college currently. You may notice those girls with giant wooden letters sitting around a table in your student center encouraging you to sign up for more information on their sorority.
The first really good thing about joining a sorority is, if you join the right one, you are surrounded by a number of like-minded individuals who often care about the same things as you do. I loved that about my sorority!
From that group of women, you will likely have two or three really close friends come out of it. Two of my closest friends, Lauren and Paige, were both in my sorority with me. We actually just met up the other day to catch up. Paige is now in Arkansas, and Lauren lives close to me in the same city. But, we are all grown up and have lives and responsibilities. You know you’ve found a true friend when you can pick up and talk about things like no time has passed.
Speaking of philanthropy, ours was Relay for Life. Relay for Life, if you don’t know, is a cause that helps fund detection and research on cancer. Each year, our sorority would hold different fundraising events to raise money for Relay for Life. We also always tried to get out to the event and have someone walking the entire time. It sometimes fell on exam week!
Lastly, I will say that I think I gained a lot of leadership knowledge when I was in my sorority. I learned that, even if you’re doing what everyone else thinks is best and you have no say in it, it all will fall back on you.
THE BAD AND THE UGLY
The first obvious thing is the fact that you’re always around a bunch of females. Now, while this can be fun, it can also turn in to drama really quickly! This, I believe, is a natural thing that happens when you’re around someone of the same sex 24/7. This can lead to the formation of friend groups within the sorority really quickly.
The other thing is that, no matter what, you always feel like you’re in competition with other sororities.
The point of Greek life is to offer a variety of Greek organizations with different values so that everyone finds a place where they feel at home.
However, Rush Week can quickly become a competition, especially if you’re at a smaller school where your number of pledges determines where you’ll live, how much money your chapter will have, and more.
The last thing I want to mention is that small groups have it pretty bad. This isn’t to deter you from joining a smaller sorority. I loved that my sorority was a bit more intimate and we all felt like we knew one another.
Being a smaller sorority often meant that we didn’t get to live in the Greek village, we didn’t have much representation around campus, we were often left out or forgotten, and we had very little money to work with.
We had less to offer potential girls for this reason, so our size dwindled quickly.
Next is that all sororities aren’t really expensive. My sorority was founded during the Great Depression, so the founders made a point to make sure that the dues would continue to be very cheap. We paid about $40 in chapter dues each year, which is a lot cheaper than many sororities.
My last thought is that you need to shop around and really get to know some of the other sororities. That would not have changed my choice, but you never know, especially at a bigger school!
Do you have any questions about being in a sorority? Ask them in the comments!
But, there are undoubtedly things that I wish I had known before I enrolled! Since people are starting to get acceptance letters, I thought this would be a great post to make. If you want to learn more, keep reading:
1: YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE A BREAKDOWN
It doesn’t matter if it is because of stress from your classes, the fact that you’re really involved, or if you are struggling with homesickness, most undergraduate students face some sort of mental breakdown in their college careers. This is somewhat normal, but it is important to address the issue ASAP.
2: IT'S OK TO SAY NO
3: COLLEGE FRIENDS WILL BE YOUR BFFS
A lot of people say something like, “my college friends are my best friends to this day.” That is so true. Granted, I’ve only been out of college for four years. But, my friendships from college always stay strong.
My friends from college were in my wedding and we still hang out and talk to this day!
4: PREPARE FOR DRAMA OF SOME SORT
Especially if you’re a female, you can expect a lot of drama in college when you live on campus.
My first semester, I lived in a residence hall all by myself for about a week while I was at marching band camp (geez, that sounds nerdy)! My roommate wasn’t really all that involved, so she would go out partying or go hang out until really early in the morning.
Sometimes, your RA or RC won’t understand how bad the situation is. When this happened, my mom actually had to come down and confront my RC because she wasn’t doing anything about the situation. But, it all got handled and I didn’t have any more problems. After that, I moved in to my sorority house. Is it even a sorority house without drama? No.
5: YOUR PLANS MIGHT CHANGE, AND THAT’S OK
When I first started at my University, I was a Chemistry major minoring in Forensic Science. When I was a freshman, they didn’t have a stand-alone forensics program, so I had to take the science program. I decided after a semester that I didn’t think that would work for me. Then I switched to English, then to undecided, and then finally to Mass Communications.
6: MAKE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT
One of the most important lessons I’m just now starting to learn is that schedules can really help you. Your life is basically a huge schedule when you’re in college. You have your class schedule and your activity schedule.
But, what you need to do is fill in those empty slots in your schedule and try to stick to it.
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National Women's Day
Save A Life
Stop The Bleed
The Ingham Family
The Opinionated One
The Pioneer Woman
Things I Love
What I Learned
Year In Review