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Meet Katie, the summer 2016 ICI Intern: I’m Katie Goodrich, a rising senior journalism major at an ICI member campus. I believe in grammar, justice and the right to ice cream. I am fluent in English, sarcasm and gibberish. My talents include an incredible memory for '90s song lyrics, power naps and having just enough bad luck to produce great anecdotes.


What To Pack (Or Leave at Home)

 August 9, 2016

To pack or not to pack? That is the question every college student struggles with before moving to campus each fall.


 Twin XL sheets and a mattress topper

Dorm room beds come in an odd size, but every store will have these sheets in their Back to School sections. (Bonus points if you bring an extra set of sheets so you don’t have to do laundry as often.) Investing in a mattress topper will make you infinitely more comfortable in your new digs.

 Basic medicine cabinet supplies

Life happens. Being prepared for simple first aid fixes or illnesses is always good. Band Aids, Neosporin, nail clippers, tweezers, ibuprofen, cold medicine and an Ace bandage will come in handy during cold and flu season or if your intramural soccer team gets a little too intense.

 Storage solutions

College dorm rooms are probably smaller and simpler than where you live now. Buying an over-the-door hanger for your shoes will save you space (and from tripping over them). Some storage drawers might be able to fit under your bed, especially if you put it on risers or loft it.

 Important documents

Make sure you have your insurance cards, IDs and other documentation. If you want to get a job on campus, you might need your Social Security card or passport in order to be put on the payroll. Bring a mini safe to keep these documents safe.

 Stain remover

Easily forgotten, but impossible to live without (especially with all the soft serve and spaghetti in the dining halls).

college students sit in a dorm room eating pizza

Leave At Home

 Anything you have to create a hypothetical for

If you have to make up a story in which you would use an object or wear an outfit, odds are you do not need it. Trust me, it will not be worth it.

 Candles and plug in air fresheners

Most colleges don’t allow these things in dorm rooms, due to fire hazards.

 Huge suitcases

If you are flying to school, you can keep them. But if you can drive to school, just keep a suitcase or duffel bag that you can pack for a short trip home in. The big suitcases are great for getting things to campus, but they take up too much space in your dorm room.

 Clothes you won’t wear

If you don’t wear it now, you won’t wear it in college. While packing, go through your clothes one by one instead of grabbing it all. Donate the things you have out grown. (Also, don’t pack too many high school t-shirts. Some to sleep or work out in is fine, but wearing them every day feels like you’re stuck there.)


Campus will have more than enough resources to print things, and hooking up to the printer wirelessly could disrupt the Wi-Fi, which will not make your unit happy. 



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