What Will My Freshman Need In The Dorm: The 4-1-1 for Success!

What Will My Freshman Need In The Dorm: The 4-1-1 for Success!

Yesterday they played with teddy bears. Now you wonder, “What will my freshman need in the dorm?” This post will help you make those decisions!

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Hey, it’s approaching soon–moving your kiddo into their freshman dorm… That bittersweet day when your baby-not-baby heads off to college. How can this be? Just yesterday he was crawling around in his diaper! She had a favorite doll baby!

You blinked, and now they are practically grown! Seriously, we have to think about moving them out of our houses and into a dorm room at college. It’s not so bad if you are organized to begin with. I am here to help! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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 What will my freshman need to have in their dorm room?

First, remember that space is limited, so making careful choices is important. Second, if you have a girl, then she will probably want to decorate and make her room super cute. If you have a boy, then for the most part, he could probably care less. My 2 boys are of the care less sort. Here’s a post about the best storage ideas for a dorm room.

The items on this list are not decorative, but super useful for any college student. They are in no particular order of importance, but all will be necessary!

Some suggestions for the freshman dorm room…

One thing that I suggest you that you do, is to purchase a couple of things a month over the spring and summer before so that it’s not one big expensive month right before! Another option would be to divide the list of needs with the other roommate.

When I was a senior, my mom gave me one or two things a month for the whole year before college, so that by the time I went away, I had everything that I needed:)

Please check out my comprehensive lists on Amazon. I created lists for Dorm Room Essentials and College School Supplies,  These are pages I created on Amazon’s website where you can actually go shop right from the list! Check them out!

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What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Have you thought about the legal implications for your teen turning 18?

HIPAA, FERPA, Selective Service… Check out my post which addresses all of those topics and what you should think about for your teen at their 18th birthday. There are so many things that I hadn’t even thought about, so, please inform yourself.

Items you will need for dorm move-in day

Before I start the list, you need to think about moving all the stuff in! Here are a couple of things that I would totally recommend having on hand. First, Ikea Frakta bags -these are the bomb, and order early because these go fast! A door stopper is great for all the in and outs.

The other item I would recommend having is a collapsible wagon. This can be stored under your student’s bed and then used for laundry, groceries or hauling things back out to their car for holidays etc.

Also, will you teen be driving a lot? They should have a safety container in their car for travel. This is a great place to put those legal forms that you work on above. If your teen will be on the road for long distance travel at all, I have some tips on an emergency kit for their car. Check it out here.

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What will my freshman need in the dorm?

What will my freshman need in the dorm? 

Before you get anything, check with the college and the roommate so that you have the room dimensions, allowed items, and know what each roomie is going to bring. This will save you time and money. Remember to buy small. They can always replace when they run out of something. Horizontal space is limited, so be creative!

Before you spend the money on a microwave and/or refrigerator, check with the school because they may have a rental program with the exact model that they allow. Otherwise, think small, and stack the microwave on top of the fridge!

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Multi-plug outlet/chargerthis has outlets, USB ports, and a timer, and even has a surge protector. This is a MUST! Be sure to have a long phone cord for charging because you never know where the closest outlet will be!

Surge protector -many schools won’t allow extension cords, so grab one of these and, be sure to get one with lots of outlets.

Whiteboardkeep track of schedule, lists, write note to roommate etc. Here are some great accessories! Markers, graphic chart tape in various colors,  and whiteboard crayons for fun! 

Under the bed storage -this is great for out-of-season clothing, and other rarely used items. A suitcase will work for this as well. One good thing to have is an overnight bag or gym bag in case your student goes away for a weekend with friends.

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Keurig -This is great not just for coffee. Your student can heat up water for ramen, mac ‘n’ cheese, etc. A Brita pitcher is nice, too, depending on the taste and quality of the water. Be sure to get the smallest that you can for each since their space is so limited!

Area rugThis is for comfort, as well as style. It can be a basic monotone rug or multi-colored or patterned one. Stepping onto a rug is so much nicer than a plain, tiled floor, especially in the middle of the night! Don’t forget a rug gripper pad to keep it in place, and a small vacuum to keep it clean.

Mattress topper -Must have because the mattresses in dorm rooms are awful! Be sure that you find out the size of the mattress, sometimes they are twin XL, and sometimes not.

Mattress protector, 2 sets of sheets, and a cozy comforter are a must as well. My boys didn’t care what any of it looked like, but if you have a girl or a guy who cares, then you will get to have so much fun with this part!

Command hooks-many different sizes for hanging everything! Small, medium and large are all available. These can be used for a million reasons around a dorm room. And, these ceiling hooks are awesome for hanging flags or other lightweight items.

Shower caddySo handy for the dorm shower, even if you have a suite setup, it keeps all your “stuff” together! Don’t forget to pick up a pair of shower shoes while you’re at it!

Prop-up bed wedge -I like the one in this picture because it has a removable cover, and it’s oversized. It’s a bit more expensive, but no telling what might spill on this in a dorm room! Here is a super fuzzy wedge! Grab a bedside shelf or organizer– so great in the limited space of a tiny room.

 

Desktop fan -A dorm room can be really stuffy!

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Laptop computerEvery school is different, so you need to have your student check to see which computer is recommended. My oldest son got this for graduation, and our middle son got this one. They each had different wants and needs, and they have both been happy with their choices.

Laundry basketDon’t forget to grab detergent, stain stick, and dryer sheets while you’re at it. Also, check out this tiny air purifier that just plugs into an outlet and is the size of your fist. (It does not require a filter, and would be great in a dorm room for freshness. It will eliminate odors, bacteria, and allergens.)

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Printer -Most kids assume that since there is free printing in many places on campus, they won’t need a printer of their own. What they don’t think about is that many times that means a walk to the bookstore or the learning lab or wherever the school printer happens to be.

A few cleaning supplies would be handy as well. Antibacterial wipes, room deodorizer, small trash bags, multi-purpose cleaner, and paper towels are all a good call.

Dorm safe -This is almost a must. My son was on meds that his friends always wanted. It was so much easier on him to be able to lock it up and not worry about it. They can also lock up their money, gift cards and jewelry.

First aid/health kit -This will come in so handy, and it can be refilled and personalized with specific meds and extra band-aids etc.

Toolkit -My son took a toolkit that my husband put together for him. He told me that almost every day someone needed something out of his kit! He also had a box of extras like scissors, flashlight, batteries, zip ties, liquid nails, thumb tacks, etc.

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

And, just for fun, these LED strip lights are so cool! My friend has them around the white boards in her classroom, and I thought they would be so much fun around the frame of the beds in a dorm room. They can be set to one color or set to change.

There you go. All of the most useful items already in a list for you! Be sure to check out my more comprehensive lists for Dorm Room Essentials and College School Supplies.

For all you moms of freshmen out there!

Have you heard about the Flippy? My bestie in Denver got one of these from her daughters because it drove them crazy when she would build towers out of side tables etc to put her devices on to Zoom her daughter who lives overseas! She loves it! So get one for when you and your teen talk after they have left home! You can prop it up in any position for whatever makes you the most comfortable!

Make the most out of your last months as you answer the question, “What will my freshman need in college?”

Fall semester is quickly approaching. Enjoy your last month of summer! Get some hugs in if your kid will let you, and make family time happen! I am thinking of you because we have been there. I’ve gone through it twice now. so I know how quickly this all goes.

I hope that I was able to answer your question, “What will my freshman need in the dorm?” I am definitely sending my love to you all in this really bittersweet time! 

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Other helpful ideas as you help your teen prepare for college

Another place with good gift ideas for teens, some of which would be good for dorm rooms, is this post. Check out my Pinterest board- Dorm Room Ideas with all sorts of ideas or College Hacks for even more ideas! And, here is a list of 5 things that you shouldn’t forget to bring to the dorm with you.

One thing that one of my boys loved was this digital picture frame. He wasn’t one to put up pictures, and he wasn’t far from us, but he said he would turn this on occasionally if he hadn’t seen us in awhile.

•Good luck and have fun! Don’t forget about organizing and preparing the best backpack with all the essentials needed to be out of the dorm or apartment all day.

•Do you have a younger teen in high school or middle school? Grab my high school parenting toolkit!

•Are you wondering what essential tech items your teen will need for college? Here’s your answer!

•Want tips for putting together a care package for your college kid?  Or grab a couple of tiny decorations for the dorm for Halloween? Here are some great decorating ideas for spring in a dorm room

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•Will your teen exercise in their dorm room? Here is the best small space workout equipment for dorms.

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Bible Verses For High School Seniors: 15 Strong Verses

Bible Verses For High School Seniors: 15 Strong Verses

I have collected what I consider to be the 15 best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors in this post! As our seniors approach the end of their time in high school, they have so many balls in the air. We are there to support, encourage, commiserate, and witness this joyful time in their lives. 

As well as all the good things happening, there are some seriously sad times too. The final day of class, the final game, the final club meeting… The list goes on. This is definitely a bittersweet time. *This post may contain affiliate links. My  full disclosure policy is here.

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Prayer and Bible verses to encourage high school seniors

Prayer can help so much with all the “feels”. I know that I feel better with a few verses in my back pocket to refer to for my own encouragement from above.

Here are favorite Bible verses to encourage high school seniors, uplift them, and comfort them. These will help so much in these final days with your senior. Our seniors have so much ahead of them, but they will never leave our thoughts or our hearts.

Use these verses to encourage your teen as they move through their days to remind them that through the ups and downs of this senior year, God is there to support and cheer along with us!

Print off the free download of Bible verses for high school seniors, or write them inside a card that you write to your favorite senior! These cards from Dayspring are wonderful. And, be sure to check out some gift ideas below…

Great ideas for how to use these Bible verses to encourage high school seniors

Another idea is to take screenshots of the verses and upload them along with favorite pictures to a digital picture frame. That way their family and friends pop up in the frame as well as these verses to uplift and encourage! 

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Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 26:3-4 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 40:29   

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Isaiah 58:11 

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. 

Numbers 6:24-26 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 

Psalm 20:4 

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 27:12 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:14 

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 56:3 

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Matthew 5:16 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 12:2 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Corinthians 9:8 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 6:34 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I hope that this post of the best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors is helpful for you.

This senior year season is so much fun, but so sad as well. Use these bible verses for seniors for yourself, and hang in there, mama!

There are so many times that I have needed one of these verses. When I was down or frustrated or just needing a little lift of some sort. These verses all will answer a need that your teen might have. Print out these verses for your teen, cut them out, and put them in an envelope for them to open on a bad day. Let your teen know that you are thinking about them from afar -even if you are right across town!

Gift ideas for high school seniors!

Bracelet cuff engraved with quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  -this is so cute! Very simple and classic.

Bible for her -pretty engraved cover, and written for a college girl.

Bible for him -This is the one we got for each of our boys when they turned 16.

Your College K.I.T. – a subscription box with snacks, toiletries, and some fun seasonal items as well!

Freshman Fun Box – another subscription box specifically for freshman with assorted goodies each month.

If your teen goes through rush and pledges, here are some fun bling for you to get them!

Here is the prettiest cross/heart daughter of the king necklace.

For someone who likes a more basic design, here is a nail cross -pewter necklace, my boys love this design.

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Be The First To Know These 29 Simple Ways To Prepare For College!

Be The First To Know These 29 Simple Ways To Prepare For College!

There are many ways to prepare for college. There are so many things to know when you teen is starting to think about their post-high school plans! Will it be college, military, gap year, community college…

The choices are endless. In this post, I have gathered ways to prepare for college that you and your teen will need to think about. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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29 Ways To Prepare for College

How To Get Ready For College: Read College Bound Now

One thing that we have used in our parenting journey is conversation. It has helped us to answer the question, “How to get ready for college?” Lots of talking about lots of topics. Start these conversations now -wherever you are on your parenting journey with your teen!

High School Survival Kit for Parents: Grab Yours Now

Do you have a high schooler? Or a middle schooler and you are wondering what to expect the next few years? I am here to help. My high school survival kit for parents is a labor of love. It’s all the things that I wished we would have had when our older kids went through high school.

Parents: Are You asking Yourself “How Will We Pay for College Next Fall?”

Can You Afford to Pay for College? Have you saved enough to pay for college? If yes, I applaud you. If not, maybe you’re just like me, hoping to find scholarships to help offset the cost and future debt for your kiddo. Paying for college is no small feat. Read on to find out where you can find money!

Plan a budget for college

We have had two sons in college, and the second time around was much easier because we knew what to expect! The biggest concern for us, and many others are all of the expenses. Here are some things that we learned the first (and second) time around, as we planned a budget for college.

The Truth About Student Loan Debt: 5 Simple Ways to Prevent It

One big reason to begin making plans for college is MONEY!!! Something else to think about is that your child’s future will greatly be affected by the choices he or she makes today. These two factors were at the top of the list while our oldest son was deciding on a college. We are trying to help our kids as they go through college, by helping to prevent student loan debt or at least reduce it for them.

College and Career Planning: 3 Secrets to Success

College and career planning starts young. Younger than you think! Start conversations in middle school. Continue them throughout high school, and really start to focus in on what your teen wants to do. Give advice. Find out more information. Work together to make a plan.

Now is the perfect time to have these conversations.😀

FAFSA: What You Need to Know Right Now

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Your child’s college career could hinge on this one form. Do not make the mistake of not filling out the FAFSA -even if you think you won’t qualify, fill it out.

Filling out this form will determine whether or not your student will receive Federal Student Aid, BUT it will also determine any monies he/she will get from the schools that they apply to as well. Colleges will require you to fill this out, so do it now.

How Do I Apply To College?-12 Steps to Success

This post covers how to make this process easier for your teen, starting the summer before their senior year. There are many things to keep track of, so get organized! 

The actual process of college application is in the fall. That is when application due dates typically begin. Each college will be different. Most will accept your teen all the way until school starts the next fall based on the number of applicants. 

College Visit Checklist: 30 Must Ask College Visit Questions

College visits are fun. College visits are stressful. College visits run together. Which school said they had a minor in Medical Spanish? Which cafeteria had those awesome cookies? Did the guide say you rush in the fall or spring? Taking notes with a College Visit Checklist during or right after the tours will help keep these details straight and eliminate hours of hunting through college websites for the answers to your questions.

When You Have An 18 Year Old: Information You Need To Know

You have an 18 year old! Your parental rights are basically gone. Do you have a high school senior or college freshman? A new 18 year old? Get ready for things to change in more ways than one. Your parental rights are about gone!

Did you know that you have no rights to their school information like grades, financial aid etc?

How To Win Scholarships Now: Tips and Tricks

Are you wondering how to win scholarships? How does the scholarship search works? Do you need help finding scholarships online? When should you start looking? How do you get scholarships? Is it already too late? Are you looking for help finding scholarships?

I am here to tell you, that you can begin the search much earlier than you thought. And, your teen can search all the way through college and even grad school!

This is our story about how we have graduated one son from a 4-year college debt-free and another son from community college and some trade school training debt-free as well!

Best books to read as a young adult

This post is about the best books to read as a young adult, I thought about the things I wish that I had known more about -the subjects that my husband and I tried to at least introduce to our boys.

College admissions will often ask your teen what they are reading. Any book on this list would be a great conversation starter!

 

Books And Other Resources For College Prep

Books:

COLLEGE BOUND: THE ULTIMATE LIST OF CONVERSATIONS TO HELP YOUR TEEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

College Prep Project 2021-2022: The Ultimate Guide to Navigating College Admissions

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2022

LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward

Resources:

Scholarship help at How2WinScholarships.com will help you by teaching you a method of putting together your scholarship application packets in a way that looks, feels, and IS different from those submitted by your peers.

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Final thoughts

As you guide your teen through the high school years, there is so much to think about. My top three tips for these years would be:

1. Keep talking with your teen. Be a team with them to figure out what their plan is after high school. Be open to what they want.

2. If college is the plan, then be open and honest about your financial situation. Start looking for scholarships immediately.

3. Be prepared. Read some or all of these blog posts, so that you won’t be surprised at any stage of the game. Read some books. Listen to podcasts. Find a mentor mom.

Hang in there! Let me know what has been the most helpful link in this post for you!

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College and Career Planning: 3 Secrets to Success

College and Career Planning: 3 Secrets to Success

College and career planning starts young.

Younger than you think! Start conversations in middle school. Continue them throughout high school, and really start to focus in on what your teen wants to do. Give advice. Find out more information. Work together to make a plan!

Now is the perfect time to have these conversations:)

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This post is written by a new friend that I have met in the blogging world, Loren Kelly. Turns out she is a Missouri girl, so I like her already! She is an expert on this topic. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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College and Career Planning

When it comes to college and career planning, there are a few secrets to success that I wish I could share with every parent and high school student across America. This information will save you time, money, and frustration. What do you need to know about college and career planning? Here are my top three tips.

Choose the career first and the college last

This first tip is vital. It seems logical to choose a college first, then declare a major, and think about the career portion closer to graduation. This is the model that has been followed for several decades in the United States.

This approach, however, has led to a large percentage of college graduates experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction when it comes to long-term career fulfillment. Also, many students enter college with an undeclared major and struggle to find an academic program that engages them.

The solution to these issues is to approach the college and career planning process in reverse. To prevent time and money from being wasted, a student should determine a career path before choosing a college or training program. As the image below illustrates, begin with the end goal in mind. When a student comes to me for help with college and career planning, we begin by exploring career fields of interest.

Once we have determined the best-fit career for the student through comprehensive career exploration, then we proceed with identifying the best training and education to prepare for that career. Finally, we finish the process by finding schools and colleges that offer that training and make the decision based on reputation, graduation and employment rates, and cost.

Consider ALL careers and education options available

The second college and career planning secret to success is to consider all career options and all education options. In the early 90s, the myth began to spread that to be successful, one needed to go to college. We slowly started to see vocational and trade programs disappear from America’s schools, and college preparation became the focus.

I want to encourage parents and students across the nation to consider all options. There are very lucrative trade careers that require short-term training and no college degree.

Real life example of college and career planning

Let me tell you a story about my brother. My brother, Jedd, was uncertain about his plan for the future at high school graduation. He enjoyed working with his hands; however, our parents and his teachers encouraged him to go to college. They assured him he would figure it out while at university because he was an intelligent kid with good grades.

Fast forward two years, and he dropped out with no degree, thousands of dollars of student loans, and a lot of frustration. Had he engaged in career planning first, he probably would have determined that a trade was the best fit for him. He is now a maintenance mechanic at a very reputable corporation. He earns a very respectable wage with a one-year vocational certificate!

As you approach college and career planning, consider all career options and then be sure to look at vocational schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities. The integrity of the academic program, completion and employment rates, and costs are significant factors to consider when choosing your education and training.

Begin gaining career-relevant experience early

The final tip is to gain experience in your future career field as early and as often as possible while pursuing your education and training! Gone are the days of a college degree ensuring gainful employment following graduation. To stand out in a pool of applicants, students must gain career-relevant experience while in school. college and career planning|www.parentinghighschoolers.com

Most commonly, career-relevant experiences come in the form of internships for degree-seeking students or apprenticeships for trade students. In addition to the benefit of having experience on your resume, internships and apprenticeships also give students the opportunity to try a career.

First-hand experience in a career field can save a student a lot of time and money as they may determine early that a career may not be as fulfilling as he/she originally thought. If an internship or apprenticeship isn’t feasible, volunteer work is just as valuable! As you engage in the college and career planning process, please reach out if you have questions!

More info about Loren

As a College Instructor and Career Coach, empowering young people to pursue the future with confidence and clarity is my passion! If you are interested in more information and ideas to assist your child with college and career planning, visit my website. I share weekly articles and free guides to help parents and students plan for the future!

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Dorm Room Storage Ideas: 15+ Easy Hacks

Dorm Room Storage Ideas: 15+ Easy Hacks

Here are great dorm room storage ideas that make the space more organized and user-friendly! There are easy dorm room storage hacks for all the dorm room essentials and dorm room necessities.

The great thing about a lot of these ideas is that they are either hidden or utilize space above things that you have to have such as the bed and desk.

Space in a dorm room, even some apartments, comes at a premium! You need to be super planful and intentional to create as much storage as possible! So let’s look at these ideas for maximum storage in a tiny space.

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Dorm room storage ideas

We have moved two boys into dorm rooms, and both times, I remember how surprised I was by how tiny the rooms were! I cannot imagine how it would be to have a girl moving into one of those rooms because it was hard enough with boys who don’t really have a lot of “stuff”. These are ways that we created storage for them without giving up any floor space.

If your teen complains about how cramped the room is, all of these ideas could easily be implemented immediately for a little bit of relief.

Do you have any great ideas for dorm room storage? Share them in the comments for all of us because we have one more to take to college in another little while, so all tips are appreciated!

Check out these dorm room storage ideas

Dorm room -under bed storage

Wide dresser -Essential for all the clothing that won’t fit into the tiny closet!

Underbed storage – This is a good option if the beds are lower.

Dorm room -over bed storage 

Headboard with shelves -More logical storage that won’t take up floor space.

Over the bed shelf – And, this is a cool rolling cart that goes over the bed like a hospital tray!

Dorm room -beside the bed storage 

Bedside shelf -This is great if there is no room for a bedside table. And, here is a cloth version.

Nightstand storage -Great for books, lotion, kleenex, and all the other things….

Stick on the wall caddy -Another thing that you will have to check with the dorm to see if this is allowed, but a couple of these could be really handy!

Extra storage around or in the dorm room closet

Magic hangers -These are truly magical. Wish they had been around back in my day!

Over the door shoe storage -I still use this for all of my sandals. Never enough storage for all the shoes…

Storage mirror -This is a little pricey, but it’s great storage that takes up no floor space. Check with the dorm/apartment to make sure that you will be able to hang this where your teen will be living.

Extra storage for the dorm room desk area

Over the desk shelf -This is wasted space if you don’t use it!

Desk drawer storage organizer -The space inside the desk should be organized, too.

Other bonus storage ideas for a dorm room

Over the fridge shelves -A fridge is almost necessary to eliminate or reduce snack runs. This will save money in the long run. So, the space above a refrigerater may as well be utilized. Typically, an over-the-toilet shelf unit will work. Or, here is an over-the-microwave shelf. And, here is a small cloth caddy for some extra organization.

 

Ottoman storage -Extra seat. Extra storage. If beds are on risers, this will fit under there.

 Hanging jewelry organizer -The one below locks, which would be good in a dorm room.

Dorm room storage cart! -This can hold so many things, and then be rolled out of the way when not in need.

I hope that this helps you as you try to plan out dorm room storage ideas.

Remember, that any of this storage can be added later if it gets to feeling too cramped! Here are some cute label ideas!

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How Do I Apply To College? 12 Simple Steps to Success!

How Do I Apply To College? 12 Simple Steps to Success!

How do I apply for college? There are so many ways you can help your teen!

This post covers how to make this process easier for your teen, starting the summer before their senior year. There are many things to keep track of, so get organized! Check out this post which will help your and your teen stay organized throughout high school. So, when your teen asks, “How do I apply to college?” and you haven’t been doing all of these things, it’s not too late to start!

Schools are sending information to prospective students via email and snail mail. It is such fun for your teen to receive all of these! Now, it’s time to begin the process of applying to colleges. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

There is even more great information below the video about applying to college!

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Throw away any unwanted information!

Have your teen throw away any packets from schools that they are not interested in. This will eliminate over half of what they receive. Your student needs to use both the trash can and their email trash. Tell them to stay on top of this because the stack will grow, and their inbox will get to be overwhelming!

This is one job that you can help with. I would go into my sons’ email inboxes (with their permission) and delete any that my they knew were too far away or too expensive or too whatever…

"How do I apply to college?, your teens asks. Trash anything he or she is not interested it

FYII have written a book with all of this information in it plus lots more! Check it out!

And, here is the blog post that goes in conjunction with the book. Many of these discussions that I write about in my book address the very things that your teen will need to know when thinking about “How do I apply to college?”

When Do I Apply for College?

The actual process of college application is in the fall. That is when application due dates typically begin. Each college will be different. Most will accept your teen all the way until school starts the next fall based on the number of applicants.

Just beware that financial aid is rewarded first come, first serve. The later that your child applies, the less chance of monies. They will also run the risk of the freshman class filling up, and being waitlisted.

College planning can be easier with help

There are a variety of college counseling sites that will help you!

Here are a few choices. This would have been so helpful for us with our older two boys. I will definitely be shopping these options with our third when it’s time for college applications!

**College Meister is currently offline. I will update summer of 2022 with more info…

College Meister has two programs for application completion help. One and Done, meaning you will complete applications in one week. Or, Eight is Enough, meaning that you will complete your applications in 8 weeks. They provide structure and help as you wade through this process.

Loren Kelly Coaching provides college and career coaching for teens and their parents. She has an amazing program. She also provides resume writing services as well. Book a free first session with Loren!

College Prep Genius has many helpful products. Here is a College Roadmap for success. And, here is an ebook about Insider Secrets to College Entrance Exams.

Prioritize By Due Dates

Some college application due dates will be immediate, others not for awhile. There may be an early decision date which is binding, others have early decision which is non-binding. Others will have rolling decision dates, which means that your child may have more time.

Have your child look on each college’s website. What is the tuition package? What sorts of scholarships are available? Is there a tiered fee structure? Where does your student fall in all of that?

This might help to eliminate more schools. Talk about a college budget, and learn the truths about student loan debt.

One more thing to look at as far as applications go, is whether or not the college charges an application fee. These can add up, so be sure that if you spend that money, it is really a place that they can see themselves going to for the next four years.

Fill out the FAFSA.

The FAFSA due date is October 1. Do not wait until the first to fill it out! It can take awhile to get it filled in, double-checked and completed! Read about what the FAFSA and what it actually is here. (If you are able to link through the IRS, the time will be greatly shortened.)

Have your child register for the ACT and/or SAT again, if those scores are something which they are wanting to improve upon. They can still apply for colleges, and can just update the score for the college either yourselves or via the test center.

They can even take these tests after being accepted, just be sure that they update the college with any improvement to their score! (It might make a difference to the financial aid package that they might receive.) Here is another post all about the FAFSA.

Ways that ACT and SAT are scored

Some schools ask for the ACT composite score. This is the score of each subtest which is then divided by the number of subtests. The composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) ranges from 1 (low) to 36 (high), and is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up. 

Another ACT score that a school may ask for is the superscore. This is made up of the best sub-scores regardless of test date. Be sure to send in all test scores for consideration. This creates a new superscore using only the highest numbers. Not all schools will ask for either of these, but look out for these options.

Here is a great resource for SAT test prep. And, here is a great resource for ACT test prep.

"How do I apply for college?", your teen asks. Your teen will have more options with higher test scores.

Visit college campuses if possible!

One of the best ways to know if a school might be a good fit is to visit the campus. The best time to go is during the school year so that your teen can get a true feeling of what life is like during a school day. Here is a guide to planning the visit!

Go anytime during their early high school years if possible. This is a great list of questions to ask whether you are in person for the visit, or contacting the campus after looking online!

A lot of people wait until junior year, which is fine, but by then most teens are super busy. If you can take them for a visit during their freshman or sophomore year, it gives them time to think about things. Your teen can start to make decisions and eliminate some of their choices earlier.

Visit a variety of colleges if possible!

Visit small and large schools. Visit state schools and private. Visit one that is a little further away than is comfortable to them. Visit the school that is in their hometown because it’s different to actually experience it, than to just think they know about it.

Try to visit one college from each of these categories to give your child a good variety to choose from. They won’t know until they try what might be a good fit! Plus, it’s fun to see all their different choices.

College Essays 

Essays can be tweaked for each situation as needed. One essay that your teen needs to write is, “What are your plans for the future?” Most schools want to know this information in some form or another. It is a good way for your child to actually think about this, and get their thoughts in order.

Tell them when filling out applications and writing essays that they need to be honest and thoughtful. There will be questions that will cause them to really think, and there will be others that seem ridiculous. Most questions are asked for a certain reason, so your child should think and answer carefully.

Monica Matthews from How2winscholarships has a great guide for writing essays and preparing awesome scholarship packages. Check it out here!

How do I apply to college? More and more the applications will be online!

Get Letters of Recommendation

This is a step that should not be ignored. Go to teachers that have been supportive. Tell your child to really foster good relationships with their teachers throughout high school, so that when they ask a teacher for a recommendation, it’s not a big surprise! This is a big one for answering that question, “How do I apply to college?”

Update Your Resume

A resume is a great way to put all accomplishments together in one place. This can be emailed to colleges as your teen applies to college. My friend, Loren Kelly, has great tips for updating and maintaining resumes! Check her out here.

Search the College Website

Go back to each college’s website. Look carefully through each tab. Search through student life, take a virtual tour of the campus, look at the available clubs and activities.

Google the nearby town to find out information about the size and what is available to do outside of school since it is where they would be living. Again, visit colleges if it is at all possible! Some tips for visiting colleges are here.

I hope that this answered your teen’s question, “How do I apply to college?”

Your child should do everything that that they can to inform themselves about each college as a possibility. This way, when it comes time to really decide where they will end up, they can make an informed decision with all the pertinent facts. This way, when they ask, “How do I apply for college?”, they now know some facts to start this process.

Books that will help in this process

Ultimate Scholarship Book

How To Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

How To Prepare a Standout College Application

Admission Matters

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