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Send an email….encourage your student!

When my daughters started college, I was really good about going to the store and buying cute cards, postcards and care packages and sending them off in a timely manner. After their freshman year, I wasn’t as good. Don’t get me wrong, I would send cards and care packages every now and then but I sort of had this mindset that they weren’t freshmen any more so they probably didn’t need letters and care packages as much.  Well, the students I work with here at Missouri State have set me straight and informed me that it doesn’t matter what year they are, they still want mail and care packages.

I did want to find some alternative ways to let my girls know I was thinking about them without having to go shopping or to the post office. I started finding cute images and inserting them in emails and sending those off. It was quick and instant encouragement for them.  I asked my daughters if they appreciated those and they said they liked getting them because they knew I was thinking about them in that moment.  However, they also noted that a gift card or a box of goodies was still appreciated. Okay, I got the message!

When I started working at Missouri State, I thought it would be nice to offer some images family members could insert in an email, add a message and send off quickly. So with the help of the Plaster Student Union graphic artists (all MSU students  who do fabulous work), we came up with a few images you can send to your student.  You can download these images here.

Just Because-01 Feel Better Soon-01
Dog Card-01 Cat Card-01

My daughters are both out of college now and I still send gift cards, postcards, letters and emails to them on a semi-regular basis. I encourage you to do the same. I know I love to get mail and emails so it’s nice to send that to others. In fact, I’ve sent the images above to my daughters even though they didn’t go to school here, they are fond of #FlatBoomer!  Right before exams, I’ll give y’all the opportunity to send a “Good Luck on Your Exams” card is sent from my office. We also offer Valentine’s cards.

Let me know if you have ideas for other images you might like to send! I can work with our design students to get those done.  You can contact me at pchildress@missouristate.edu or at (417) 836-3060. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Priscilla

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Zoë Says…Don’t take “Syllabus Week” lightly!

I want to give a friendly reminder to all returning students to think back to their last “syllabus week” and what they did during it. I also want ya’ll to think back to when your semester potentially got a little rocky. Was there anything you could have done differently during “syllabus week” that could have prevented the rockiness?? I would guess probably so.  zoe

Some people look at the first week of each semester as a “freebee”. They sit back, zone out and let the days pass by without lifting a finger. The first week of each semester should be seen as a gift, but not to allow you to do nothing. You should utilize this week to get ahead and make it a little bit easier for your future self. Pay attention in class. Take notes. Actually READ the syllabus in each class, and even highlight or mark the important due dates. Starting off on a more organized note can set you up for a more successful semester. Remember, after this week we all have to hit the ground running for this 2016-2017 school year!!

Learn lots, Bears!

~Zoë

Zoë Pixler, a junior majoring in Photography and Art Education, is a Family Orientation Assistant, helping with special projects and family orientation.  She is a member of a social sorority where she is the Vice President of New Member Education.

 

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Zoë’s Bucket List…Make a First Day of Class Checklist!

It may sound goofy, but a first day of class checklist can be just what you need to calm your nerves and get all of your things in order. Especially for those first year students, a simple checklist could hopefully relieve some stress you may be experiencing. However for returning students, these are just some friendly reminders of things you should be doing at the start of each semester.  zoe

Here are the top 5 thinks to have on your checklist:
1. Refresh yourself with your class schedule. For some of you, it’s been an entire summer since you selected your classes. Make sure you know class times and locations before that first morning of class.

2. Holla at your friends. Sure, we all promised to stay in touch throughout the summer but that may not been as successful as planned. Wipe the slate clean by reaching out to friends to see how their summer went and what classes they are taking this semester. There’s even a chance y’all might have a class together.

3. Prepare a writing utensil. Too many people go to the first day of class without a pen or pencil and later regret it. Make sure you put one in your backpack along with a notebook in case you start taking notes on that first day.

4. Write out 3 goals for the semester. It is healthy to start out with some direction for how you want your semester to go. Make these goals broad like: eat breakfast every morning, work out at least twice a week, turn in assignments on time, go to all my classes etc. Goals like these will start you out with healthy school habits.

5. BEAR UP! Put on your maroon and get excited to be back in bear country! Missouri State is the only home where you’ll find this much enthusiasm and love for being a bear, embrace it.

I guarantee that these 5 simple tasks will improve the start of your Fall 2016 experience here at Missouri State University. Returning students-please do not take this semester lightly. Even though you have been here, it is inevitable that every semester is a new start and a different experience. Let’s make this semester a great one.

~Zoë

Zoë Pixler, a junior majoring in Photography and Art Education, is a Family Orientation Assistant, helping with special projects and family orientation.  She is a member of a social sorority where she is the Vice President of New Member Education.

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Family Weekend 2016 – Register Today! #MSUFW16

Please join us for Family Weekend on Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th.  This special weekend gives parents and family members of our students an opportunity to experience campus life at Missouri State, spend time with your student in their new environment, and enjoy lots of fun campus events.  These events include:

  • Welcome Breakfast hosted by the Career Center
  • Student Showcase and BBQ hosted by the Office of Student Engagement
  • Haunted Campus Tour sponsored by the Folklore Club
  • Dive-In Movie hosted by Foster Rec Center
  • Haunted Trail hosted by Foster Rec Center
  • Rappelling offered by the Missouri State ROTC Bear Battalion
  • Family Weekend Event Family Extravaganza hosted by the Meyer Library
  • Bears Football vs. Southern Illinois – NOTE: Tickets are NOT general admission. If you would like to sit with aunts, uncles, grandparents, sisters, friends, etc., please order tickets all at one time so you will be seated together. #BearUp
  • BearFest Village FAMILY Tailgate, our traditional pre-game tailgate for all family members and students, hosted by Parent & Family Programs and the Traditions Council (limited number of tickets available)
  • Rock-n-Bowl, Halloween edition, sponsored by the Student Activities Council
  • Legacy Tailgate for families (mother, father, grandmother or grandfather that graduated from Missouri State) and their MSU student
  • Sparking Brunch hosted by Missouri State Dining Services
  • Plus a lot more!

Register for Family Weekend here.

The Family Weekend page has a full schedule of events listed, as well as information about packages available, discounted football tickets and local hotel accommodations.

Please check these pages frequently, as we will add and update information as the date approaches. “Like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/msufamilies) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/bearsfamilies).

Registration for Family Weekend except for football tickets will close Friday, October 17th. Football tickets only will be sold through October 21st (depends upon availability).

If you have any questions, please contact me at pchildress@missouristate.edu or (417) 836-3060. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you at Family Weekend!

Priscilla Childress
Assistant Director
New Student & Family Programs

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Helping Your College Student Living at Home: What Can You Do?

Recognizing that your college student living at home may have reservations about the experience and will face a unique set of issues is an important first step in helping your student make the most of the college experience.  Recognizing that your “letting go” process will be more complex with your student living at home will also help you to analyze the experience.  However, it is important that parents, and their college students, recognize that there are things that they can do to make this experience go smoothly – and ensure a rewarding four years.  index

As a parent, what should you encourage your commuter student to do?

Perhaps one of the most important steps is for you to recognize that you are now the parent of a college student, rather than a high school student, and that your relationship with your student should now change.  No longer as a caretaker, but rather as a coach, you can do much to encourage your student to gain independence by being active and involved in the college experience.  This may take a more conscious effort as a commuter.

Consider encouraging your student to do some of the following things:

  • Make a conscious effort to meet new people at school.  Maintain contact with high school friends, but reach out to make new college friends as well.  If other high school friends are also remaining at home, it is tempting to simply continue to socialize with them.  Encourage your student to expand her circle to include new people she meets at college.
  • Stay on campus between classes.  Spend some time “just hanging around” to get the feel of the college and to meet new people.
  • Do some studying at school – in the library, a lounge, in the cafeteria or snack bar.  Again, this will allow opportunities to absorb the atmosphere, learn what is happening on campus, and meet people.
  • Get involved in activities and clubs on campus.  Be involved in college life.  College is about more than studying.  Students who do not live on campus are still able to participate in many organizations on campus.  This is an excellent way to meet other students with similar interests – and to expand horizons.
  • Form study groups for some classes.  Get together with others to study and support one another.
  • Be a “host” to show out-of-town students around the area.
  • Find other commuters on campus and make connections.  Perhaps carpools or other commuting arrangements could be made.
  • Consider a summer internship or study abroad opportunity to have a chance to live away from home for a time.

What can you do at home to help your student adjust?

Students who live at home during college need to make adjustments.  Parents of students living at home obviously need to adjust as well.  As parents, you can help your student ease the transition to the new college experience.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Schedule a meeting with your student to discuss the new arrangement.  Don’t just assume the status quo.  Talk about his expectations while living at home, and talk about your bottom line of comfort for his behavior.  Listen carefully to his hopes and dreams, as well as his concerns.  Make sure that both of you recognize that you are entering a new phase of your relationship – and living arrangements.
  • Address family expectations.  Will you expect your student to help with chores around the house?  Will he be expected to be home for meals – or let you know if he will not be home?  Will he help with younger siblings or elderly relatives?  Will he be paying you rent?  Will he have access to the family car?  Can he bring overnight guests home?  Are there household rules about drinking or smoking or boyfriends or girlfriends in the house? Does she need to let you know if she decides to stay overnight with a friend on campus?  The more that you can talk about before awkward situations arise, the more smoothly things will go later.
  • Don’t become a caretaker for your student, or if you have been, let him know that things will be different now.  Don’t wake him up in the morning, don’t make appointments for him, don’t do his laundry or his dishes or pay his bills. Don’t nag if he doesn’t seem to be doing a sufficient amount of studying.  Encourage him to function independently – and to take responsibility for his actions.
  • Help make studying at home possible.  Your college student will have more out-of-class work than in high school.  Make sure she has a quiet place to study – away from siblings, family TV, other intrusions.
  • Give your student privacy.
  • Suggest that your student consider rearranging her room to give her the feeling of a fresh start.  Can she consider repainting or redecorating?  As superficial as this may seem, it can help your student mentally prepare for a different life.
  • If your student rebels at family rules, remind her that college residence halls have rules, too.  There are policies about drinking, smoking, guests, quiet hours, etc. Even though she is in college, she would be held accountable for her actions – even if she lived on campus.  Remind her that as adults living in the same household, everyone needs to feel comfortable.  This may require some negotiating and compromising on everyone’s part.
  • In general, agree with your student on the common courtesy that adults afford each other.  Consider each others expectations and comfort level.  Encourage your student to think about picking up after herself, not leaving dirty dishes around, not making noise during the wee hours when others need to leave for work in the morning, or generally impacting others in the house.  Ask your student what you can do to help him feel like an adult living in the house.  You may be surprised, and pleased, to learn from him what it will take to help him feel respected as an adult and what he is willing to do to help you view him that way.

Parents and adult children living in the same household face challenges.  But the experience can also be a wonderful, eye-opening time.  Both you and your college student will need to work at making adjustments, and there may be continual re-evaluating of decisions;  but once you have negotiated a comfortable life-style for everyone, you may be surprised at how much you enjoy knowing, and being with, this young adult.

(by Vicki Nelson – Founder, College Parent Central, reprinted from https://www.collegeparentcentral.com/2009/09/helping-your-college-student-living-at-home-what-can-you-do/)

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Ask Priscilla – What are some tips I can share with my student about campus safety?

This article,  10 Questions Every Parent, Student Should Ask About Campus Safety, http://bit.ly/1wFS7ib, was recently posted online and it’s a good article for you to read and find that Missouri State has plans/procedures in place for the questions asked. If you attended SOAR 2016, you learned about our Safety & Transportation department, the Springfield Police Substation and the Office of Student Conduct. If you are the family member of an upperclassman, it’s a good idea to review all our procedures.

Our students very quickly settle in to campus life and feel very comfortable at Missouri State. Often times, when our students get comfortable, they let their guard down, and don’t pay as much attention as they should to their surroundings. This is true for first-year students as well as seniors. Safety is an area where this becomes obvious. Our students know other students, they feel safe on the campus, and of course, nothing is going to happen to them, at least in their minds. They may not be aware that 90% of the time the sexual assault attacker is a dating partner, friend or acquaintance. This is the time to remind your student to be aware of the world around them, to remember safety procedures they have learned and familiarize themselves with the processes that Missouri State has in place to keep them safe.  Ask Priscilla_Avatar_MO

Here are some tips to share with your student: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark and unpopulated areas.
  • There is power in numbers. Go out with a group and come home with a group.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Lock your door in your residence hall.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car.
  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust.
  • Trust your instincts — e.g., if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Keep your cell phone with you and charged.
  • Don’t leave with someone you don’t trust and know.
  • Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do.
  • If a friend appears intoxicated and “out of it,” get her or him to a safe place immediately.
  • Don’t leave your valuables alone while you run to talk to a friend or go to the restroom.

There are ways that you, the family member can help your student stay safe. These include:

Staying in touch

Set up some regular times for communication such as a phone call on a Sunday afternoon. This gives your student the opportunity to update you on his life at college. It also offers you the opportunity to pick-up on any behavioral changes.

Family members should watch for sudden behavioral changes in their kids at college like irritability and sadness, since those could indicate a sexual assault, relationship problem or another significant issue. Your student can find out more about Sexual Assault: Prevention, Education & Resources here.  Make sure your student knows you are in their corner and happy to always listen when they need to talk and to help as needed.

Familiarize yourself with Missouri State polices so you can act as a resource for your student.

Having a plan

Students and family members should have a safety plan that includes contact information in case of an emergency, including campus safety officials. Students should also know what resources are available on their campuses.

The safety of our students is paramount at Missouri State. The university has many procedures in place to reduce the risk of harm to our students. Students must also take personal responsibility for themselves and their friends. Everyone needs to keep a watchful eye on our campus and if something doesn’t feel right, report it to campus security, the Springfield Police, an RA, professor or a friend. On campus we have:

  • Safe Walk – Safe Walk is an on-campus walking service seven days a week during the hours of darkness. Your student can contact the Safety & Transportation Department at 836-5509 to request an escort. Encourage your student to add the number for Safety & Transportation to their phone. To find out more visit the Safety and Transportation website.
  • Bear Line Shuttle – Bear Line offers a convenient and safe way to travel — no matter where your destination on campus. Just JUMP ON from any of the well-lit, covered shuttle stops conveniently located across campus.
  • Missouri State Alert System – Missouri State Alert is the University’s mass notification system, which uses a variety of methods to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency or school closing. Learn more about the Missouri State Alert System here.
  • Blue Light Safety Phone – Blue Light Safety Phones are located across the campus. If students feel uncomfortable about a situation, they hit the button on the phone and the blue lights flash and the student is connected to the Public Safety office and an officer will be dispatched to the student’s location.
  • Springfield Police Department (SPD) Substation – Commissioned law enforcement at Missouri State University is provided by the SPD. These officers work out of the Missouri State University/SPD Substation located at 636 E. Elm. Visit the Safety website to learn more.
  • Residence Hall Safety – All residence halls have open-entry access between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m. all doors to the residence halls are locked and only students who live in a particular residence hall can enter by using their electronic access card. The front desk of each residence hall is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Title IX resources – Missouri State University is committed to creating an academic and work environment free of sexual discrimination and harassment while valuing the dignity of all students, faculty and staff.
  • Emergency Response Plan – The Campus Crisis Management and Emergency Operations Plan is put into effect whenever a crisis, man-made or natural, disrupts operations, threatens life, creates major damage, or occurs within the University community and its surroundings.

If you have any questions about safety at Missouri State, visit the Safety & Transportation website for more information. You can contact the Parent & Family Program office at (417) 836-3060 or familyassociation@missouristate.edu anytime. We are here to help you and your student.

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Zoë Says…Raindrops Will Fall on Your Head!

Springfield, like all cities in Missouri, comes with unpredictable weather. A day may start out one way and make a complete 180 by lunchtime. Those not from Missouri may not be aware of this phenomenon, and some who live here throughout high school might not even understand the weather changes. Most high schools are predominately all indoor, which means that many students are not directly affected by the weather until that final bell rings. One of the biggest differences between high school and college is the amount of time you will be exposed to the daily weather. zoe

The reason I bring up what seems like a trivial issue is because I hope to prevent students from sitting in class shivering while soaking wet. There are a few items one can get to protect themselves from Mother Nature’s tears. First important item is a rain jacket. It does not matter whether it’s a pullover or one that zips up all the way as long as you make sure it is water PROOF and not just water RESISTANT. The difference between those two words could determine how dry you will actually be when using it.

Another good thing to have is an umbrella. There are not many rain jackets big enough to fit yourself and your backpack underneath, so an umbrella ensures that all of your homework you worked very hard on stays nice and dry on your way to class. Speaking of keeping things dry, if you do not have a waterproof phone case, I encourage you to keep a stash of plastic bags in your room. I like to put my headphones and phones in one to keep them protected. Many do not know that you can actually still use a touch screen phone through a plastic bag, so it’s a “no lose” situation if you think about it. If you feel its necessary to take your laptop to class on a particularly rainy day, I suggest putting a plastic store bag around it in your backpack to add protection just in case.

One of my biggest pet peeves is wet shoes and unfortunately ran means puddles and some sneak up on you. The best way to go would be to invest in some rain boots. It is very popular for college students to wear rain boots to class, especially when there is bad weather. If you do not have rain boots, keeping an extra pair of socks and/or shoes in your backpack is the next best thing.

The important thing to remember is that there will be drizzly days during the school year and the number one thing you need to remember is a positive attitude. Don’t let the clouds and rain get you down and discourage you from going to class. Sure, you might have to take a few extra minutes to get your umbrella in your bag and your rain boots on, but think of how rewarding it will be to go to class and not miss out on that day’s knowledge! Who knows? It might even prompt you to start singing the fight song in the rain.

~Zoë

Zoë Pixler, a junior majoring in Photography and Art Education, is a Family Orientation Assistant, helping with special projects and family orientation.  She is a member of a social sorority where she is the Vice President of New Member Education.

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Mark your calendar…

It is hard to believe the fall semester is right around the corner. Where did the summer go? Welcome Weekend is coming up fast. I encourage you to save the following dates on your calendar:  calendar

Registration for Family Weekend opens – August 8th
Ursa Experience – August 15th – 17th
Move-in Day for residents of a Living-Learning Community – August 18th (download your unloading pass here)
Move-in Day for residents NOT living in a Living-Learning Community – August 19thFamily Info Session for new family members (refreshments served) – August 19th. Plaster Student Union Theatre– one session at 3pm and one session at 4pm – choose the one you would like to attend.
President’s Reception for New Families – August 19th, Davis-Harrington Welcome Center, 7pm – RSVP before August 9th. Family members only.
PlayFair – August 19th – 7pm – the first Welcome Weekend event for our students. Students Only
See Ya Later Brunch – August 20th – 11am -1pm – Garst Dining Hall and Blair-Shannon Dining Hall. Enjoy a great brunch with your student before you head home and they get ready for their next Welcome Weekend event.
Bear Bash and Fan Fest – August 20th, 7pm – North Mall in front of the PSU. Students Only
Fraternity & Sorority Life 101
– August 21st, 12 noon – Hammons Student Center. Students Only
New Student Convocation – August 21st – 2pm – JQH Arena
New Student Festival – August 21st – 3pm – Plaster Student Union – Students Only
Belong B-Que – August 21st – 5pm – West Mall Amphitheater – Students Only
First day of Classes – August 22nd
First home football game – September 1st (Thursday night)
Labor Day holiday – September 5th
Public Affairs Week – September 12-19th
FAFSA Available for 2017-2018 – October 1st, 2016 – February 1st, 2017.
Meals-a-Million Volunteer Opportunity – October 1st & 2nd – Find out more here: http://www.missouristate.edu/CommunityInvolvement/143717.htm
Homecoming – October 14th – 16th
Family Weekend – October 28th-30th
Thanksgiving Holiday – November 19th – 27th
Study Day – December 9th
Final Exams – December 10th – 15th
Fall Commencement – December 16th
First Day of Spring 2017 Semester – January 17, 2017

To see the Missouri State master calendar, visit http://calendar.missouristate.edu/. Check-out the New Student & Family Calendar here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at pchildress@missouristate.edu or (417) 836-3060.

~Priscilla

 

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Zoë Says…Here are Five of the Most Important Missouri State Items for New Students!

Most of ya’ll got the first most important item when you were at your SOAR session. This would be your student ID, or also known as your BearPass card. This is what gives you access into your Residence Hall after certain hours as well as whenever you want to utilize the Foster Recreation Center. This card also holds all of your Boomer Meals, Boomer Bucks and is swiped each time you enter a dining center. Besides those functions, the card can be used as a credit card and you can charge items from the bookstore onto your account to pay later. Hopefully I have made it apparent how important this card is and the necessity to keep it safe.  zoe

You will be given the other three most valuable items when you come to your residence hall in August to move in. After checking in you will first be handed with an access card. This thick white card is what will get you into your residence hall. Yes, it is unlocked during the day, but the buildings will be locked after a certain time each night. I guarantee you will use this card way more than you think you will. Some residence halls also require you to scan into each individual hallway with the same access card. This should be kept on you whenever you leave your room.  You will also be given your room key when you check into the residence hall. For obvious reasons, this should also be kept on you whenever you leave the room. It is never a good idea to leave your residence room unlocked when you or your roommate(s) are not in there, so make sure to plan those five extra seconds into your morning routine! The last item you will get on this first day is another key, but this one will unlock the magical treasure chest that is your mailbox. This key will be identical to your roommate’s and it will be important to have on you. It is the most frustrating thing when you come back for class and take a look in your mailbox full of mail and goodies, but then realizing you left your key all the way in your room. Make it easier on yourself, go a head and keep it on you as well.

The last item of the list can be acquired at any time, even before you get here! It is your Missouri State Spirit! Find the way that you can support and cheer on the Bears. It can be participating in BearWear Fridays by wearing a MSU article of clothing, attending sporting events, taking a selfie with the bear statue, learning the fight song or even just making BEARy great friends!

I hope all of our new students are getting very excited to come to Springfield very soon and start maroonifying your life one day at a time.

~Zoë

Zoë Pixler, a junior majoring in Photography and Art Education, is a Family Orientation Coordinator, helping with special projects and family orientation.  She is a member of a social sorority where she is the Vice President of New Member Education.

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Zoë’s Bucket List…Your College Necessities

The countdown is beginning! Only 35 more days left until Welcome Weekend here at Missouri State University! I am sure that y’all are filled with a mixture of emotions about this next big transition in your life. To give your mind a little rest, I thought I would compile a list of a few items that I viewed as very valuable when coming to college:  zoe

  1. A portable phone charger-Whether it is a good or bad thing; our generation is pretty reliant on our cellular devices. Even though there are plenty of outlets available, they may not be close enough to your seat in class or when you’re lounging around campus. I recommend bringing a portable charger so that you always have the ability to keep your phone alive
  2. Slippers-Especially in a community style residence hall, it is nice to have something to wear to the bathroom or around your room. I recommend ones with soles so that they last longer.
  3. Soap dispensing scrub brush-This is exactly what it sounds like, a brush that you can wash dishes with that has soap in the handle you can squeeze out. Whether you’re in community or suite style, you will most likely have to wash some dishes. It’s a lot handier to have soap in the brush than trying to keep track of the soap and the brush. Sounds like not a big deal, but the less you have to keep track of, the better.
  4. Notebook-Even if you think you are going to take all your notes on your laptop or tablet, I recommend having at least one notebook. There may be times in class that your instructor asks you to do an in class assignment and turn it in, or maybe you’ll just feel fancy one day and want to hand write your notes. Regardless, it’s always nice to have paper at your disposal.
  5. A small whiteboard-My roommate and I hung a small whiteboard on the outside of our door and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did it give us an opportunity to leave notes, reminders and encouraging antidotes to each other, but it also was fun to see who else would write notes to us when we were gone.
  6. At least one piece of Bear Wear-I promise that once you come to the maroon and white nation, you will want to rep Bear Wear all the time! You can stop by the bookstore after moving in or just wear anything with maroon on it. Also continue to keep a look out for opportunities to win free Bear Wear at campus events throughout the year.

These are only six of the items that I found very beneficial to have at college. I encourage you to ask friends who are already in college about what they brought. You will also learn as you go along what works best for you and your routine. Don’t stress too much about your packing list though! What you don’t bring down on move-in day you can get from the store, grab it the next time you go home, or have your family bring it when they visit next.

Good luck packing!

~Zoë

Zoë Pixler, a junior majoring in Photography and Art Education, is a Family Orientation Coordinator, helping with special projects and family orientation.  She is a member of a social sorority where she is the Vice President of New Member Education.

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