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Sep 18 2015
by Emily Perry

Make Your Dorm Your Home

By Emily Perry - Sep 18 2015

If you're like most of the college freshman in the United States, you are currently living in a rather small space, constantly surrounded by people, and you're away from home. The little things are often what we miss, so here are some ways I make my dorm feel more like home, and ways i make it my own!

- Windows

DON'T block your window! The natural light makes the space so much more open and inviting. In the afternoon, when I come in after class, not having to turn on the fluorescent light just makes my day a little better. If you're feeling bold, hang up some curtains to add a little color and a way to shield yourself from sunlight in the early morning hours. 

- Succulents

These little plants are lifesavers, and they really liven up a fairly dead space. They are very low maintenance, and planters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices! 

- Rugs

I spent (arguably) too much money on my rug, but once I got to school, I realized how much I enjoyed having it! Cold tile floors are a very rude awakening when your feet hit the floor in the mornings. Having a nice, soft landing starts off the morning right!

- Find Space Outside

Every campus has places where no one seems to go, or that one beautiful place that seems undiscovered. Go explore and find it for yourself! Having a place outside to study, talk on the phone, or read a good book is extremely valuable when we spend so much time surrounded by hundreds of people we barley know.

- Clean

I know it sounds self-explanatory, but some of you need to hear it over and over. No one wants to come home to a messy dorm, so take five minute every morning to straighten your covers, pick up trash, and hang up that sweater laying on your desk chair. Once a week, maybe on laundry day, go ahead and take out the trash, dust the flat surfaces, and change your sheets. You won't believe the different it'll make for your dorm experience.

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Emily Perry - Rhodes College

Emily is a Russian Studies major at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She loves film, literature, and the US National Park Service. Emily has been writing for Fresh U since June of 2014 and has served as both a web editor and a social media editor. Outside of Fresh U, she volunteers with the YMCA Center for Civic Engagement and is involved with her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.

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