Preparing to move into the dorms is a tedious, yet necessary process, during which an incoming freshman needs to consider everything they’re going to need to live by themselves for the first time.
Figuring out all of the items that need to be purchased can be difficult, as students are preparing for conditions in which they have never lived, and a lot of the most crucial necessities go overlooked because most people have received significant support from their parents up to the point they are moving into the dorms.
Here are some of the most important dorm room necessities, as decided by Arizona State University students, alumni, and employees.
Many students aren’t aware of just how little space they will be granted with upon moving into the dorms, and as a result, the amount of germs and illnesses they are thus exposed to.
“You’re living in really tight quarters,” said Lorenzo Zazueta, a former communications major at ASU. “Clorox wipes are important if you want to keep from getting sick.”
This is something you may have never considered purchasing, as you probably have used your parents for the past 18 years, and if you’re even luckier you’ve had home cooked meals on a daily basis.
In the dorms, however, you will not have access to a kitchen, nor is it a socially conscious idea to have your mother bring you food regularly. To combat this issue, a microwave is vital.
“Lets say in the middle of the night you want something to eat, the cafeteria closes pretty early, so you really need something in case of an emergency,” said Gloria Valdez, a desk assistant at Taylor Place, the residential complex at the downtown campus.
Along the same lines as the microwave, a fridge is important for the volatile eating schedule that is synonymous with the freshman lifestyle.
“You have to make sure you always have food,” said Safaria Abugour, a health sciences major at ASU. “A fridge is really important.”
Many students aren’t aware of the reality of college eating until they are thrust into the lifestyle. They also aren’t aware of the tight confinement they’ll be living in. Incoming freshman are tempting to prioritize posters, televisions, and video game when preparing to move, yet based on these students testimonies, it is highly advised to think about health and eating first.