LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Elim Bible Institute & College
Raising up Spirit-empowered champions for revival
Dr. Fred Antonelli President-Elect
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Since 1924, Elim Bible Institute and College has equipped Spirit-empowered leaders to impact worship, the church, and the nations. An unparalleled spiritual atmosphere is waiting for you!
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Elim Bible Institute & College Raising up Spirit-empowered champions for revival BY DR. FRED ANTONELLI
Dr. Fred Antonelli President-Elect
or almost 100 years, Elim Bible Institute & College (EBIC) has been an oasis, a spring of spiritual refreshment through teaching, missionary fervency, worship, Pentecostal/charismatic influence and leadership. Its name comes from this inviting passage in Exodus: “Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water” (Ex. 15:27). Nestled on top of a hill surrounded by farm fields outside of Rochester in Upstate New York, in the small town of Lima, EBIC stands as a monument of Pentecostal/charismatic history. Ivan Q. Spencer, a farm boy from northern Pennsylvania, attended Bible school in Rochester in 1918 and found the message God gave him to promote for the rest of his life, simply: “Revival!” Not only was this message for Ivan Q. to proclaim, but for others to share as well. He started a college to provide a biblical atmosphere to train champions to trumpet the gospel of Jesus Christ around the
world, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result, God used Spencer to birth Elim Bible Institute in 1924. Fast-forward to 2020. On May 21, I have the privilege of being installed as the eighth president of EBIC. I’m blessed to have worked in many different roles through the years—senior pastor, radio personality, author, op-ed contributor, mental health professional and crisis marriage therapist—but this is a new and exciting challenge as I succeed Rev. Michael Cavanaugh, who has served as president for more than seven years. Elim Bible Institute has been a familiar name for decades to many people within charismatic circles. Elim’s story, history and Holy Spirit impact for Christ around the world, however, is less known. I have a deep passion to introduce this historic Pentecostal/charismatic Bible college to the greater body of Christ.
An Unconventional Career Path
My journey to the EBIC presidency is more novel than normal. I didn’t exactly take the proper way to transition into an academic leadership post. My father was an immigrant from Italy, so we were raised in an Italian home in Baltimore, Maryland. A product of the late ’60s and early ’70s, I was a baby boomer. My life was filled with garage bands, drugs and feeding my own desires as an apathetic
self-centered hippy. The short version is I was raised Roman Catholic and had no real understanding of Protestantism. My girlfriend, Debbie, who is now my wife, was a United Methodist. She led me to Jesus in 1970 during the Jesus People Movement, when I was in the U.S. Air Force. A year after I was discharged, we got married, and within two years, we ended up at EBIC, where I became a student. Looking back, my life has been a high-velocity journey from
serving as senior pastor for 23 years to hosting “Rock Alive,” a national Christian rock and metal radio show heard over the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and Salem Radio Network (SRN), to continuing my education as a licensed mental health professional with offices throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware to becoming president-elect of Elim Bible Institute and College. I’ve often thought, Lord, either this next phase of my life is going to have an awesome outcome or you have a great sense of humor! I’ve been involved with Elim for 47 years, but it was my younger, formative years there that set the course of my evangelistic passion to this day. I know I’m not alone. That’s the spiritual infusion EBIC has been giving young men and women for almost a century. It’s not just what EBIC does, but what EBIC is and has been. Students receive a historic, biblically sound Pentecostal/charismatic investment during their time at Elim. They come away with a solid theological foundation as
well as a Spirit-empowered impartation of nothing short of a heart on fire to share the gospel to the nations!
The Charles Finney Connection
Many believers know the name Charles Finney, whose preaching brought about a great revival in the 19th century, and EBIC has a strong connection to the famed revivalist. Since 1951, EBIC has occupied the campus of the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (GWS), which was started as a direct result of the 1830 Charles Finney Revival in Rochester. More than 100,000 people gave their lives to Christ during that historic revival. Just one year later, Genesee Wesleyan was built. Finney, a Presbyterian minister, preached 98 sermons between September 10, 1830, and March 6, 1831 in Rochester. Shopkeepers closed their businesses, posting notices urging people to attend his meetings. Reportedly, the population of the town increased by two-thirds during the revival, but crime dropped by LAURA OLSON
two-thirds over the same period. Finney said “the courts had little to do and the jail was nearly empty for years afterwards.” The Rochester revival was a significant part of what would become known as the “Second Great Awakening” in the United States. In Finney’s “Power from on High” piece, he wrote: “This power seems sometimes to pervade the atmosphere of one who is highly charged with it. Many times great numbers of people in a community are clothed with this power when the very atmosphere of the whole place seems to be charged with the life of God. Strangers coming into it and passing through the place are instantly struck with conviction of sin and, in many instances, converted to Christ.” God used Charles Finney as a major player to form what would become the Pentecostal movement. In the 18th century, John Wesley taught what was known as the “second blessing,” which we know in the modern Pentecostal and charismatic movements as the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
This same Holy Spirit baptism is the power thruster that God has used since 1924 to preach the gospel through EBIC. As a result, EBIC has been a conduit of spiritually powered fervency both nationally and globally through missionary placement for nearly 100 years. EBIC has been one with Charles Finney’s revival emphasis since its founding. And for it to have been placed on the campus of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary where one of the most powerful evangelical movements in American history ever occurred, is nothing shy of providential!
The Syracuse Alliance
The Genesee campus also provides EBIC with another rich historical and educational connection. In 1849, the seminary upgraded its institution by adding Genesee College to the campus. By the end of the Civil War, the Lima location was seen as too limiting. Civic leaders in Syracuse were planning a new university in that city. This led to the decision to move Genesee College
to Syracuse in 1870, where it became the basis of Syracuse University. EBIC sits on a seminary campus built as a result of the Finney Rochester revivals that took on a nonreligious college that broke off and moved to form
Galatians says is true: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Gal. 5:9, ESV). Education is a good thing, but when universities and colleges extract the authenticity of the Word of God from their institutional environments, the “leaven” takes over, God is
“Many colleges educate, but few
transform their students. EBIC provides a setting where transformation takes place.”—Danuta Case what is now Syracuse University. This is not uncommon, as seminaries during this period were slowly trending secular. Many started as a result of the Great Awakenings (1740 to 1830, in this case). Revivals led to the establishment of several renowned educational institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, Brown and Dartmouth universities. Sadly, however, what
kicked out, and society becomes the big loser. In contrast, this has not happened at EBIC and, by the grace of God, it never will! EBIC’s board of directors has painstakingly worked into every fiber of its constitution, bylaws, mission statement and other legal, ironclad safeguards verbiage that will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to change any aspect
of its Christ-centered, Pentecostal/charismatic mission passion as we move into the future. A couple of years ago as a board member of EBIC, I half-heartedly wrote a letter to the president of Syracuse University (SU). Because the campus of Elim sits on the old Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and College site from which Syracuse University was born, I thought I’d throw out a “Hail Mary.” I asked SU if they would be interested in contributing a financial gift in helping us to restore the two 1831 buildings on campus. It was kind of a, “Hey, Mom needs some money. Can you help out?” And no, it was no surprise that I never heard back!
The Latter Rain Movement From 1948 to 1952, Elim Bible Institute was a key institution in what is historically called “The Latter Rain Movement,” a precursor to the charismatic movement and the Jesus People movement. EBIC was a pioneer in both “praying and singing in the Spirit” as well as singing the Scriptures, a practice that was not
“Elim is a school with a unique balance between the classroom and streets, worship and study with a goal of preparing Spirit-empowered leaders for the church, mission field and workplace.”—Rev. Paul Johansson looked upon favorably by mainline Pentecostal denominations of that day. Believers were to sing hymns, not the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit could “move on you,” and if that happened, you could speak in tongues or even jump or shout. But to sing in tongues, pray in the Spirit, prophesy, pray for people to be healed, give a Word of wisdom or knowledge or dance in the Spirit, these things were frowned upon in more conservative mainline Pentecostal circles. Ministries like Elim and Bethesda Missionary Temple in Detroit, Michigan, were among the few involved in this new,
refreshing move of and liberty in the Spirit. By the time the charismatic movement (1960-1968) and the Jesus People movement (late 1960s through early 1980s) came into being, EBIC had become a forerunner of these movements, which were powerful with the presence of signs and wonders; prophecy, healing and other spiritual gifts; and the baptism in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues. Along with Elim, Asbury Theological Seminary and Roman Catholic schools, including Duquesne University and Notre Dame, to
mention a few, were overrun with students hungry for Jesus and moving in spiritual gifts. We are still researching the history, but it appears that EBIC possibly could be the oldest evangelical Pentecostal/charismatic Bible college in the U.S. still on a campus that has been continuously used as a Bible college and seminary since 1831. That’s 189 years to date! That means that the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary campus was built only 48 years after the American Revolutionary War, which ended in 1783. Now that’s a godly heritage!
A Distinctive Christian Environment
Elim Bible Institute and College is a fully accredited undergraduate school. EBIC is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), and the TRACS Accreditation Commission awarded EBIC accredited status as a Category I institution. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for LAURA OLSON
Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. EBIC is actively working on obtaining permissions very soon to expand its programs to a bachelor’s level and hopes this may happen in the 2020/2021 school years. At first, the college plans on offering a bachelor’s in theology, followed by bachelor’s degrees in business, social work and education, and plans for an associate’s degree in culinary training. Built into all the degrees will be a firm biblical foundation that further elevates the worth of the diploma. Spiritual experience is also important at EBIC. Elim is a place to not only learn about God but also to experience Him. This happens through intimate worship, prayer, gifts of the Spirit, prophetic ministry, spiritual growth and a deep appreciation for God’s Word. While classroom education is important, it only makes up a portion of the training students need to succeed in life, leadership and ministry. That’s why
EBIC places every student in real ministry settings each semester, coupling experiential learning academics. One way EBIC does this is to have each student, regardless of their field, experience a three-week internship in the heart of New York City at the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM). Our goal is that every student in this internship not only walk away with practical experience, but more importantly an increased passion and understanding of God’s heart for people living and even struggling each day in urban settings. EBIC and NYSUM have been working together for over 25 years to create an internship experience like none other. EBIC is also approved by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and the Bureau of Veteran’s Education for the training of veterans. Probably one of the best descriptions I’ve ever heard regarding the unique heritage and biblical/educational environment EBIC offers came from Executive Vice President and Provost LAURA OLSON
Danuta Case. “Many colleges educate, but few transform their students,” she said. “EBIC provides a setting where transformation takes place. Intensive Bible study, the development of life skills and practical training are woven together. Students have the opportunity to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and deepen their personal relationship with the Lord as they are developing efficient life tools for service. EBIC faculty and staff are wholeheartedly committed to guiding their students in reaching their potential and fulfilling the destiny God has for them.” It’s worth noting that Danuta
came to EBIC from Poland several years ago when an Elim missionary secured a scholarship for her so she was able to attend the school. From Bible college student to continued education to EBIC’s executive vice president and provost, she has an amazing story! But that’s what separates EBIC from the rest of the pack. It is what has been drawing students to Elim for almost 100 years. Elim is a relevant community of students with godly professors, talented staff, ministry leaders, missionaries, worship leaders, biblically sound teaching and a Spirit-filled environment.
But what EBIC isn’t is a place that has compromised its Pentecostal/charismatic evangelical heritage and roots. To this day, the slogan for the Elim Fellowship, the ministerial arm of EBIC, is the same as since its creation: “A Christ-Centered Worldwide Revival Fellowship.” From Mexico to Spain to China, from Africa to South America, from the Middle East to Europe, Elim is for the nations, for the world and has been from its inception. Looking to the future, Elim Bible Institute and College will celebrate its centennial anniversary in only three years. But in almost 100 years as the oldest
charismatic Bible college in the United States with a rich Pentecostal history, the goal of Elim has never changed. Rev. Paul Johansson, president emeritus of EBIC, said it best. “Elim is a school with a unique balance between the classroom and streets, worship and study with a goal of preparing Spirit-empowered leaders for the church, mission field and workplace. The personal oneon-one discipleship environment forms true Christian character for service. In two words, lifechanging!”
FRED ANTONELLIwill be installed as the eighth president of Elim Bible Institute & College (elim.edu) in Lima, New York. A former senior pastor, he also earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and was founder and director of Life Counseling Center in Easton, Maryland.
| CAMPUS LIFE
A Whole New World How to get acclimated to college life BY PHILIP REYNOLDS
G E T T Y I MAG E S/D I G I TA LV I S I O N/P E O P L E I MAG E
aptain James Clark and the men of the United States Marines, 2nd expeditionary corps, were sent to the jungles of Burma in the late 1920s. They were on a recon mission, ordered to scout out the jungle and return with intel on the land, inhabitants and potential obstacles. During their mission, everything that could have gone wrong did. Hostile natives ambushed them repeatedly. Like the unceasing drip of rain from the trees, the attacks came. Some men caught malaria. Others went mad, wandering into the jungle—to a fate still unknown. Heat, humidity and a crushing despair clung to what was once a stalwart party of toughened soldiers. Eventually, bedraggled and all but destroyed, the corps reached a wide, swift-moving river. They decided to split into two groups and attempt to hack their way to safety. The first group to get out would go for help and assist in a rescue mission to get the other. The first group waited only a
couple hours before rushing off in the direction they thought best. The second stayed behind for a couple days. They rested, treated their wounds, built tools and gathered what food they could before setting out. Weeks later, the second group stumbled out of the Burmese jungle into a village. Barely alive, they were still coherent and together. When they got to the
that even in this fiction lies an important truth: He who fails to plan plans to fail. You may be preparing to jump into the jungle of college. It’s a plunge into exciting unknowns past the ragged edge of your life and the experiences that have brought you this far. You may have high aspirations, or you may just be figuring things out as you go. I’m not saying you’ll barely
“Some professors have been in school or studying a subject as long as you’ve been alive.” nearest U.S. military outpost, they were told no word of the other group had been found. A rescue mission was launched, and when that failed, another set out. The remains of the first group were never found. Now that you’ve used your imagination for a while—yes, I made up that story—realize
survive, although you may well emerge from your college years with a heightened craving for caffeine—but also with a hardearned degree. No, I believe you can do more than survive. You can thrive. But you’ll need tools. As a recent graduate of Regent University, I want to share what
I’ve learned with new students to help them succeed. So think of me as your outfitter, as someone who made his way through and out of the jungle.
Fuel Your Brain
Nothing kills an engine faster than putting junk in the gas tank that doesn’t belong. Your body is the same way. Like clean fuel, a good diet is the greatest protector against the seemingly unstoppable freshman 15. More importantly, healthy food choices power your brain. On the other hand, bad fuel means bad performance, and thus, bad grades. The hardest part about adopting a good diet is the shift in mindset. At home, the food in the fridge is the food you eat. If you use the same mindset in some school cafeterias, the freshman 15 will be knocking on—actually more like kicking in—your door. You now have the responsibility to stock your own fridge. You may or may not have a fridge in your dorm room, but that doesn’t bar you from embracing healthy choices. Take the water, not the
soda. Give those fries shade, and grab that apple instead. Green vegetables are your friends. Experts say to aim for five smaller meals as opposed to three big ones. In short, when we’re talking healthy fuel, less is more. These simple decisions take a lot less willpower than getting up at 6 a.m. to run off that unwanted 15 pounds. Baby steps turn into powerful strides in time, and your good decisions get easier the more often you make them. The undergraduate dorms at Regent have full kitchens, an immense blessing. I was able to cook what I wanted and make affordable choices with health in mind. Sleep is as important as food. Yes, the zzzs are undoubtedly one of the most overlooked and disregarded aspects of college life. If sleep were represented as a puppy—dog lovers, hang with me here—it would be abused and underfed, used to being yelled at and kicked. It’s pitiful, but it’s uncannily symbolic of the brutal cycle to which most students subject themselves. Wake up early,
stay up late, sleep five hours. Do it again and again. Repeat for weeks on end, and you have a sickly body. When you sleep, your body repairs itself. Your muscles heal, and your mind is eased. In short, the puppy catches a break. And you’ll thank yourself if you can nail your sleep schedule. It takes some discipline, but it’s the way our bodies were meant to rest, in rhythm. If you can master these two things, eating and sleeping, you’ll not only stay away from packing on the freshman 15 and getting sick, but you’ll also be happier and more alert.
Bond With Friends
No one is meant to be an island. No one should be alone. Forming friendships is one of the most important parts of any college experience. Some of the people you bond with in your college years will be what one of my mentors called “lifers,” people who stick around for life. Friends teach you about how to work with others, when to GETTY IMAGES/PHOTODISC /JACK HOLLINGSWORTH
compromise and when to be downright selfless. When you’re in relationship, the rules of give-and-take govern your words and actions. It’s a two-way street on which you learn how to move back and forth; it’s hard to be selfish and keep good friends. The Lord has shown His love to me many times through friendships. Sometimes it was through an encouraging comment, and other times, through a hot meal and a hug. In the end, friends teach you about yourself and how you treat others—or maybe how you should start treating others.
Crave the Challenge
I’ll never forget the first day of English 101. I walked into class, perky and ready to conquer the world. When my professor entered, I was startled by her resemblance to what I imagined she would look like, which was mostly based on the appearance of my high school English teacher. She told us we could write a 750-word essay about a historic event, so I chose 9/11 as my
subject. Big mistake! I worked on that paper for hours. I typed away into the evening. I even played the Schindler’s List soundtrack to get my emotional rhetoric flowing. Proud and plucky, I turned in that paper. But when I got it back, the pages were practically dripping with red ink. My professor had torn apart every paragraph, sentence and phrase. But she also said she believed in
students and signed up for more of her classes. I took the opportunity to visit her office to talk about studying and working in English beyond my undergraduate years. One summer, I went through a fitness craze. I convinced myself to do a triathlon and even called my professor for advice. She promptly mailed me a full training schedule and a plethora of related information.
“You’ll be bombarded with questions about your career and future on Thanksgiving, Christmas and every other family holiday.” me and saw major potential, even amid the glaring flaws in my work. I eventually got over my pride. I took her advice and wrote my second paper with her edits in mind and got a far better grade— and, thankfully, a lot less red. As time passed, that professor became one of my favorites. I craved the challenge she gave her
I didn’t end up entering the event (I found barbecue to be far less challenging—please don’t think I’m a hypocrite for all the things I said about fitness), but I did find a professor who cared about me not only as a student but also as a person. I’ve had many other exemplary professors. Whenever I met
with them, they almost always showered me with sound advice. And my grades usually got better in their classes. Remember, some professors have been in school or studying a subject as long as you’ve been alive. They’re a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge, and it would be a shame not to learn from them. Whether you love or hate them, there’s plenty to be learned. Some can offer advice on a certain career or field, and others, good old-fashioned wisdom. Yes, it may require jumping out of your comfort zone, checking the syllabus to find their office hours and making the effort to meet with them, but you might learn more in one five-minute conversation than in a semester of lectures. Educators want to see initiative, and they want to help. Give them the opportunity to do just that.
Find Your Purpose
If you haven’t yet learned to find your identity in Christ, college is the perfect time to set that foundation. If you don’t know where you stand spiritually, your efforts to
better yourself or even find yourself are futile. During your undergraduate years, you’ll constantly ask yourself, “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “What am I created to do?” And you’ll be bombarded with questions about your
career and future on Thanksgiving, Christmas and every other family holiday. For years, I struggled with feelings of inadequacy and imperfection. When I finally latched onto the truth that God loves me and realized nothing I do will
ever change that, I learned to walk confidently in freedom as a child of God. It’s likely you have a Bible already, but if you don’t, be sure to get one, then find a Scripture reading plan you can realistically stick with even through
the demands of college life. It’s important! Overall, I hope I’ve given you a better chance of getting out of the jungle. Yes, there’s a lot more I could write about—study habits, the most underrated extracurricular activities, dating pitfalls—but I think I’ve hit on the essentials for starting and finishing college well. If you remember nothing else, I pray this advice stays with you: Trust God and keep going even if you make mistakes. Pick yourself up and don’t beat yourself up. Navigating the jungle always goes better if you’re fueled, equipped and willing to persevere. Getting that diploma may seem far away, but time will fly. Your days in college—good, bad and ugly alike—hold the potential to be some of your best. As author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
PHILIP REYNOLDS e arned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He works in publishing and enjoys reading and writing. GETTY IMAGES/ISTCOK/MONKEYBUSINESSIMAGES
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6 Things You Should Not Bring to College Start your collegiate journey free of the burden of too much stuff.
BY GINA RENTSCHLER
s you get ready to start your collegiate journey, it’s easy to stuff your car full of things you think you might need. While you may be sure you need 10 pairs of shoes and your trusty futon, think twice about what the essentials truly are. To help, we’ve put together a list of six things you definitely do not need to load into your car: 1. Your entire wardrobe. Here’s the deal: You probably won’t have the same amount of closet space you do at home, so make sure to pack only the essentials. Be sure to bring these types of clothing: »»A small collection of T-shirts. A basic tee will fit the bill in many college wardrobe situations. A T-shirt can be worn casually or dressed up a bit. Bring several understated, versatile T-shirts–and maybe a few of your loud favorites too—to provide the base of your wardrobe. »»A few dress shirts or blouses. Sometimes a T-shirt just won’t do. But pack just a few nicer
tops—there won’t be so many dressy occasions that you need to worry about recycling outfits too soon. »»Some pants, and if it’s warm where you are, shorts. Like basic tees, classic blue jeans are almost always appropriate on campus. Pack a few pairs, and grab some khakis or dress pants for the few times jeans won’t do. »»Just enough shoes. Unless
time to bring your flannel button-downs and jeans with a few pairs of T-shirts and shorts for those stubborn late-summer days. When you go home for Thanksgiving or fall break, trade in your summer and fall wardrobe for something that will help you fare better in winter weather if you’re in that kind of climate. 2. Big luggage. When you’re trying to fit your entire life into
“Many schools have specific rules as to what kinds of furnishings are and are not allowed in the residence hall.” you’re packing flip-flops, shoes are a space hog in your suitcase and closet. Bring as few pairs as you think you can get by with: a pair or two of flip-flops, a pair or two of sneakers and a pair of dress shoes. Remember: Pack for the season you’re in. When you move, you’ll be at the end of summer and looking toward fall. It’s the perfect
the back of a car, you’ll be tempted to use the largest suitcases you can find. The more space you have to pack, the more you can bring, right? But what are your plans for the luggage once you’ve occupied your new residence? Where will you store those giant roller cases or footlockers?
Think about packing in smaller suitcases for a few reasons: »»It will limit you to just the essentials. It’s easy to pack way more than you need to begin the school year. Committing to only the essentials will allow you to get settled and assess whether you need more. If you do, you can work out a plan for how to get it and where it will go later. »»You’ll get more use out of small suitcases than large ones. Dorm rooms are notoriously short on space, so take advantage of every storage opportunity you have. Smaller suitcases can also be used as underbed storage once you’re moved in. They can hold your shoes, extra clothes or bulky items like extra notebooks or textbooks. »»You don’t have to carry them. Sure, a big bulky suitcase is no big deal on move-in day when family, friends and other students are there to help you lug your stuff. But you’ll need to go home every so often for home-cooked meals and family time (it’s important to get that time away). When you do, you won’t have to lug a giant
suitcase back and forth. And there’s a bonus: You’ll have the chance to grab a few things you wish you’d brought the first time. 3. Collections and knickknacks. Your collections are reflections of your personality. You started collecting shells on your family’s first trip to the beach. You’ve had a passion for baseball cards since you were big enough to hold a ball. Each keychain in your collection represents a memorable moment in your life. Collections often have a strong sentimental pull. But whether you collect stamps, trading cards or state quarters, the cold, hard truth is: You likely won’t have enough room to store them in your room. Not only are dorm rooms notoriously short on storage, they also have precious few flat spaces for displaying such items. Chances are you won’t be able to keep and admire your collection in your new home away from home. So just leave it in your room at home or another safe spot for now. If you simply must bring a few of these items along, consider
space-friendly ways to store them: »»Make them art. Use shadow boxes, picture frames or other decorative solutions to showcase a few pieces from your collection. »»Make them functional. Bring a couple of keychains to hold your dorm or car keys. Bring a few of your T-shirts to wear on special occasions. Bring that one special stuffed animal to hang out on your bed and remind you of home. »»Make space for them. If you just can’t leave your collections at home, be prepared to sacrifice storage for some of your other items. You can still add to your collections as you find new items, make new memories and maybe even discover new friends with the same collections. But be sure to keep them in a safe place—maybe in one of the small suitcases under your bed—and then bring them home later. 4. Furniture. Furniture can be a fun way to personalize your dorm space. However, though it might seem like a great idea to bring a couch or futon, it’s important to think about space. While some LIGHTSTOCK
dorms have a healthy amount of room, the last thing you want to do is haul your favorite couch to campus only to haul it back once you discover it doesn’t fit. »»Give it time. Wait until after you and your roommate move in to see if you actually have the space to bring some furniture to personalize your room. Work together to come up with a list of pieces you’d like to bring and that you think will fit. Then check with your families, shop online or browse local stores for the best deals. »»Check the college handbook. Many schools have specific rules as to what kinds of furnishings are and are not allowed in the residence hall. For example, some won’t allow upholstered furniture from thrift stores because of the potential for bedbugs and other pests. Others have rules about where furniture is placed and how much of a walkway it blocks. If you have questions, ask a resident adviser (RA). They’re there to help!
»»Consider small-scale alternatives. There are many furniture options today for students and others looking to maximize their small dorm or apartment spaces. Grab some collapsible lawn chairs that can be stored under your bed or in a closet corner to save space. Fold-up or nesting tray tables can add handy eating or homework surfaces without taking up valuable floor space. Furniture doesn’t have to take up a lot of space to add personality to your room. 5. Duplicate items. Like two people showing up to a party in the same outfit unplanned, it can be awkward when you and your new roommate—to whom you may not yet have spoken—both show up with a minifridge, microwave and what you think is the world’s best coffeemaker. A little planning can prevent such an uncomfortable introduction. »»Reach out ahead of time. Most schools will provide your roommate’s contact information
before it’s time to move in to your living situation. Get in touch and take the opportunity to learn a little more about your roommate’s preferences on keeping the room clean and sharing furniture or fridge space. Also, find out what appliances your roommate plans to bring. That way, you won’t be complete strangers trying to make conversation while filling your sock drawers. »»Be willing to compromise. It’s always more comfortable to have your own stuff. You know how it works, don’t have to ask for permission to use it and won’t feel guilty if it breaks. But your new roomie feels the same way about their things. If you really want to bring your coffee pot, let your roommate bring the microwave. »»Coordinate your efforts. Find out who has what, especially if you’re missing anything you’ll need. Come up with a plan to get the missing items that’s fair to both of you. Don’t take on the full burden yourself or expect
your roommate to pick them up without communicating about it. 6. A frown. When it’s time for you to move, be sure to pack a smile and a positive outlook. Your first year at college can be stressful, but if you’re ready to get involved and do your best, you’re on track to succeed. »»Be together. Don’t be the student who just goes to class, eats alone, studies and goes to sleep. Get to know your roommate, join a club that interests you and cheer on your school’s football team. »»Be present. Engage others—in class, in intramurals, in conversation. Fully enjoy this stage of life. »»Be open. Letting new people get to know the real you can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. College campuses are diverse in their student bodies, have different personalities and offer opportunities for everyone. So let the you inside shine and discover how enriching the college experience can be.
GINA RENTSCHLER i s the director of community life at Evangel University, an Assemblies of God-affiliated school in Springfield, Missouri.
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| DORM ROOM SURVIVAL GUIDE
How to make your new space feel more like home
BY SARAH CUSHING
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acking for college can be a long stressful process. Although looking around your room at home and deciding what to bring, what to buy and what to leave can seem overwhelming, the key is to take the big move one step at a time. To help you make decisions along the way, we have provided a detailed list of essential items incoming college students need. The list is broken down into 10 categories to simplify the packing experience. Each college or university may give students a specific list of items they are permitted to bring as well as items not allowed. Also, certain colleges will provide furniture such as a bed, desk, chair and dresser or closet. Pay particular attention to the furniture and storage sizes to avoid overpacking your dorm room.
»»Desk lamp and bulb »»Alarm clock/radio »»Wastebasket »»Clothes hangers »»Wall decorations (posters, white boards, photographs) »»Floor rug
2) Laundry and Cleaning Supplies
Keeping your belongings clean can help you focus and relax in your room. »»Laundry bag or basket »»Laundry detergent, dryer sheets
and stain remover »»Quarters for washers and dryers »»Clothes drying rack »»Iron and mini ironing board »»Non-abrasive cleaning supplies »»Dish soap »»Paper towels
1) Room Furnishings
Make your room comfortable as a place to study and hang out with friends.
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3) Clothing and Accessories
If you live in a state with a steady climate year round, you may need to prepare for all four seasons depending on where your college is located. »»Rain boots »»Everyday footwear and dress shoes »»Shower shoes (flip-flops) »»Swimsuit »»Sweatshirts »»Light and heavy jackets, and a raincoat »»Belts »»Hat, gloves and scarf »»A set of business-casual clothes »»A set of formal clothes for special events »»Exercise and sports clothing »»Pajamas and a robe
Sometimes you just need a snack or quick meal in your room instead of going
to the cafeteria. Here are a few suggestions for easily stored and prepared foods and useful kitchen supplies: »»Coffee, tea and hot chocolate »»Water bottles »»Oatmeal packets »»Cold cereal »»Trail mix »»Granola and protein bars »»Macaroni and cheese »»Plates, cups and silverware »»Mugs »»Travel mugs »»Electric hot water pot
5) Bed and Bath
Check your bed and bathroom setup so you can pack specifically for your needs. »»Bed sheets (Be sure to take note of the mattress size.) »»Comforter »»Mattress pad »»Blanket »»Pillows
»»Towels »»Shower caddy
6) Personal Items
Taking care of yourself marks the beginning of a successful college experience. »»Shampoo, conditioner and body wash »»Deodorant »»Toothbrush and toothpaste »»Sanitary supplies »»Hair products »»Facial products »»Medical insurance information
As you know, electronic devices are useful for coursework and entertainment. »»Printer, printer paper and ink »»Extension cord/power strip (UL approved) »»Laptop and charger »»Hard drive and flash drive »»Headphones
8) Classroom Supplies
Going back to school would not be the same without stocking up on basic classroom supplies to ensure you begin college on the right note. »»Notebooks, note cards »»Folders »»Writing utensils (pencils and erasers, pens, markers, highlighters, permanent marker) »»Mini stapler and staples »»Tape »»Ruler »»Post-it notes »»Planners »»Calculator »»Textbooks
These are items you will need in certain situations: »»Backpack »»Suitcase »»Personal ID »»Medical insurance information
SARAH CUSHINGworks in the Office of Marketing at the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
»»Sunglasses and umbrella »»Sewing kit »»Flashlight
10) Optional Items
Finally, these are extra items you might want or need: »»Fan »»Microwave »»Small refrigerator (keeping in mind any size requirements) »»Bicycle Use this list to effectively pack dorm room and college-life essentials. There is no need to stress about the packing process if you are following a detailed list to remind you of any items you may need. Remember to double-check your college’s guidelines for what you can bring—or not—and do not be afraid to ask your admissions counselor for the top items every student takes to college.
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