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How to have a healthy space By Caroline Farrington
he perfect bedroom is vital in college for a productive year. Having a space that brings you joy with your own creativity will create a safe environment for you to be yourself. At times school can be challenging so your room should aide as your space to get away from stressful elements such as homework or class. Keeping your room organized and clean can have a big effect on the tasks you accomplish in school. Keeping your room neat in a sense keeps your mind neat, relieving stress. Here are my tips to keep your room a healthy space for a productive and stress-free school year.
When starting the school year you tend to grab all of the essentials that keep you organized. A backpack, agenda, and notebook keep you organized with your school work, so your room should cater toward keeping things organized at home. Having a desk that you can work from separates school from sleep. A lot of people do their homework in bed and tend to not get a lot accomplished because your bed makes you relaxed.
Bandit the Cockapoo sitting on a stylish bed. Photo By Caroline Farrington
The American College of Healthcare Sciences gave three reasons why you should never do your homework in bed: It limits focus, decreases productivity and hurts your sleep. At a desk you are focused on your work and more likely to get your work done. Another way to keep your room organized is by having labeled bins for storage. Interior Designer Kelly Rodgers from Sound Furniture told me that storage is everything in your college room. â€œThis is going to be your home for a year, so storage is key, so everything needs to be planned
Your aesthetic is how you are feeling and can be whatever you want. The point of having an aesthetic is to cater towards your likes and create a happy space.
around maximizing room.” An example she had was cool baskets under your bed to add a punch to the room but operate functionally as well. I keep a bin under my nightstand to hold my books for when I want to read at night. A good idea for items to place in bins under your bed is things like older books or seasonal clothes. Compact storage is a great way to keep your room neat and minimal.
The aesthetic is what makes your room your favorite place in your house. Everything you bring into your room has a sense of meaning that makes it special to you. Eason White, an interior designer at Robuck Homes in Raleigh, gave me great advice on how to view your room’s aesthetic.
When picking out your colors make sure they are compatible with other colors. Having contrasting colors can create a sense of distance from your room, as if something is missing. A tip for keeping a consistent theme is to pick out the biggest piece of furniture in your room first and build off of that. If your bed is the biggest piece in your room, you want to pick the color of the comforter and then add your accenting throw pillows. Aesthetic Cont.
“Create a space that constantly inspires you and make sure all of your pieces communicate well with one another to create a perfect harmony in your unique design.” A neatly placed coffee mug with a tapestry back ground in a college dorm room. By Caroline Farrington
Aesthetic Cont. This will also help to decide what decor you should add around the space. Building off of singular items help to make your room symmetrical.
Having your favorite things that will help you tackle the hardships of college is what makes your room so personable. A space that is free of stress inComfort duced by school can have enormous When looking for things to put in your room, comfort should always be a key benefits on your way of living. Create factor in your decision-making process. the space that is perfect for you and will You want to make an environment that make you the most comfortable. Your is relaxing after a long day of class and room is the place that makes you feel at home when you’re away from home, so activities. You always want to make make it count. sure your bed has the essentials to give you the best sleep for a productive day. If your bedding is not comfortable it can hinder your sleep and make you restless at night. When choosing your bedding make sure the thread count is to your liking. If you get a threat count that is too low your sheet could feel like plastic creating a less enjoyable night’s sleep. HGTV had a great article that described the basics of buying sheets relating that the higher the threat counts the softer the sheets and the better you will feel. Another tip is to make sure your pillows and mattress are firm enough for you to help get a good night’s sleep. If your pillows and mattress aren’t firm A neat student desk Photo By Caroline Farenough, they can cause aches and rington pains. You should always try out your mattress and pillows in the store before Students How 2 deciding if they are the best fit for you. How to Do everything better, easier and cheaper Your room is essentially your best Studentshow2.wordpress.com friend in college, keeping you sane at times when school is too much.
How to get adjusted to dorm-style living By Jenna Juliano
t’s move-in day freshman year. You and your family pack in to your car that’s piled high with all your belongings and head off to embark on your college journey. Freshman year comes with many changes, including your way of living. Instead of living in a house where you have your own room, big kitchen and private bathroom, you are now sleeping arm’s-length away from someone else, sharing a shower with all the people on your hall and relying on the campus dining hall for all your meals. Getting adjusted to this new type of living can be rough, but here are some pointers on how to survive the dorm life.
at East Carolina University, states. “Add some LED lights, plants, a good mattress, anything really that gives it that hometown touch.” 3. Put effort into meeting the people on your hall. Making new friends is one of the best parts about college. Don’t be afraid to go doorto-door in your dorm, introducing yourself to everyone. “As an RA, I encourage them (freshman) to break out of their shell early to be able to enjoy college life more,” Anderson states. “I emphasize that academics are important but being involved is how you get the full experience out of college.”
1. Spend as little amount of time in the hall bathrooms as possible. Purchase a shower caddy so that you can easily transport your toiletries to and from the bathroom. Only go to the bathroom for necessary things, such as using the restroom, showering and brushing your teeth. Spend the rest of your time getting ready in your room, away from the steam and smell.
2. Add decorations to your dorm room. Make your dorm room feel cozy and homey. You would be surprised what adding a rug and string lights can do. If you tend to get homesick, bring a couple items to remind you of home. There is no shame in missing your parents and home town. The majority of college freshman are right there with you. “Make it your own, really, because it’s your home for the next year,” Erycka Anderson, a residence assistant Fleming Residence hall Photo By Jenna Juliano
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4. Figure out the best time in your day to wash your clothes. Make sure you are around when your clothes are in the wash. Nothing makes people more mad than when they are waiting to use a washer or dryer, yet none are available because people have left their washed or dried clothes just sitting in the machines. If you do this, do not be surprised if you find your clothes taken out and sitting on top of the machine. Be courteous of other people and set a timer so you know when your laundry is done. 5. Set ground rules with your roommate early on. Having that awkward conversation with your roommate is dreadful, but laying it all out on the table early can solve potential future issues. Living in such close quarters with someone can take some getting used to, but open communication will help the process. Delaney Hogg, college blogger and full-time student at
East Carolina University, states that being open and having honest communication with your roommate is important. She mentions that college is a learning period and living with someone else can really teach you a lot about yourself. Always remember to be considerate of each otherâ€™s belongings and personal space. 6. Most importantly, have fun. Dorm-style living is different than any other living arrangement you will encounter in your life. Becoming friends with the people on your hall, attending the activities your dorm hosts, and leaning on your residence assistant for support when you need them are recommended. Remember, you will most likely never get this type of living opportunity again.
How to dress for college By Rock Reck
hen dressing for college, we primarily think of throwing something on in the spur of the moment for a last-minute class. We tend to picture the classic Hollywood stereotype of stressed out, bed-head, rushed college kids running to class with a coffee faithfully in their hand. While this may be true for many students across America, I’ve decided to help those seeking any information on how to possibly step-up their style for their college experience. Whether it be last minute dress-ups or daily preparations, I’ve got you covered. Three East Carolina University students, Chrissy Mclarty, Matthew Belcher, and Ben Pilkington, have decided to help me with advice on style guidelines. Step 1 – Hair: When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you see when looking in the mirror Chrissy McLarty a 21 year old Fashion Merchandising Major at ECU Photo By Rock Reck is your hair. If you’re a guy like myself, then you most likely have short hair. For that, I personally recommend a quick wash with water, then dry with a towel and finish with pomade styling gel. For in-style haircuts for men that are quick and easy, check this out: https://www.menshairstylestoday.com/low-maintenance-haircuts-for-men/For our female readers, I recommend something quick to combat the longer hair. Dry shampoo works best if you’re running late, and of course — a hat. When asking 21-year-old Chrissy McLarty, her opinion, said, “I just like having my hair down but not really done, or pulled together in a ponytail.” This seems to be the most fashionable and quick way to get going in the morning, as you don’t necessarily need to dress to the nines for class. However, we have to at least look presentable!
go to the gym a lot after class, so I wear a lot Step 2 — Outfit: of gym clothes around school so i don’t have Next comes the clothes. If you’re anything to change. I also recommend wearing sneaklike me, you run everything last minute; ers for all the walking!” In college, you walk even your outfit. Matthew Belcher, 21, a more than you’d think. It’s probably best to sales assistant at From Marfa, spoke to invest in a nice pair of sneakers to keep your me about his opinions for college apparel. feet supported, but something classy to spice “I feel like college is mostly about being up your daily outfits. comfortable while you’re going to and from your classes on campus, or wearing what- Step 3 – Owning it: ever makes you feel good.” The final step is owning your outfit, and Simply put, wear whatever makes feeling confident in your image. No matter you feel comfortable. After all, you’ll most what you wear or how you look, you’re never likely be sitting in lecture classes for a ma- fully dressed without a smile and a positive jority of your day. mindset. Whether it be something simple But what about your style? Many or something complex, your outfit defines people have their very own go-to outfit for you. When speaking with a speaking with a college. According to Matthew, sales assistant at University Book Exchange, “depending on the weath- Ben Pilkington, 21, informed me, “You can’t er, a button-down shirt go wrong with shorts and a T-shirt, or jeans and some shorts.” and a T-shirt. Comfort is first priority, but When asking also keep in mind that first impressions are Chrissy, she said,“I important when you think about what you’re wearing.” This holds true, as many of us might run into a future employer on campus, or perhaps a future love interest. With this being said, our outfits are our ways of expression. Our mindset will show off our style more than anything we wear. So there you have it. Three simple steps to help change up your style, and possibly improve your outlook on clothing in college. What you wear is a freedom of expression unique to yourself. No one can take away your personality, and it will show off in your clothing more when you wear what you want to wear. Just remember, keep comfortable! Matthew Belcher, 21 year old sales associate at From Marfa Photo By Rock Reck
Fall 2019 Featuring articles on How to create a healthy space, how to get adjusted to dorm-style living and how to dress for college.
Published on Dec 2, 2019
Fall 2019 Featuring articles on How to create a healthy space, how to get adjusted to dorm-style living and how to dress for college.