Once you're unpacked, it's a good time to finish business like getting your phone or internet connected, getting financial aid in order, getting a parking permit, buying books, participating in Welcome Weekend activities or Residential Life programs, getting to know your roommate(s), attending your first floor meeting, and getting some rest before classes start.
Connect to Cable TV, Internet, and Telephone Services
Wright State University prides itself on its use of technology for students to stay connected and engaged in and out of the classroom.
We offer a variety of services in and out of the residence halls to connect to campus resources while with us.
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Decorate Your Room
A Parent and Student Guide to Helping Make the Residence Hall Room Like Home
Ask any parent who has lugged every item their college-bound child owns into a residence hall room and you hear the same responses: why did we bring so much stuff and how can it possibility fit into such a small space?
The "College Packing Season" is upon us and now is a good time for parents and students to make the first big college decisions about what and how much to take.
You can create a functional, yet pleasing, room! Usually freshmen take entirely too much because they feel they have to have everything they own. The trick is to stay organized from the beginning.
Here are a few tips and items that can help you:
- Stow stuff in plastic containers that go from the car directly for use in the room
- Clear plastic makes for easy identification of contents
- Shallow, yet elongated bins are ideal beneath beds
- Stackable units with pullout drawers double as night tables
- 25-foot Ethernet cords for network connectivity will reach most connections
- Large pillows with arms are good for reading
- Laundry baskets hold dirty clothes much better than the floor
- Plastic shower caddies are good for keeping your toiletries private
- Remember: Less is better. It is much easier to return home for missed items than to start your school year with anxiety and worry about taking too much, storing it, or returning it back home.
Advice for Homesickness
You have not been away from home much and now you are heading off to college. The following are some ideas, tricks, and tips and ways to cure yourself, just in case you are feeling homesick.
Skype is a great way to get in contact with friends and family back home and around the globe. You can IM, voice chat and even video chat. To sign up for a Skype account, click here.
Calling and talking to whom ever you miss the most will make you feel good inside. Hearing actual words and realizing that you are missed as well, does make you feel wanted and more confident about yourself while you have to be away from home.
This allows yourself to express your need to let someone know you care. It releases stress within you, alleviating some stress about being away from home.
Have your local newspaper delivered to your dorm room/mailbox at the college. You will be able to read about all the happenings in your hometown, and keep up on current events.
Go home once a month for the first five or six months—just over night or on the weekends. You will slowly notice that nothing much will change while you are away at school, and you may even notice that you feel more at home 'away' at Wright State as you make friends and new acquaintances.
Students that get homesick will generally feel better as time goes on, and as your schedule gets more hectic, you will wish for home as a stress relief!