Your dorm room is your sanctuary. It is truly your home away from home. Depending on what your schedule turns out to be, your dorm room is the place where you’ll spend the majority of your time.
Because you will spend so much time in your dorm you want to make it as comfortable as possible. You will be there when you wake up in the morning, when classes are done for the day, when you are getting ready to go out, and when you go to sleep. You should make your dorm just that, YOURS.
Decorate your walls with pictures of friends and family from home. You can always update them with new ones you take throughout the year. Choose comforters and sheets that match your personality. Load up your bed with pillows!
The best piece of advice I can give to you is to make your room uniquely your own, comfortable, and homey. This way when you come “home” after a long day of class you will feel comfortable and will be able to relax.
If your room is relaxing and comfortable then it will help you to feel right at home. This is especially important if that feeling of homesickness creeps into your life.
Take it from me, I got extremely homesick second semester after I got really sick and wound up in the hospital. I go to school hours away from home (two states away actually) so it wasn’t easy for me to go home.
My dorm room was part of what helped me to feel better. Whenever I would get back from class, the sorority house, or visiting with someone down the hall, I was surrounded by friendly, familiar faces that brought me comfort.
So, I can’t stress enough how important it is to make your dorm room a place you actually want to be. As long as you are comfortable, have smiling faces of friends and family on your wall, and can relax in your room, you should be set.
(Photo by prayitno under Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0)