UNION, N.J., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- If you thought getting into college was stressful, wait until you try to fit all of your worldly possessions into a room the size of your closet at home and realize that you'll have to share it with someone else.
That is just one of many challenges you'll encounter along the academic superhighway called college. Things like picking a major, getting an internship and getting along with your roommate will come later. Here are the main challenges you'll be facing on the entrance ramp to college. The experts at Bed Bath & Beyond(R) have a few suggestions to avoid taking a wrong turn.
* Work with a comprehensive checklist. This will get you organized and help you decide what you need to shop for and what you can take from home. It will also have things that you may not have even thought you needed, like a fan for when there's no air conditioning in your dorm or an inflatable mattress for those visiting friends. You can find a checklist to "Equip Your Space(R)" in all Bed Bath & Beyond stores or at http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com. * Don't take it all with you. Bed Bath & Beyond offers their "Pack & Hold" service. You can shop at the Bed Bath & Beyond near home and then pick it up at a Bed Bath & Beyond store near your college or they can ship it directly to your school. Online, you can order all your college essentials and have them shipped to school on the date you select. * The trick is to make use of every corner and surface in your dorm room, high and low, to maximize space and storage. There is an over-the-door solution for everything from shoes to hats and an under-bed solution for sweaters, sheets and towels. Remember the space under the bed is your second closet; it just happens to be horizontal. * Contact your roommate and try to decide on a color scheme and who is bringing what so you avoid bringing doubles. You may not both like the same look but at least you can try to coordinate your bedding colors and themes. Visit the Dorm Decorating Ideas pages on http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com. If you hit a speed bump along the way, remember these tips: * A collapsible step stool can come in handy to reach the top of your wardrobe, bookshelves, and even the top of the SUV when you're ready to pack up for the summer. * When you get to your dorm room, cover your mattress with a quilted mattress pad, then a feather bed, and finally with your new sheets and comforter. You'll feel like you're sleeping at a four star hotel, not the freshman quad. * Remember to make a copy of all the important papers and keys you're taking and leave them home. It's a sure thing something will get lost at school and Mom or Dad will know where the extra set is. Overnight mail is a great thing.
Visit Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide or online at http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com and let the experts help make shopping for college and decorating your dorm room easy, simple and stress-free.
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