1. Touch Up Your Laundry Skills:
I admit, my parents pampered me when it came to laundry. Understanding separating delicates and darks never struck my mind. I like to blame the Rugrats for this mindset. With complete honesty, it wasn’t until my week of departure that I coughed up courage and spent hours learning the ropes of the washer and dryer from my mom. I am forever grateful for that sacrifice of time. The most embarrassing thing to watch in a packed laundry room is a soap overflow, or a guy who mixes all of his white shirts with his girlfriends red socks. Learn the ropes with professionals while you are still under their wings.
2. Figure out your Banking Arrangements ahead of time:
Banks within one region of the country may lack availability in another. Unfortunately, I discovered this the hard way. But no fear! There are tons of banks within the BU parameters and they are very accessible. The following link will direct you to a list of local banking options available near/on campus http://www.bu.edu/students/finances/accounts-banking/. I would suggest selecting a banking service that is the same as a close relative – this makes transferring funds easier and less expensive.
3. Double check with your roommate on rooming necessities:
Some items such as fans, refrigerators, microwaves, televisions, etc. should not be duplicated within a small room. Share the love and save some pennies!
4. Buy an academic calendar:
From the moment your step on campus and receive your first syllabus deadlines immediately become a part of your life. Take a moment while you can to find an organizer that suits you.
5. Don’t be afraid to contact your COM Ambassador prior to school starting:
This is not a promo for the amazing Ambassador program but we are here to help. I couldn’t have made it through my freshman year without the help and humor of my COM Ambassador (shameless plug).
Looking forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks. Follow me on twitter @twalksbu.