Overdoing the dorm move-in
This is the week when thousands of college students move into the dorms. Most of them show up with a moderate car full (or two) of stuff. But then there are the epic mover-inners -- college students who bring stuff that surprises residence hall directors and staffers who think they have already seen it all.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune had a story this weekend about a frosh who showed up to his Minnesota college (that went unnamed) with a semi. This was the same student whose parents asked if they could send an interior designer to take measurements of the room and do a complete makeover -- without asking for the roommate's opinion.
It's not the only odd move-in.
At Albright College in Pennsylvania, a student once hauled his dorm stuff in the family Winnebago. (Photo courtesy of Dave Johnson of Albright College.)
At Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, a student tried moving a full-size refrigerator into his 14-foot-by-14-foot dorm room.
"I couldn't help but ask him what he could possibly need it for, given the fact that the hall had only one small kitchenette with only a microwave and sink," said Erica Stephenson, associate director of residence life. "I mean, he wasn't going to be able to bake or anything, so what was he going to fill that refrigerator with? Oh, wait, I think I know."
At the University of Iowa, massive flat-screen televisions have become the norm, according to the Associated Press.
At Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, housing staffers have fielded lots of odd requests to alter on-campus apartments: One mother wanted to install sliding shower doors. Some have asked if they can re-upholster the dorm furniture. One parent wanted to remove the carpet and install hardwood floors. Lots of parents have hired maids.
Mansfield University in Pennsylvania has seen lots of students trying to sneak pets (ferrets, tarantulas, boa constrictors, you name it) into the halls. And highway signs are a popular dorm decoration.
At Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, one student asked for permission to bring his own personal compact clothing dryer.
These examples are extreme, but there is a move-in crime that most students are guilty of: Bringing way too much stuff.
What not to pack:
Do not bring childhood mementos, like that first-grade trophy, advises the Oklahoma Daily.
Avoid bringing any more furniture, even an extra chair, because chances are it won't fit, suggests the Sun Sentinel.
Don't bring anything that might be forbidden -- "pets, firearms, unsanctioned microwaves and hot plates, unsafe loft building materials, explosives, halogen lamps, illegal drugs, proof of extraterrestrial life, etc.," says Jayce Scott of North Carolina State University.
Leave your book collection at home because you really won't have much time to read during the semester, and "no one will care that you read Ayn Rand in high school," advises Andy Boyle of the St. Petersburg Times.
Skip anything that you don't use all of the time, the Star Tribune suggests. "Most dorms barely have enough storage space for oft-needed items. Skis, golf clubs and the sousaphone are best left at home. ... If you have to choose between an ironing board or an Xbox, go with the latter."
Have you seen anything ridiculous hauled into a dorm? Any tips for what not to bring to campus? Let me know in the comments.
August 16, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories: College 101 | Tags: Albright College, Birmingham-Southern College, College 101, Mansfield University, North Carolina State University, Sewanee, Susquehanna University, University of Iowa
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