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  • What to Bring to College

    Even though your senior year hasn’t yet ended, I’m sure many of you are wondering what to bring to school.  I remember being nervous amount the amount of space in my dorm room.  At home, I have my own closet and bedroom, and space had never really been an issue before.  As school approached, I knew I had to buy storage items that would help me save space.  In this post, I want to give you some insight as to what to bring to U of I in the fall.

    First, I recommend bringing storage bins that will fit underneath your bed.  This is a huge space saver!  It’s easy to store sweats, work out clothes, sweaters, shoes, and extra toiletrees underneath your bed.  I recommend checking out Target or The Container Store for these types of bins.  You’ll find them in a variety of sizes and colors.

    Second, bring stacking hangers.  These hangers are long and you can hang multiple pairs of pants or shirts on them without taking up more space in your closet.  Here is a link to these hangers so you get a better idea of what I’m talking about: http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_011W946214110001P?sid=KDx20070926x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=011W946214110001

    Third, bring a shoe rack to hang in your closet.  This will save space, keep your shoes organized, and reduce the amount of clutter on your floor.  I’ve had the same shoe rack since freshman year and I think it works great!  I use a shoe rack very similar to this one: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=10207673

    Fourth, you’re in the College of Business, which means you’ll need to bring a suit to school along with a few nice shirts to go underneath.  As the years go on, you’ll build your professional wardrobe, but it is important to start with the basics.   I recommend bringing a black suit with maybe a white, blue and one other color shirt to go underneath.  If you shop around, there are some great deals on professional clothing out there!  You may also want to look into bringing a padfolio to store your resumes in.  You will need one for interviews and also when attending the Career Fair.  They are available for sale at the bookstores on campus so you can purchase that once you are here.

    These are just a few suggestions – hopefully it’ll help with your shopping!  Remember to pack a few orange tshirts too!