Heading off to college and living on your own is an exciting experience, but it doesn’t take long before homesickness kicks in. And having your dorm room resemble a cinder block doesn’t help at all! You will be spending more of your time in a dorm than home, so it’s important to feel comfortable in your own space. And for some SUNY students this fall, brand-new residence halls awaited their August move-ins (lucky!).
While some residents choose to go all-out decorating their room, others keep the “classic” blank walls and clear floor. From my personal experience living in a dorm for 3 years, I think I’ve struck a perfect balance and put together some tips to make the space a little more comfortable to share with you!
Below are five ways you can create a warm environment in your dorm and make it feel like home:
Comfy Bed. Your bed will be the epicenter of your room and the best way to feel at home is to sleep comfortably. Invest in decorative comforters, colorful sheets and comfy pillows to jazz up your space. Add a memory foam pad to add a layer of comfort if your bed lacks the proper cushion you’re used to. A blanket is almost a necessity when nights get chilly and you’re up studying. Don’t forget to add your favorite mementos like a stuffed animal to remind you of home!
Shaniese Alston was a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York for the fall 2013 academic semester while a student at the University at Albany.