• Tell Your Friends

By now, most college students have either started school or are slowly coasting toward midterms (this trusty intern certainly is). The group projects have been assigned, people have unofficially designated “their spot” in the library, and if you’re a parent at home you may be lamenting (or celebrating) your now-empty nest.

No matter what time of year, you can still find plenty of ways to spruce up your dorm or first apartment. Image courtesy of Dormify.com

There is however, one last bit of advice I’d like to bestow on college students looking to make the most out of their dorm room or first apartment….

Make Friends!

I mentioned before that making a couple of friends in the art program is an easy way to snag a few custom pieces of wall decor for your space, but there are hundreds of other things friends are good at:

  • Teaching you how to cook (or cooking for you)
  • Helping you move in or out
  • Cleaning
  • Picking out decorations
  • Pulling all-nighters together
  • Bringing snacks to study sessions
  • Helping you move that really heavy entertainment center
  • Anything, everything!

Maybe it’s the fact that everyone is out of their comfort zone or perhaps it’s just all of those motivational speeches they give at orientation, but there’s always a sense of community on a college campus. People are super nice and typically more than happy to help out complete strangers. With all the friends you’ll make, you’ll have to decorate so you can host get-togethers with your slew of new friends!

Good luck to the new students this fall and to parents sad to see their kids leaving home: don’t worry, they’ll be back soon (especially if its laundry day)!

The Complete Dorm Daze Series

More on dorm room/first apartment decorating from our blog:
College Prep: Dorm Room Decorating Ideas
Brian Patrick Flynn: Collegiate Patterns
My 5 Fantastic Back-to-School Finds For Your Study Space
Six Superb Apartment Sized-Sofas That Are Life Savers

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Jessica YonkerJessica Yonker is a editor for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on Chopped. Like...

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