Amanda Talbot ’15, student intern, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Amanda is from Newtown, Connecticut and is currently studying management and theatre. Her favorite color is yellow and she loves her pit bull/boxer mix named Tyson. Amanda is involved in PCTV as well as Student Congress on campus. She is looking forward to serving as an Orientation Leader for the upcoming Orientation program for the new Friar Class of 2018 this fall!
Dear Class of 2018,
We do not want to completely exhaust you with welcomes, but here in the S.A.I.L. Office, we just can’t help ourselves! We were delighted to meet most of you last month during advising days and are counting the hours until you all return to start your first year at Providence College.
Now, like any good student, we are sure that you (or at least maybe your parents) have begun thinking about what on earth a college freshman may need for his or her first year! If you have stood wonder-struck in the middle of a Bed, Bath and Beyond, you are not alone! As veterans of the college life, the 2014 Orientation Team has put together a comprehensive list of freshman must-haves to ensure a successful first year of college!
In Your Dorm:
“Pillows. Believe me!” – Reim ‘17
“Multiple bed sheets” – Ailyn ‘16
“A mattress pad for your bed!” – Megan ‘17
“Bed raisers so you can have extra storage under your bed” – Vince ‘15
“Posters and pictures for your dorm wall” – George ‘15
“A fan” – John ‘15
“Cleaning supplies. Three years in and I still don’t have a broom I can use to clean my apartment!” – Amanda ‘15
Get excited! This is your chance to completely redo your living and sleeping experience – so keep that in mind! College students NEED SLEEP, so make sure you are creating a comfortable, personal and clean zone that you (and your roommates!) can be happy in.
On your Person:
“A rain jacket and waterproof boots” – Bobby ‘15
“Snow gear for the crazy Rhode Island weather!” – Katcy ‘16
“Shower Shoes” – Eric ‘16
“Slippers” – Colleen ‘15
“Plenty of gym clothes for ‘fake gym days’” – Alexa ‘15
“Extra socks and underwear because they will disappear in the wash” – John ‘16
If you aren’t from Rhode Island, welcome, we’ve got great schools, amazing history and yes, crazy weather! Dress appropriately! Our most overwhelming piece of advice from the team included packing for crummy weather. Off-hand, we would also suggest downloading a few different weather apps on your phone!
In the Medicine Cabinet:
“Toothpaste” – Timothy ‘16
“Advil” – Mary ‘16
“A first aid kit” – Tayler ‘17
“Buy Flintstone vitamin gummies!” – Matt ‘15
These are all things you use all the time but forget that you need. When you get to college, you won’t have your mom’s Johnson and Johnson first-aid kit handy – so we suggest taking a trip to CVS and making your own!
On Your Desk:
“Phone and computer chargers.” – Ellen ‘15
“An Ethernet cord” – Bianca ‘16
“Headphones with a microphone so you can multi-task, and a warm blanket and body pillow” – Ryan ‘15
“A good set of headphones for Slavin and the library” – AJ ‘16
“A camera” – Ana ‘16
“School supplies” – Danielle ‘15
“Sport stuff to play with outside when the weather is nice” – Catherine ‘15
Yes, these may all seem obvious, but if they are listed here that means someone has forgotten them somewhere! Funny as it is, many students get so wrapped up in what housing things are needed, that they forget that they need some actual stuff for school too! Go ahead and dust off your Target school list from high school and grab some folders and pens!
In The “Kitchen”
“Plenty of snacks!” – Michael ‘17
“Spoons. The first week of school I couldn’t eat my yogurt in my room!” – Emily ‘16
“A reusable water bottle. We have tons of ‘hydration stations’ on campus to fill them up. Plus, it’s one less heavy thing to carry on move-in day” – Kelly ‘16
“Students should not forget to bring tissues (for the sniffles), real food (NOT just Easy Mac) and a stapler (so that their first essay isn’t held together by folded corners)” – Brittany M. ‘16
It’s true, you won’t have a kitchen your first year at school, but you can have a mini-fridge! Bring some snacks and a treat from home for a late night snack. Even though Alumni cafeteria closes at midnight, some students may need brain food later than that!
A Few Extra Thoughts
“THEIR PC ID!!!” – Emily ‘15
“Your retainer (if you wear one) because you will suffer when you have to put it back in” – Katie ‘15
“Don’t forget to bring a stress-ball. College can get intense.” – Sean ‘15
“An open mind” – Brianna ’15
“A positive attitude” – Skyler ‘17
A few miscellaneous but important things! Your ID is the most important thing you own at PC, so don’t leave it on your dresser at home!
So, there’s a list of some of the most important things to bring to Providence College from PC students! Happy shopping and we will see you in the Fall!