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Most states have scholarships, which are available only to residents of that particular state. This information is usually available through the high school counseling center, but can also be accessed through your state government's web pages. From the state's main page you need to find their department of elementary and secondary education.
Use free online services to find scholarships. Many services start with a comprehensive survey. It is advisable to have a parent available to answer your questions when you are completing the parent section. Links to these sites are listed in the Links section of Student-tips.com .
You will need all of the toiletries you normally use at home. Add shower shoes and a bathroom caddy and you will be set for the communal type bathroom. If you have a private bathroom, you may need to bring your own shower curtain. Since your towels will be hanging in your room, coordinate them with your bedding. Be aware that extra fluffy towels can be difficult to dry and use lots of quarters on laundry day. Collect common items such as a thermometer, aspirin, band-aids, and cold remedies to make your personal medicine cabinet.
When organizing for your move from home to the dormitory make a checklist of what you need. Communicate with your roommate to keep from duplicating larger items. Lable your belonging with your name and make a list of serial numbers on electronic devices. Check items off when they are packed to go to school and again when you pack to move out of your dorm.
Not only will you need laundry supplies such detergent, bleach and softener, but you will need a laundry basket, hangers, and a roll of quarters. For cleaning your dorm room you will need paper towels and glass and surface cleaners. Mops, brooms, and vacuums are often available for check out in the dorm, but you might want your own small hand broom and dustpan.
Prepare for the barrage of college information packets you will receive during your junior and senior years of high school. A cardboard box or plastic crate will help you organize your file folders for each school that looks like a possibility. Arrange the schools alphabetically for easy retrieval. Keep another box handy for those schools that you eliminate. You may want to reevaluate them later.
Plastic totes that fit under the bed are handy for storing items that don't fit in your closet or chest of drawers.
An over the door clothes hangar will expand your hanging capabilities.
Posters and family pictures dress up your room.
A tool kit complete with duct tape, screwdriver and hammer helps solve many problems.
Many dorms allow students to free up precious floor space by building lofts for their beds. The housing office often supplies the directions or the sets may be purchased from upper classmen as they move out of the dorm.
An interview is mainly a conversation. The interviewer is interested in you as a prospective student and the way in which you respond to the questions, not in asking trick questions. Most questions will be the easy common ones concerning why you want to go to that institution, what your goals are, and your interests. Often there is a reflective question such as "What was your research paper in senior English and what did you discover through the project?" Be relaxed and confident. Follow the same steps you would for the night before a big test: get plenty of rest, have everything you need laid out and ready to the night before, give yourself plenty of time to get to the appointment. A smile and good eye contact will help you make a good impression.
Avoid having to reread entire college packets to relocate important information. Make notes on the outside of each file folder of high priority information such as application and scholarship deadlines and tuition costs for that school. After you have narrowed your schools of interest it will be easy to transfer this information to a chart.
Although many national scholarship applications processes do not allow any “window dressing” on their applications, local scholarship committees are often impressed and influenced by applications that have a special look. You might design a cover sheet for your scholarship application, which includes the name of the scholarship, your name, the date and a color photograph of you. Place the entire application in a clear presentation folder or notebook. Your extra effort will not go unnoticed.
Most dorm rooms provide phone service and the phone jack, but you will need to provide the phone. Personal computers are very helpful, but most campuses have computer labs within or near the dorms for student use. If you bring your stereo system or TV, be a good neighbor and also bring your headphones. Other helpful items include extension cords, surge protectors, electric strips, alarm clock, and calculator.
Dorm closets are notoriously small. Take only the clothes you like to wear. (If you don't like it you won't wear it.) Casual wear will be appropriate for classes and most college activities. If you will be able to go home occasionally, pack for one season and switch out clothes for the next season when you go home. You can span any seasonal gap by layering clothes. Remember your rain gear. Bring a small sewing kit for sewing on buttons or making repairs. Check with your dorm about communal irons and ironing boards. If they are not available you will need an iron. Your bed or a sleeve board can take the place of a full sized ironing board.
Most dorms have extra-long twin sized beds. For the best fit get the extra-long twin sheets. (Full sized sheets will work, but take extra time and effort to stay neat.) You will also need your personal pillows and covers. Find a bed ensemble that you like and decorate your room around it. You will spend a lot of time in your dorm room, make it comfortable and visually inviting.
Essentials for your dorm room kitchen include: silverware, plates, glasses, bowls, paring knife and a can opener. Then you need something to heat water, such as an immersion heater, a coffee pot or microwave oven. Your grocery list will depend upon your cooking and storage capabilities. Many dorm dwellers are opting to have a personal refrigerator. Check with your roommate before investing in a ‘fridge or microwave to avoid duplication. Even the most basic pantry will include dry soups and drinks, which can be mixed with hot water to make a meal.