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Don’t Stay Up All Night Doing Stuff Other than Work

September 30, 2011

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Freshmen year, I had a few friends who would literally stay up all night doing the dumbest shit during the week like play poker, drink, watch movies, or be out with girls. I don’t understand it at all, and a few of them were on academic probation. You’re better off just sleeping and if you can’t sleep, do something at least a LITTLE more productive. If you do that, you’re probably gonna end up sleeping all day and missing classes. So either sleep at night, or do something that will at least semi-help you.

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Talk About Next Year’s Housing in Advance

September 30, 2011

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So if you’re a freshman, once you make your friends and a month or two goes by, start talking about sophomore housing. What I mean is, try to establish who you’re gonna be living with in advance so by the time it comes to pick (March), you won’t be having problems. I think my friends and I started talking about it in October, maybe even before. It’s good to get a general idea about it, especially if like one of your friends is weeded out of your group. But yeah, it’s honestly never too late to start thinking about that, especially if you and your friends wanna live in the same place, a different place, off-campus, etc. Figure it out in advance and you’ll have less problems when it comes time to pick.

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Don’t Be a Douche to Your Hall Director

September 30, 2011

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So not only will you have an RA, you’ll have a hall director, who’s a higher-up from an RA and basically oversees everything that happens in your building. Ours ended up being a pretty nice guy and very understanding if anyone got into trouble or was written up. So even if he/she’s the dumbest, meanest, most oblivious person, don’t be a jerk to your hall director. I know people who were hanging at a different dorm and got into a conflict with that dorm’s hall director because they thought they were drinking when they weren’t and he wrote them up. What happened was, our hall director talked it out with them and was really empathetic, and it ended up all working out. A bunch of people in my dorm and I were written up for really dumb, unfair things by these 2 RA’s in our building during 24-hour quiet hours, and my hall director had a meeting with everyone. He wanted to hear our side and work out a compromise so there wouldn’t be an issue again, and he cleared our record if we met with him. Realistically, you never know when you might need them, so be nice to them and don’t bother them.

 

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Hooking Up with Friends on Your Floor

September 30, 2011

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As my girl Mila Kunis says about the “friends with benefits” lifestyle, it’s “great in theory, bad in execution”.

The same thing kinda applies when you decide that you think your neighbor is hot and you wanna hook up with them. There were people on my floor who did this and they started going out (actually it was this whole group of friends. They ALL started dating each other, it was kinda weird lol).Some of them are still together, so it’s possible to maintain a relationship, but some aren’t. If you break up, it’s gonna be really, REALLY awkward. People are gonna start taking sides and it’ll be a mess.
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it. You can do whatever the hell you want. It’s your life. I’m just saying that if, hypothetically, something goes wrong, it’s gonna have a lot more negative consequences than positive. Just before you do it, think about how it’ll be when you see them every day for the whole school year.

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Tips for Living with a Roommate

September 30, 2011

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This is very important. One of the MOST important things in my book. If you and your roommate don’t have a mutual understanding of how you go about your life, then it just ain’t gonna work out. My roommate and I never had issues with each other because we compromised on stuff. Here are a few things you should know for when you get your roommate:

1) Don’t take their food/drinks unless they say it’s okay, and even if they don’t mind, don’t use eat/drink ALL of what they have. They let you share it, not steal it.

2) If you bring girls/guys back, give them fair warning. A friend of mine walked in on his roommate multiple times while he was in bed with some chick. I’m sure none of you want that, so send a text being like “hey, I need the room if that’s okay” so they have fair warning.

3) If you have a boyfriend/girlfriend and they come to visit, you’re more than likely gonna want the room for the weekend/night, whatever. Make sure that is brought up well in advance, and that your roommate is okay with leaving the room. (and also, make sure you lock the door if you’re doing the deed. You’ll have friends who will just open your door and walk in whenever they want, and no one wants that)

4) If your roommate is studying/busy with schoolwork, leave the room to talk on the phone/talk on the webcam. If you’re listening to music, put your headphones in. It’s distracting and if they did it to you, you’d probably be annoyed. Besides, most of the time they probably don’t wanna hear your full conversation. Mostly, just ask before you do these things and you’ll be fine.

5) If you have earlier classes than them and have to get up earlier, try to be quiet. If you’re making a shitload of noise, your roommate’s gonna wake up and well, that sucks.

6) Don’t be a pig. If you’re messy, whatever. Just make sure your mess is on YOUR side of the room and you don’t have clothes in the middle of the floor.

7) Obviously don’t use any of their stuff without asking unless you both are cool with taking stuff from each other. My roommate and I pretty much were but I’d always ask anyway and vice-versa.

8) If something’s bothering you, don’t be afraid to tell them. Just be nice about it, obviously.

To sum it up: If you respect them, they’ll respect you. If you have issues with your roommate that can’t be resolved, then talk to your RA about getting a room swap. It sucks if you are put in that position, but take care of it early and you’ll be alright.

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Deal With Friend Conflicts ASAP

September 30, 2011

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It’s one thing if you’re in a fight or some kind of conflict with your friend in high school. Unless they’re in your classes, there’s no reason for you to see them. In college, you’re most likely living in the same building as this person, so it makes it ten times harder. The best thing for you to do if you or your friends find yourself in this situation is to call that person into your room, and talk to them one-on-one. In high school, we might be a little less mature about how we deal with our friends, but in college, you learn to be much more mature about dealing with these kinds of things. The only way it’s gonna get resolved is if you talk to them right away and in person. You can only keep things from someone from so long before they somehow get out into the open. So if there’s every a problem, deal with it right away before it gets worse.

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Don’t Attach Anything to your Ceilings

September 29, 2011

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Before you go and start decorating and putting lights and other ridiculous things in your room,STOP. There’s probably an easier way of going about this lol. My roommate and I had the most outrageously decorated room for Halloween and Christmas. Legit. We had lights everywhere, and for Christmas we had one of those mechanical deer in the corner LOL. So yeah, needless to say, our room was kind of a fire hazard. The thing is, there might not necessarily BE asbestos on the ceilings, but the university wants you to take that precaution just in case, so you’re technically not allowed to have stuff hanging on the ceiling. We got a warning, which should have been a fine, from the school’s fire safety or the stuff on our ceilings lol, so we had to rearrange our stuff. You might not be so lucky, so when you’re decorating for whatever, make sure you think before you put stuff up. I don’t think you want a couple-hundred dollar fine.

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Be cautious about your RA

September 29, 2011

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I lucked out because my RA was freakin’ awesome hah. In the other wing, everyone wasn’t so lucky hah. In my building, we had 2 RA’s per floor, one for each wing. You might be lucky like I was and get a really chill, personable RA who you’ll be cool with, or you’ll get a power-tripping control freak, which means if you’re doing anything in your room that you’re not technically supposed to be doing like drinking or smoking weed, you need to be extra cautious.
One instance of something stupid that happened was, these kids had a shopping list of alcohol and it had their names on the back. The list got lost and it ended up on the floor and the RA found it, so she taped it on her door and was basically like “Some idiot was dumb enough to leave this on the floor. I know who you are, and if I suspect anything, you’re all getting reported, blah blah blah”.

Another example of why you need to be cautious is because you might get angry at them, and take it out on them, and it’ll be fairly obvious and they’ll call you out on it. This kid was written up twice so he indirectly insulted his RA on his dry erase board on his door, basically so his RA and the rest of the RA’s would see it, and he was called out on it. I personally don’t condone that lol. I think it’s really dumb. If you have an issue with them, just talk to them about it.

To sum it up: If you’re gonna do shit in your room like drink and smoke or whatever, at least be careful about it. If they see you, they don’t really have a choice but to hold you accountable for it.

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Treat Your Maintenance People Respectfully

September 29, 2011

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All the maintenance people who worked in Nicholas last year were, in my opinion, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They were extremely nice and got their job done. Of course there were always people who complained about them and how they didn’t clean up enough and blah blah blah blah blah. Honestly, those people who complained in my building were the ones making the bathroom stalls look like it was attacked. So treat them respectfully. It’s not the best job in the world but they do their jobs well and come into the buildings every week day smiling and friendly. Even if you get people in your building who don’t do as good of a job as you’d like, and I guess if those idiots learned to clean up after themselves for once, they’d have less to complain abou

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What to Bring

September 29, 2011

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What a better way to make the 100th Rutgers Tip than to make it the most important one of all! I could have copy and pasted freshmantips’s list, but a lot of the stuff was excess and well, I’ll give you a more centralized list)

BED STUFF
-XL twin bed set (comforter, sheets, a fitted sheet, pillow cases)
-mattress pad (makes the bed much more comfortable)
-pillows (I had 2, I’m getting another next year)
-extra set of XL twin sheets (just in case you don’t wanna do laundry
-extra blanket/snuggie
-optional: some of my friends had those cotton sheets that are for bed bugs. I never had or heard anyone have problems because of the mattresses, but it’s a good precaution.

DESK/COMPUTER STUFF
-laptop (as opposed to a desktop)
-lap desk/cooling fan (I’m buying one for next year. Will definitely come in handy if you wanna sit on your bed, which I and many others do a lot)
-laptop case
-printer (this is semi-optional. The school gives you money to print but I had the printer so I brought it)
-printer paper
-an extra set of printer ink
-ethernet cable OR router (go for the router but avoid NETGEAR… it sucks)
-a USB flashdrive
-surge protector
-pencils/pens/highlighters/a black sharpie
-plenty of post-it notes
-tape dispenser/extra tape
-cup to hold the pencils and such on your desk (my roommate had a desklamp that had a holder for this stuff. It was pretty neat)
-stapler
-extra staples
-paper clips (and those black and silver type clips. They’ll come in handy)
-a few envelopes/stamps
-pencil bag to keep the shit in you bring to class

FOOD
-easy mac. Lots… and lots… of easy mac.
-water bottles (trade off with your roommate who’s gonna buy the packs when you run out)
-tea, lemon juice, honey
-a mug
-plastic plates/utensils
-popcorn
-chips/salsa
-pretzels
-oatmeal (Quaker makes super awesome oatmeal to go that you just microwave.)
-granola bars
-basically whatever snack food you have
**a bin or something to keep it all so it doesn’t take up a bunch of space on your dresser

BATH STUFF
-shower caddy
-washcloths
-enough shampoo/conditioner/soap
-an ample amount of shaving cream
-razors/extra blades
-SHOWER FLIP FLOPS
-Multiple towels
-toothbrush (and maybe an extra normal one if you use a spin brush. I had one that broke twice :| )
-toothpaste + extra
-mouthwash
-floss + extra
-obviously tampons/pads for the ladies. 
-whatever type of facial cleaner you use.
**Anything you use in your shower, bring, and bring extras.

CLOTHES/SHOES/ETC
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hangers
-all your shorts
-all your jeans/pants (even the nicer stuff
-plenty of t-shirts (for the ladies: some days you’re not gonna wanna look nice lmao)
-sweatshirts you know you’re gonna wear
-all your underwear
-plenty of socks
-sneakers
-flip flops
-regular shoes
-rainboots
-specifically for the ladies:
-all your skirts
-all your nice shirts
-any type of jean jacket/leather jacket/nice sweaters or whatever that you have
-boots, heels, nice flip flops, flats
-dresses. All of them
-belts
-all your bras
-a small purse or clutch to bring to parties
**seriously. bring everything you have, even if you think it’s ridiculous, you’ll end up making use of it for a party
-for the fellas:
-any type of polo shirts you have
-any button down shirts/dress shirts
-nice pants/trousers
-nice shoes
-belts

CLEANERS
-lysol spray
-lysol wipes
-swiffer dust and shine wood spray
-a rag you can use for the swiffer spray
-a vacuum
-a broom/dust pan if your dorm will be hard floor. The towers in Livingston have hard floors, I know.

MEDICINE
-allergy pills
-cough medicine
-sore throat medicine
-theraflu
-aspirin
-tylenol/advil
-bandaids
-neosporin
-tissues
-an ice pack
-optional: if you can find aloe gel, bring it. It’s AWESOME.

LAUNDRY
-laundry detergent
-dryer sheets
-bra bag for the ladies (if you don’t know, you put your underwear and bras in there and it cleans them a little more delicately)
-drying rack (good for drying nicer shirts that might otherwise shrink in the dryers)

HAIR STUFF AND MISCELLANEOUS BEAUTY PRODUCTS
-jewelry/makeup, etc (ladies. I don’t wear jewerly or makeup ever. I found myself pulling out what I had for parties sometimes. Bring it just in case!)
-lotion
-hair dryer
-straightener/curling iron/etc.
-perfume/cologne/spray
-hair spray
-mousse
-hair gel
-hairbrushes
-extra hair ties/headbands/bobby pins/clips
-if you can buy a bigger mirror, bring it. I was too short to really use the ones they have in the dorms.
-a little mirror
-nail clippers/tweezers/nail file
**anything you use or think you might use, bring it.

MISC.
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a floor lamp or 2 (seriously, the dorm lights make you feel like a prisoner
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hooks (those 3M hooks work really well. I’d get 2 packs of them)
-if your dorm has no air conditioning, bring a box fan or 2. If it does, I’d still bring a small fan just in case it breaks. It happens.
-DON’T BRING TRASHCANS/RECYCLING. The university will give them to you fo’ free!
-trashbags
-pictures/posters/whatever you want on your wall
-your phone chargers, iPod chargers, whatever chargers
-batteries (if you use a graphing calculator)
-sunglasses
-umbrella
-TV (a small one)
-picture frames
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an extra bin to keep extra stuff in
-a calendar
-a dry erase board for the outside of your door/dry erase markers
-plastic water bottles (you probably got one at orientation—keep it!)
-an iHome
-alarm clock if you don’t use your phone alarm
-social security card/insurance card/driver’s license/YOUR RUTGERS ID
-As a commentator pointed out condoms (better safe than sorry)

some tips:
-don’t overpack. Bring what you know you’re gonna use
-if you can, bring some of your warmer stuff with you if you don’t foresee yourself going home before the middle of October
-Buy an ID holder or put it in your wallet if it’s small. But if you DO, buy a lanyard at the bookstore so you can keep everything in one place.
-memorize your ID number. Like I’ve said before, it’s really helpful
-you really don’t need a bunch of extra plastic drawers or any of the gimmicky stuff they sell in stores. You do get a decent amount of space.

To sum it up: Read through the list. If you have any questions, let me know!

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