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Friday, November 30, 2012

College: Winter Break Advice

It's that time of year again. Time to start getting ready to go home for winter break. It's an exciting time, the break between semesters. Thanksgiving break isn't nice, but with the homework and stressing about finals, it's not really a break. Here is some advice on how to get ready to go home.

Turn in any necessary paperwork 
If there's anything that you need to turn in about going home or living arrangements for next semester, make sure to get it in on time.

Pack anything and everything you'll need for home 
Make sure you have any clothes, toiletries, personal supplies, electronics, chargers, and everything else that you need at home. If you're planning on bringing up extra stuff after break, you might want to leave a little extra room in your suitcases for it. 

Make travel arrangements and don't forget to budget money for it 
If you're not driving yourself home, make sure to find and settle plans with a ride ahead of time. Don't forget to budget money for gas and food on the trip. Don't wait until the last minute because you might not be able to catch a ride. Everyone leaves at different times and cars can fill up fast.

Do anything required by your dorm
If you live in the dorms, make sure to attend any meetings, talk to your resident adviser, check out properly, and do anything else that's required by your personal dorms. Here we have so sign up for a check-out time a week or so in advance. In addition to the normal check-out right before we leave, we also have to do preliminary check-outs ahead of time. 

Clean the room
It's a lot better to come home to a clean room after break, so make sure to get everything organized. Change the sheets, make the bed, dust everything down, organize your desk, throw out any clutter that has accumulated over the year, and vacuum, sweep, and mop the floors. If you're not planning on taking any laundry home, make sure you get all of it done before you leave.

Defrost the fridge
Clean out all the food out of your fridge. You're probably going to have to unplug it while you're gone and the last thing you want to come back to is a disgusting mess. Put a towel underneath, unplug it, and let all the ice melt inside. Give it a good final clean if required.

Get rid or take home any food
If you have any perishable food, make sure to either throw it out or pack it to take home. You don't want to come home to any rotting or stale food. Nonperishable food is okay to leave, as long as its safely sealed and organized.

Make sure to unplug everything 
Before you leave, unplug everything. Give all the outlets a final glance to make sure that everything is out. This is also a chance to check and make sure that you have all the chargers that you need.

Do a last-minute check to make sure you haven't forgotten anything 
Make sure that you have everything you need before you leave. Here, once you check-out you have to leave the building and you're not supposed to come back in. Make sure that you have any house keys, wallet, identification, luggage, and anything else you might need.