Dorm Life

Can I Stay in My College Dorm Room During Vacations?

Question: If I go to college more than 1,000 miles from home and I can’t afford to go home for vacations (or I don’t want to), can I stay in my dorm room? Policies vary greatly from college to college. Commonly, dorms will remain open during all of the shorter breaks (Fall break, Thanksgiving break, ...

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Last-Minute Room in the Dorm?

Question: What are the chances if you signed up for a DORM ROOM TO LATE? Im on a waiting list as of last week. Do you think its possible they will call me? This is a question for the Residence Life department at your college. “The Dean” has no way of knowing where you attend ...

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Pampered College Students

Okay. Let’s play “Remember When.” Every time I start to recall how things used to be “back in the day,” or my mind wanders to “the way we were,” I think of Tony Soprano. Why the odd connection? Well, if you are (or were) a Sopranos fan, you may recall (even remember) an episode entitled, ...

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Dorm Room Bedbugs: How to Beat Them

Ah, my memories of moving our kids into their dorms on their first freshman day at college. I think the one thing that I remember most is sweat. Late summer here in the Northeast is notoriously hot and humid. And, as luck would have it, both our daughter and son’s first-year dorm rooms were on ...

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Don’t Let College Move-In Day Bug You

Ah, my memories of moving our kids into their dorms on their first freshman day at college. I think the one thing that I remember most is sweat. Late summer here in the Northeast is notoriously hot and humid. And, as luck would have it, both our daughter and son’s first-year dorm rooms were on ...

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Back-to-School Survival Items

Here’s a quick afterthought to complement my two previous posts about packing for college. Whether you’re a first year freshman or a veteran senior, this back-to-school survival guide features the top 10 items you might have missed (or the stuff you purposely avoided) when shopping with mom. 1. Multivitamins – You will wish someone had ...

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A Crash Course in College Moving

We’ve talked about moving to college before here. However, one can never get too many tips to make things easier, as I discovered when we moved our two kids to college back in the ’90s. Now that it’s the middle of August, the countdown has begun to move on to college dorms and remove your ...

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Moving-to-College Tips

I was looking through some old photographs the other day and came upon one that made me laugh out loud. We were moving our daughter to college for her first year and after we had finished loading up the old ’85 Honda Accord, I took a picture of the car. It was ridiculous. Not only ...

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Summertime College Visits: Good Idea?

Many rising high school seniors and their families attempt to combine summer vacation traveling with college visits. From a logistical point of view, this makes sense. Parents’ free time is limited, especially in those households where both parents work. Planning a summer vacation excursion that includes routes through possible candidate colleges can be a fun ...

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America’s Most Expensive Dorms

Ever done the math? I haven’t. It might make for some fun (or painful) conversation (and decision making). I have always wanted to do a survey of college dorm costs. My plan (which I have yet to execute) would involve surveying a list of colleges, maybe the so-called “Top 25” (or 50) and finding out ...

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