In exactly two weeks from today, I’ll be in Ithaca, New York, preparing to move into my dorm on Friday, August 22nd. While I’m looking at pictures of everybody else’s dorms, my mom is bugging me about my somewhat lax approach to move-in. But here are a few reasons why I’m not freaking out.
Since I’m flying from Texas to New York, I can’t buy everything here. My whole family is coming, so technically I can strong-arm them into loading my stuff into their suitcases, but I’d rather wait until we get to New York to buy the most important (and largest) things. I think this is perfectly okay because:
1. We’re flying there two days early for the sole purpose of buying what I need.
Plus, we’re not even flying directly into Ithaca–we’re staying about an hour away. I’m honestly not worried about stores selling out of stuff because I would assume they know from experience how much they need to stock to appease the hundreds or thousands of kids that fly from faraway locations.
2. I’m a minimalist as far as decor goes.
I don’t feel obligated to acquire tons and tons of wall art or matching throw pillows or anything of that nature. In fact, I’ve never been very interested in making a room feel overly comfortable. At camp, I always had the bare side of the room, failing even to hang up pictures of family and friends. I’m not even particularly attached to my bedroom here at home! As long as things are in harmony and look tasteful, I’m happy.
3. I know that most people bring much more than they will end up using.
As a result of five years of living on a college campus for extended periods of time (3-5 weeks), I know how dorm life will be. During these summer intensives (in layman’s terms, ballet camp) we ate at dining halls, did our laundry, etc. Basically it was college, but there were dance classes instead of academic classes. Point is, I know exactly what I need to bring and exactly what will start collecting dust. My reasoning is that if I find I really need something, I can buy as I go. I’ve never been inclined to buy superfluous items and I’m not about to start.
In conclusion, I have a good idea of what I need and shopping is always easier when you have a mission. So I refuse to let anyone look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I haven’t bought much yet. It’s my room. MINE.