This post was updated April 2016.
I finally got him sent off to UNC Wilmington on January 7th. I haven't shed a tear because he waited that extra semester, (being a First Year Spring Admit), and I enjoyed having him at home for one semester, especially after a rigorous year of Varsity basketball practices and games his senior year. Last semester he took some community college courses but there wasn't too much community in community college--being entirely commuter based. I could see that he missed belonging to a larger group of friends and that yes, it was truly time for him to stretch his 6' wingspan and fly. (I do have a feeling that the first time he comes home for a break or a weekend, I just might realize how much I've missed him and tears will flow.)
Being the kind of mom who truly loves to create personal comfortable niches to nest in wherever I find myself, I spent a lot of time researching College Lists, compiling my own lists, scouring Pinterest, picking items up here and there, erasing items after returning them, and adding newly inspired things over the course of twelve months. Twelve months?! Yes! I actually began purchasing items throughout his senior year in high school -- long before we had any idea of where he'd be going! In doing so, I think we spent $50 the week we moved him into the dorm -- only grocery supplies, light bulbs and a few odds & ends. After moving him into that 10' x 16' dorm with a hall bath, I can see better what was needed and what wasn't. What he wanted and didn't want--and he sure did not want anyone to think that he needed much to turn a dorm into home-away-from-home. What I wanted to create and what he envisioned were two very separate things!
Below is a photo of MY idea, compliments of nymag.com! The next photo, HIS idea. Notice which one I stuck with...HIS idea. And he is right. Less is MORE in that little space. Will I edit this list after this semester...? Probably. ;)
My College List is just an opportunity to learn my mistakes! As with all lists, you will scratch off or add to your own. There is truly no "Right" or "Wrong" here. Because each child is different, what they deem as their "essentials" is just as different as well! Any item that I've mentioned where I purchased it from is simply for my own use -- it means that I hunted around and this was either the best place or best maker, and I want to remember it for my next college student. Follow my UNC Wilmington Parent board on Pinterest if you're interested in more of these ideas. Like this list? Here's a handy dandy Printable List.
Update, April 2016. I sure did edit! His sophomore year he moved to The Crossings. You can view my list of additions to this sophomore dorm on Pinterest.
Paper towel roll
Aloe vera gel
Gift cards for pizza, coffee, fast food off campus, Target etc.
*denotes optional throughout this list