BY JASON MOTA
Moving into an unfamiliar environment with people you don’t know can be stressful for anyone. Therefore, some of last year’s tenants of the Conestoga College Doon residence have a handful of tips that, hopefully, will make things a lot easier.
Quite a few people who lived in residence last school year agreed that moving in early was a must, despite it costing $200 more.
“You’re going to meet a lot of new people,” said Jessica Glen, an industrial electrical technician student. “And you get to do a lot of cool stuff, like Laser Quest, an amazing race around town, a Blue Jays’ game, the movies, there’s a bunch of fun stuff.”
“You can go and walk around the campus and check it out,” she said.
According to Lisa Hickmott, an executive office administration student, you shouldn’t over-pack when you move in.
“You think you need a lot of stuff, but you actually don’t,” she said. “I brought a lot of clothes – like everything in my wardrobe, and I don’t wear half of it up here.”
“A Brita filter. You need to buy a Brita because the water’s gross,” said Chelsea Rankin, a bachelor of public relations student, speaking in unison with Delaney Evans, who is in the nursing program. “And water bottles would just be a pain to recycle.”
“And get along with your roommate,” added Rankin.
Much of the advice given was about what you should bring when you move in – and there were a lot of suggestions, specifically for necessities that you might not think to bring at first.
For starters, bring a shower curtain – as one is not provided – otherwise you’ll get water everywhere.
“Mats, extra towels too, just in case you spill stuff. A Swiffer mop would really help too,” said Glen.
“Storage containers,” said Marijka Vincent, who works at the front desk. “A toaster oven works as well, and a blender.”
“The induction cookers you can get at Costco, they help a lot,” said Glen. “Also, I think it’s cool that (the college) is able to give us a shuttle run to the grocery store every Tuesday. It’s so helpful, especially since I don’t have a car.”
“The essentials you will kind of overlook,” said Vincent. “Like bedsheets, towels, kitchen towels, mats, shower gels, those little things, because you will need it, believe you me.”
“Because when you come in and you unpack everything and you realize, ‘oh crap, I don’t have this, I don’t have that.’ Even kitchen utensils, at Dollarama – that’s where I bought mine.”
Bring the essentials, don’t over-pack, and move in early. Sounds easy enough, but these things could be crucial to getting used to your new home as soon as possible.
Either way, you’re bound to figure many things out along the way, so focus on enjoying your time in residence.