Ah, university… the first, real stage of independence. You’ve moved out from under your parents, got a loan and are now a fully-functioning, grown human being. Terrifying. A ton of new opportunities are ready and waiting (if you can pull yourself out of bed). To help tone down the mind-numbing fear that will send you running back to the safety of your parents who are waiting with the dreaded and annoying “I told you so” here’s what you can do. Decorate your room. Seriously. Personalising your new living space will help you feel more at home and safer on those days when you just want to go back home.
Get a rug. A big, fluffy one. No one wants to wake up in the morning and go from toasty, warm bed to cold, hard floor. You’ll have a better time waking up and it will put you in a good mood to start your day, even if you have got 13 essays due. Whether you buy a soft, faux-fur one or a bobbly, football-shaped one your feet will appreciate it and so will you. It’ll help distinguish your personal space from your roommates or anyone else for that matter.
Make a collage on your walls. Frames are expensive and unnecessary. Filling up the plain, whitewash instead with lots of great pics of family, mates and inspirational quotes is cheaper and a nice way to wake up. You could even pin some fairy lights or any other bunting around the photos or around your headboard for a little extra. Put lots of motivational around your work area for when you really can’t write anymore about “Immunomodulatory Pathways and Metabolism” or something else that’s equally soul-crushing.
Sheets. Now, we all know your beloved dinosaur/Hannah Montana sheets are a deeply treasured possession but trust me when I say your mates, your roommate’s mates, monitors and drunken students will be in and out of your room constantly. Lots of department stores have a great selection of unisex covers that are simple but still cool, colourful and defining. Plus, there’s nothing better than having a comfy, inviting bed waiting for you after pulling an all-nighter (or the more likely scenario of drinking till you drop).
Aroma therapy. This one might be a little more for girls but candles work great as mood lighting or a relaxation technique. And trust me, you’ll need it. Scented candles are the best way to do this but you can go for sticks and perfumes. Quick note for all the guys: a girl will appreciate it if your room smells like cinnamon or apples rather than jagerbombs and Chinese takeout.
Accessories. There’s nothing wrong with accessorizing. Cushions are great for lounging on the bed without laying down because there’s no way your squeezing a sofa chair into your tiny room. Flowers brighten up anyone’s day. Cactuses are a fun buy too if you don’t want the guys bursting in on you watering your daisies. (They’re great for pranks as well…). Lots of funky stationary and notebooks will make your essay writing days a little more fun. Buy a teapot to welcome newcomers with a homey brew – it’ll calm the nerves and it’s a good way to make friends.