At this time of the summer, I assume many of you are beginning to get anxious about what to pack and how best to help your student prepare for move-in weekend here at Michigan Tech. In about a month, Michigan Tech students will kick off their fall semester. If you are looking for further information about room assignments and hall information, please visit the Housing website to access this. The Housing website offers many great options for you and your students to look over, especially first-year students. You can take a photo tour of some of the residence halls, gain further information about dining services and living options, and read over some frequently asked questions.
What to/not to pack?
I strongly encourage students to begin the packing process as soon as possible. Taking time to make a list is a great idea, as it really helps to make sure you have covered everything and are not leaving anything behind. When thinking about what to pack as a first-year student, it may become a bit hectic. So parents, here are some overall categories to help break it down.
Notebook, binders, sticky notes, highlighters, pens, pencils, backpack, stamps/envelopes, stapler, etc.
Bedding (twin extra long to fit your residence hall mattress), small refrigerator, microwave, cleaning supplies, small garbage bags, tools, towels, and I would consider plenty of storage containers–you can never have enough! Storage containers are a huge help. You can use them under your bed, in the bottom of your wardrobe/closet, and as drawer dividers. They will help your student utilize all of their space.
Computer, possibly a printer (although you have access to printers at computer labs on campus), external hard drive, power strips, calculators, coaxial cable, alarm clock, camera, and a television.
Medications, shower caddy, first aid kit, and toiletry items.
Students should be sure to pack some warm attire! Make sure they bring warm winter coat, boots, hats, and gloves. Laundry rooms are available in each residence hall. Washing machines are free to all students and dryers are .25 cents per load. So, be sure your student brings laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover, quarters, and a laundry bag.
Last but not least, don’t forget your miscellaneous items. Students should be sure to bring their social security card, photo ID, health insurance card, and batteries. (And a snow shovel!)
Students will need their SS card and their ID if they would like to work on campus.