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Aug 26 2016

Tips for Move-In

by blogemu

Written by: EMU student, Stephanie Bardoni

EMU move-in

Moving on campus was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. Now in my senior year, this is my fourth year living on campus; two years in a residence hall and two years in the on-campus apartments. Living on campus allows me to live where I learn, and be a part of a supportive community of students and friends who I’ve built relationships with over my four years at EMU.

 

Living in the residence halls helped me transition into life away from home. RA’s do a great job of making you feel a part of something bigger than just the four walls of your bedroom. Whether it’s them knocking on your door with candy while you study or them hosting a program about on-campus resources, they are there for you.

EMU Move-in

Move in day is near, and I am so excited for all of you taking the leap into on-campus living. Whether you’re a freshman or transfer student, moving in will be exciting and even a little scary. Moving in is stressful, but here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Even before leaving for EMU, make sure you don’t over pack. Do you really need all 22 pairs of shoes you have? Probably not. Bring only what you need.
  • Make sure to have your emich ID ready & actived when you come to your hall to check in.
  • If you have a small dolly or cart, bring it! The residence halls will have these available, but you’re moving in with hundreds of others who will also need them.
  • Get everything moved in before you start trying to decorate. I know you all want to channel your inner property brothers but suppress that at least until you’ve emptied your cars.
  • Also, if you want to arrange your room furniture in a specific way, do it before you start unpacking. You can maximize space differently in each hall, but utilizing shelves & putting storage containers and dressers underneath beds will make your room look much bigger than you think.
  • Lastly, relax! Moving in is stressful, but staying calm will make a world of difference. Also, be nice to mom and dad. It’s just as hard on them as it is on you.

Welcome to on-campus living! I hope you enjoy your time here just as much as I have. If you haven’t applied, there’s still time! Visit www.emich.edu/residencelife for more information!

Aug 23 2016

5 Essentials for Living on Campus at EMU

by blogemu

If you’re preparing to move onto campus here at Eastern Michigan University then you’ve probably asked yourself a couple of questions lately. What should I bring? What are my roommates bringing? Oh my goodness, what if my roommates don’t bring anything!? Am I even allowed to bring this?

 

Those are all very common questions. Trust me, I’ve moved onto campus four times now, and as a Resident Advisor, I’ve helped hundreds of students get settled and adjusted into their new homes here on EMU’s campus. Beyond bringing the important essentials like twin XL bedding (unless you have a single room in the Towers, then ou will want full-size bedding!_, maybe a mini fridge, your favorite articles of clothing and a microwave, you are going to want to bring along smaller things to decorate or organize with.

 

To find your roommates contact information to coordinate who is bringing what or to figure out the dimensions of your future home, the Housing and Residence Life website is a wonderful resource. If you still aren’t quite sure what to bring, here’s 5 on-campus essentials to get you started:

 

1. Pictures: Being away from home isn’t always easy, and one way to help yourself feel connected to your family and friends back home is to decorate with pictures! Print your pictures off and just like that, you have a cheap and easy way to make your space feel like home! Not sure how to hand up all of those pictures? Here’re a few creative ideas to get you started.

pictures2. Command Strips: I can’t stress this one enough. If you plan on hanging up anything, Command Strips and Command Hooks are going to be your best friends. Command Strips can hold up picture frames, canvas or nearly any other decorations you might bring with you. The hooks will be a helpful organization tool and give you a place to hang things suck as keys, bags, and coats.

 

3. Clip on bedside table: I really wish these handy things had a cooler name, but if you are living in Best of Downing with lofted beds, plan to bunk your beds, or just want a guaranteed space for you phone or other small belongings to be right next to your bed, this little gadget will give you just that. It secures right onto your bed and gives you a small little bedside table.

bedside table

4. Lamp: Not only is a lamp a great source of light when your roommate is trying to sleep and wants the overhead lights off, but it’s also a great way to brighten up your space and make it feel more like home. Be a smart shopper and don’t forget that Christmas lights and halogen lamps are not allowed in EMU Residence Halls, as per the Guide to Campus Living.

 

5. Arts, posters, or your favorite quotes: In addition to pictures, are, your favorite posters or things displaying your favorite inspirational quotes are easy ways to make your space feel like home and show off your favorite things to your friends. Need ideas of where you find new art or what quotes to use? Check out pinterest.com for hundreds of ideas.

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Moving to college is a big move – and potentially stressful, especially if it’s your first time joining us on campus! Don’t forget to take the time to bring those little things that turn your room into a home. After all, it’s your space for the year and you will want it to be a space that you love!

Aug 05 2016

Your Money in College: Making Good Business ¢ents

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Back 2 Business Series

Written by Cassandra Helmer

 
Let’s be honest, college is expensive. Between rising tuition costs, books, supplies, transportation, fees, and basic living expenses such as rent, food, and clothes, it’s incredible how quickly money leaves your pockets. It’s no secret that higher education is a serious and expensive investment in your future. Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pockets. By keeping a close eye on your spending and preparing for the future, you can add the title of “financial wizard” right next to proud Eastern alum. Below are 4 ways in which you can manage your money during your college years!

 

  1. Plan Ahead. A well-organized monthly budget can ease the day-to- day stress of any busy student. By structuring how you want to allocate your resources each month, you lessen the risk of spending too much on a night out or forgetting to pay a bill. Even if you keep track of your debit and credit expenditures through your bank’s online system (a very smart move), it is still useful to gather that information, along with cash expenses, into one easy-to-read document. For example, checking a Google spreadsheet of your budget on your phone is so much easier than trying to remember if you are about to spend some of the rent money on a dinner with friends.
  2. Check Back In. Perhaps despite your best efforts, you did spend more than you planned. It happens, but this creates an important opportunity for you to reassess your situation. Should you set aside more each month for entertainment, knowing you have quite a few events coming up? It is always better to end up with an unexpected surplus than to overspend. Maybe you would like to save up this month, so take the time to see where you can cut back. Regardless of your specific financial goal, it is crucial to know which strategies are working and what needs to be changed.
  3. Fun Can Be Free (or Low-Cost). One aspect of managing your money is knowing when and what to spend it on. Sure, you could order delivery pizza again, but you could also check out several free events on campus where you can often grab a bite to eat while you learn more about your community. By getting creative, it is often easy to find entertainment on a tight budget. Game of Thrones marathon, anyone? Take a walk around beautiful Frog Island. Play frisbee by the pond. Check out Groupon for great experiences you can share with friends who are also looking to save. Sign up for programs such as mPerks at Meijer or Amazon’s free six-month Student Prime account which reward you for buying things you normally buy anyway. Keeping an eye out for deals will help you save more money for the things you really need.
  4. Be Smart with Your Savings. Many college students work part-time or full-time jobs in addition to attending classes. Based on your budget, decide how much income you would like to put into savings each month or how you would like to save in the future when you have the opportunity. Be sure to factor your schedule into your budget so you know how your expenses will change. For example, more hours at work could mean less time with friends. It also could mean your income would exceed your expenses that month. College is a vital time for building financial independence and responsibility, so establishing consistent habits now will set you up for future success.

These tips will aid you in maintaining financial responsibility without sacrificing the things you love. Consistent awareness of your personal finances and spending will facilitate many of the opportunities in your future. So, do yourself a favor and be prepared. Need some new clothes for that great job? Want to travel to Iceland before you start a family? Taking time off work to give back to you community? Get to know your money! College is a perfect time to start practicing how to make every penny work as hard as you do.

 

Cassandra Helmer is a student assistant in the College of Business Office of Academic Services. An English major in her senior year, Cassandra is a member of EMU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and holds a position within Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.