Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CIA Residence Halls: What to Bring

By Ronnie Genee, Director for Residence Life

It is Tuesday morning and we just had several students move onto campus and into our residence halls. It so great to see new students move onto campus every three weeks and see how happy and excited they are to leave home… wait… I mean to come to college.

Well, all joking aside, I get a lot of calls from students and parents who want to know what to bring with them when they move onto campus. This seems like it would be an easy question, but there’s a lot of important information to know: What is already in the room? What can I bring? What do I need to bring? What do I want to bring?

First, we need to talk about the differences between each hall and what you’ll find in your room:

Hudson HallMost new students move in here. A few facts:
  • Dry. That means no alcohol, regardless of student age.
  • Communal Bathrooms. Wait. Stop. There are upsides to sharing a bathroom:

    1.  You don’t have to clean it! Professional CIA staff will clean it every, single day—including weekends!
    2. You’ll meet people. And we don’t just mean if you run out of TP. Walking to and from the bathroom is a great time to see who is around and say “hello” to a new friend.Note: Some rooms in Hudson have their own bathrooms, but most do not.

  • Furniture. You’ll get:
    •  Wardrobe Unit
    • Extra-Long Twin-Size Bed
    • Desk
    • Desk Chair
  • Other Room Features:
    • Wooden Blinds
    • Combo Heater & A/C Unit

Angell, Pick/Herndon, and Rosenthal HallThese are all very, very similar. 
  • Alcohol Policy. Students who are 21 years of age or older are allowed to have a limited amount of alcohol in their room.
  • Private Bathrooms. It’s all yours (and your roommate’s). That means it’s up to you to clean it. Unless you think your parents will come and clean it for you. Good luck with that.
  • Furniture. You’ll get:
    • Extra-Long, Twin-Size Bed
    • Desk
    • Desk Chair
    • Closet

So, now you may be thinking what do I need to bring. Well, as always there is a difference between need and want. What you most likely will need is the following:
  • Alarm Clock (or Phone Alarm Clock)
  • Bed Linens
  • Towels
  • Hangers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toiletry Items
    • If you’re living in Hudson Hall, you’ll want a shower caddy and shower shoes.
    • If you’re living in any of the other dorms, you’ll want a shower caddy that you can put over the shower head, bathroom rug, cleaning supplies, and possibly some deodorizer spray. 
Now, the list you are probably looking forward to the most is the list of things you probably want. Such as:
  • Throw Rug
  • Lamp (non-halogen)
  • Desk Light (with vents on the top)
  • Plastic Bins (to store items underneath your bed)
  • Compact Fridge (one 3.5 cubic foot or two 1.7 cubic foot refrigerators)
  • Microwave
  • Computer
  • Supplies for Kitchen-Use: Dishes, Pots & Pans, Sponges
  • Laundry Bag or Basket
  • Iron
  • Radio
  • TV/DVD Player (with Cable Wire)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Clorox Wipes and Other Cleaning Supplies
  • Surge Protector (that has a reset button or removal fuse)
…and since this is a culinary school…a First-Aid Kit (although we have a great Health Services Office on campus)
Well, I hope I covered everything and you now have a complete shopping/packing list. Please remember that although you will be here for 30 weeks before you leave for externship, time flies here at the CIA. You don’t need to bring everything you ever purchased or owned. Before you know it, you will be packing up to move out and head off on your externship.

With that being said, savor the moment and enjoy your time here at the CIA. This is a great place to learn and live and it is our hope that you make this your new home. So we look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you HOME! If you should need any further information please feel free to leave a comment here or call the Office of Residence Life at 845-451-1260.

Want to learn more? Check out Ronnie's post on CIA Residence Halls: Facilities.


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