We’ve hit the highlights. But there are lots of other specific things that you should know before your first day of class – things like student organizations you can join, facts about housing and transportation, and what you should pack if you plan to live on campus. We’ve also listed a lot of differences between high school and college that will impact your life as a student. And last, but not least, you’ll find our FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. You might even want to submit a few questions of your own.
What To Pack For College?
Your plans are made. You are on your way to college. Just make sure you have everything you need when you get there.
We’ve included this list to help you get started, and it’s probably more than you’ll ever need.
For the Walls/Doors:
For Class, Homework, and Projects:
For the Room:
For the Bath:
For Trips (Short or Long, Home or Away):
For Keeping in Touch
Grocery List for the Dorm
Don’t arrive at the dorm with out the essentials for dorm living! Once you arrive scout out the nearest grocery store and stock your dorm. This is a great first trip to get to know your dorm mate.
- Cold cereal
- Instant oatmeal
- Graham crackers
- Dried soups (Fantastic Foods are nutritious)
- Hot cocoa
- Instant Coffee
- Non-fat dry milk (in case you run out of regular milk)
- Skim milk
- Cottage cheese
Fresh fruits / Perishables:
- Baby carrots
Canned / Jarred
- Peanut Butter
- Snack Paks: Pudding
- Low fat mayonnaise
- Dips for vegetables
Check Out The Student Organizations
Colleges throughout Mississippi offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities that can help you connect and meet people as well as get involved in your area of study.
Sure, there are fraternities and sororities, but Greek life isn’t for everyone. And college has so much more to offer! Whatever your interests are, you can find a club or organization to meet your needs!
Here is just a short list of extracurricular activities you could get involved with:
- Student Government
- Athletics (intramural or varsity)
- Academic organizations (Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, etc.)
- Volunteer and service-related organizations
- Multicultural activities
- Social/Greek clubs (fraternities and sororities)
To get involved, check out the university newspaper, union, or institutional website for ideas. Chances are you’ll find people who share your interests and experiences!
What Is Student Life Like?
Life in college will be different from life in high school. Here are just some of the differences you can expect.
FOLLOWING THE RULES IN HIGH SCHOOL
CHOOSING RESPONSIBLY IN COLLEGE
GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
SUCCEEDING IN COLLEGE CLASSES
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
TESTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
TESTS IN COLLEGE
GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL
GRADES IN COLLEGE
College Housing & Transportation
One of the really fun things about going to college is the experience of living on your own (or at least away from your parents) for the first time.
- You can come and go as you please.
- You can stay out late.
- You can play video games all night.
- You can live on junk food.
- You can listen to your music at whatever level you want.
- And on-and-on – you get the picture.
Of course, the on-your-own bit has its drawbacks, too.
- You learn that bad roommates don’t just live in the movies – sometimes they live in the next twin bed.
- You realize just how much your parents picked up after you.
- You actually find yourself craving those home-grown vegetables your mom made you eat (Ramen noodles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be).
- You find yourself not coming and going as you please, staying out late, and doing whatever, because it is all too expensive for a college student.
But if you’ve considered both the pros and cons to moving out on your own for college, here’s some info about housing and transportation.
Some colleges require freshmen to live on campus. Make sure you know your college’s requirements – and don’t miss housing application deadlines! Click here for links to the admission offices.
Some college campuses are commuter campuses only, meaning they don’t have housing at all. In this case, you’ll need to look into an apartment.
Some colleges do not allow cars on campus, or they restrict the use of vehicles by underclassmen (usually freshmen and sophomores). Be sure you know the rules and have a plan for getting around.
Consider buying a bike (and a helmet). You’ll get great exercise. Gas prices won’t matter. You’ll never have trouble finding a parking place. And it is faster than walking, and sometimes faster than driving.
Frequently Asked Questions
This page will be developed as the site grows.
Since RiseUpMs.com just launched, we haven’t received many questions, much less frequently asked questions.
So, as questions come up, we’ll try to answer them, and we’ll post the answers to common questions right here.
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