In May, I finished my first year attending Bucknell University. My freshman year was filled with meeting new people, getting used to the academics, and adjusting to the area. A huge part of your freshman year is learning how to live with a roommate. One tip I have for incoming freshman is living with a roommate is a great learning experience any way you look at it.
Bucknell is in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania so there are going to be times when it’s very, very cold. I’m from New Jersey and I’ll still say Lewisburg winters are pretty rough. Definitely bring warm sweaters, gloves, and your big winter coat, you’re going to need it. Also make sure to bring an umbrella that’s easy to carry from class to class, a rain jacket, and your rain boots because if it rains, it rains hard.
Lewisburg isn’t a big town by any means, however, there are some great places to go on the weekends. The downtown is full of little restaurants and cafes that are great to go to for a meal or when you just want a coffee and a place to do some work. There are also a few cute boutiques that are very affordable! Not to mention the downtown is within walking distance from Bucknell’s campus.
As for packing for your dorm, I was definitely guilty of over-packing so here are some of the essentials:
– a fan (even if your dorm has air conditioning, it’s still good to have)
– pictures of friends and family and string lights to decorate your room
– an area rug (made my room much cozier)
– a door stop if you want to keep your door open and have friends come in and out (also made moving and out much easier)
– a mini vacuum
– a desk lamp (this saved me when my roommate wanted to sleep and I needed to finish work)
– command hooks (saves so much space)