Dodging the Bullet: Packing for a new beginning

Nicole DeJacimo prepares to move on campus this fall (Photo courtesy of Nicole DeJacimo)

Nicole DeJacimo prepares to move on campus this fall

By Nicole DeJacimo, Contributing Writer

“I bet you’re going to walk around half naked at college due to how often you lose everything.”

Geez thanks, Mom.

Yes, my mother said that to me, and yes, organization has never been my strong suit, although it is certainly an attainable characteristic as I start with a new slate in a new state.

Sharing a room with my two sisters for the past eight years has prepared me for tight quarters, but believe me, I still went to the ultimate organization website: Pinterest. Many labels and colored markers were purchased as the small mountain of “dorm room essentials” slowly built in the corner of my basement.

It was not a short or easy feat to obtain everything needed to move in, although I have met some guys moving in with no more than a blanket and backpack. (I’ll give him some slack because he did come by plane.)

But who knew it would take so many things to live? No longer will my mother be there to buy my toothpaste or my dad to remind me to take out the trash.

This is a transition for all of us and no matter the preparation or amount of advice from parents, RAs, and upperclassmen, we all will have to learn how to live on our own. Just remember that does not mean we are alone. We the Class of 2022 can all support one another.

This orientation week, let’s take the time to show our neighbor how to do laundry, accept their help in folding a fitted sheet, and even search Youtube with our roommates for organization tips.

Packing for move-in day is only the start: welcome Class of 2022 to our new home!

Editor’s Note: This article is the third of the 2018 edition of our series “Dodging the Bullet: The First Year Journal,” in which The Gettysburgian‘s staff members from the Class of 2022 share stories, reflections, and perspective on their first year experience. You can read the full series here as well as 2017-18 stories here. (-B. Pontz)

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Author: Nicole DeJacimo

Nicole DeJacimo ‘22 is the assistant news editor of The Gettysburgian and is a double major in Political Science and English. She is a Jersey Girl to the core but won't hesitate to call Gettysburg, home. During her free time, Nicole enjoys singing, reading, going to Waldo's and having movie nights with her friends. She plans on moving to D.C. after college to work as a political speech writer.

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