Hi everyone. My name is Matthew Danski and I am a 3/4 Chemical Engineering major from Jackson, New Jersey. Moving away from home has an added stress this year as opposed to others. In order to help ease some of the worries off of you, I am here to help you decide what to bring to campus and what to leave at home. The Stevens campus and community may look different this year, but we are willing and ready to welcome you all into our community on Castle Point.
Safety is our top priority this year for both you and our community. Therefore the first things that you should pack should be personal protective equipment. New Jersey is very strict on following the CDC’s guidelines to slow the spread Covid-19. With this being said it is important you pack a supply of face masks and hand sanitizer. You will not be allowed into class or any stores without a face mask and hand sanitizer should be applied regularly when hand washing is not an option. It is important that you get tested for Covid-19 before coming to campus and get your flu shot before leaving home.
Aside from personal protective equipment there are plenty of things you might forget to bring so hopefully this list will help to prevent that.
What to bring:
Umbrella – Weather is very unpredictable in New Jersey and we receive plenty of rain.
Liquid Laundry Detergent – The pods, in my opinion, do not work as well and get stuck on the door of the washers.
Mattress Topper – An extra layer of comfort is always needed.
Extra Towels – Depending on which dorm you live in humidity can be a problem and your towels might take longer than you expect to dry.
Command Hooks – Damaging the dorm walls is not allowed so these offer a safe way to hang anything you would like.
Microwave and Mini fridge – Indoor dining is still closed in New Jersey so you will probably be eating most meals in your dorm.
Bathroom Necessities – Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, hairbrush, deodorant, hand soap, body soap, shampoo, allergy medicine, and Tylenol.
Photographs – Nothing decorates and personalizes a space like pictures that make you happy.
Water Filter and Reusable Bottle – Hoboken is not known for having the best water and this is a cost effective alternative to plastic water bottles.
Something to keep you physically active – Gyms are still closed in New Jersey, so keeping active will be harder than ever.
The special circumstances we are in this year means we all have a responsibility to keep others safe; with that being said if others choose to fail to meet these standards it is possible you all could be sent home with very little notice. This leads to some items being on this list that would not normally be there.
What to leave at home:
Large T.V.’s – Dorm rooms do not really have space for them and they are a hassle to move. Opt instead for a small monitor or just use your laptop if possible.
Party clothes – As a community we have all made a promise to adhere to social distancing guidelines so parties will not be occurring this semester.
Coins for laundry – All laundry at Stevens is free.
Furniture – Bringing outside furniture is not allowed, you will be provided with everything you need.
Space heaters or fans – All Stevens dorms have heating and cooling.
Iron – If you hang your clothes as soon as they are done in the dryer they will stay wrinkle free.
Pet fish – Unless you have the proper training to take care of a fish properly I highly advise against getting one. I can not tell you how many people I know who’s fish died in their dorm. Opt instead for a low maintenance plant or succulent such as aloe.
Matthew Danski, Chemical Engineering