When it comes to what college students actually have money for, dorm decorations are not exactly the first thing that come to mind. In fact, dorm décor is probably among the last thing on a full-time student’s list of things they want to pay for, after he or she already having paid for tuition, gas, food, textbooks and tuition. This is college, the time of your life when the carpet is a table and the bookshelf is a DIY made from cardboard boxes and duct tape. But at the same time, this is college: a time for reinvention, elaboration and non-convention. Now, all of those words end in “tion,” like “tuition,” but that doesn’t mean the perfect college living space has to be as expensive as the college itself.
On Oct. 22, Lamson and Meier Hall opened their doors to one another for their biannual Open House event. Here is what I found: while the Meier-men seem to enjoy the way the dorms are decorated at first glance on move-in day, many a Lamsonite have found simple tricks for making their dorms feel much more creative and personal. For the more hands-on student, the little things like origami cranes, decorative lights and curtains make the difference between a dreary dorm and a lively one. These options are definitely a great way to spice things up without spending too much. For the hipsters out there, things like wall tapestries, banners and anything California Republic seem to make the difference. Besides, who doesn’t like bears and thinking about places with better weather?
Ultimately, though, the best way to keep your dorm from looking cluttered when decorating is by sticking to a theme, and clean is always in. Decorations won’t matter much if your dorm is a mess, so utilize your spare time to save yourself some stress.