Want to give your first-time student a little advice without receiving the eye roll that goes along with unsolicited input from family and friends?
Give a Dorm Deck from Life Hack Decks™.
Dorm Decks are a great gift to give to college students when they’re going off to school for the first time. Tuck one into a going away present. Or send a deck off to your favorite college undergrad with a care package of cookies and snacks.
Designed to help students establish a successful college and dorm routine, this simple motivational card deck smooths the transition from the oversight of parents to the personal responsibilities of college life. Think of this deck like medicine for growing pains. Dorm Decks keep students on track and one step ahead of the “to do’s” coming at them from every direction as they embark on their college journey. Dorm Decks teach tips and tricks that improve college routines. They simultaneously make the most of newfound college independence. Each card is a little motivational “life hack for dorm living.”
Yes, you are moving out on your own. And, like most people your age, you’re ready for the freedom. Freedom and autonomy are thrilling. Yet, there are a lot of new responsibilities that go along with this newfound independence. For example, laundry and systems that take the anxiety out of the “doing for yourself” process. Things you never had to think about when you lived with your parents now sit squarely on your to-do list. Dorm Deck can help you establish systems that take chores and tasks from feeling random and disorganized to organized and systematic.
The getting adjusted part of college and dorm life is as nerve wracking as it is exciting. College is a rite of passage and getting it “right” is just like learning a new language. It’s all about learning new life skills you'll need not only in dorm life, but for life going forward after college. For example, something as simple as “Make your Bed” as a prompt card and routine will eventually help improve your long-term success. Come to find out, making your bed is a trait that many successful people say starts their day out right. Google it if you don’t believe us.
Setting Expectations About Dorm Life
Everyone has the expectation that dorm life will be fun times in a comfortable room, where your best friend is your roommate, and everyone on your floor will be the greatest people you’ve ever met, right? And you’ll be friends for life with little to no effort or conflict during your entire four years. Sounds ideal.
Looking at college from a high school perspective, living independently in a dorm room with no parental supervision sounds fantastic and carefree. Parties and late-night study sessions round out that ideal picture of college and dorm life. If your grades stay up, you think, you can do whatever you want.
Learning About Yourself
But there's more to dorm life than that. Dorm life is where your ideas about the world will be challenged. You’ll meet new people who have lots in common with you, and people who have nothing in common with you at all. It’s where you’ll find that the person you thought you had the least in common with is the person who has the most valuable things to teach you. You’ll learn a lot about yourself. So much so that it may be hard to recognize yourself when graduation day finally arrives.
New versions of yourself will set the foundation for the person you'll become for the rest of your life. That’s why it’s so important to go into your college years with all the tips and tricks you'll need. Establishing good habits that last you the rest of your life are also part of college growth. Dorm Decks ground you in real life and keep you moving forward and motivated to develop healthy behavior patterns. This is especially important when college life feels overwhelming and your transition from teenager to adult is in flux. The evolution of who you are will be beautiful. Though, full disclosure, it may not always be pretty.
After those four years, you’ll look back at dorm memories with great fondness. Whether you’re the quiet type or a complete extrovert, your dorm will be forever engrained in your heart. And when you visit years later, your dorm will be the first place you’ll want to visit. Because aside from wherever your family is, it’s going to be one of the few places that you ever called home.
Dorm Deck Eases the Transition to Adulthood
Dorm Deck from life Hack Decks™ is designed to ease the transition into adulthood as you embark on the greatest, yet most challenging growth journey of your life. College life is full of exploration and autonomy. That said, sometimes you need a little reminder to take care of yourself and the space you call home while you’re there.
With our Dorm Deck from life Hack Decks™, you’ll be able to find some creative ideas to settle into life, establish healthy routines, and make your dorm feel like home. By the time you’ve worked through the entire deck, you’ll know more about the city in which you live with prompts like: “Take a friend to play tourist for a day.” We will show you other ways to “hack” aspects of college life, like where to meet people with common interests. We'll also remind you to stock your room with snacks that are good for you. There are, in addition, a few cards to make you that much more successful: “Look into tutoring resources offered by your college,” or “Review due dates and add them to your calendar. Set a reminder for one week before assignments are due.” Even, “Save important work somewhere you can get to it if your laptop is stolen or broken” can be a lifesaver. Trust us on that one. We've seen it happen.
How to Use Dorm Decks
To use Dorm Decks, simply shuffle and pull a card. Complete the prompt and then put it at the back of the pile. We recommend working through 3-4 cards per week, especially at the beginning of the school year to get you on track. Gift a deck to a friend, and you can do the prompts in tandem. Whether you are going to the same college, or are across the country from one another, the deck will keep friends connected and heading forward together.
Tag us @lifehackdecks and have a great year!
For Parents (or Gift Giver):
These cards make a wonderful gift for students going off to college for the first time, or those who haven’t lived in a dorm or on their own. Knowing what needs to be done and when to do it takes the stress out of living an independent, functional life that is full of freedom and responsibility. And the cards free brain space for something else, like studying. Reduce your college student's decision fatigue by giving them a sense of personal responsibility with a Dorm Deck before they leave for college and start dorm life.
Dorm Decks make a great graduation gift to send along to school or as an “I’m thinking about you” to include in a college care package from home.
And, of course, one of the 52 prompts is “Don’t forget to call your parents. They miss you.” Reason enough to send one!
Our life Hack Decks™ are designed with one simple mission in mind: Delegate to the Deck™ to reduce stress and decision fatigue while improving your quality of life!