Going to a new ESL school can be tough, but living with your fellow students makes the experience that much more fun. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible at school, so we’ve put together a few tips to help transform your dorm room into a home away from home.
Decorate with Pictures
When you arrive at your new space, your dorm room’s walls will probably be a bit plain. Rather than leaving them alone, we encourage you to decorate with pictures of your family or scenes from your hometown. Use masking tape or sticky tack to hang the pictures without damaging the walls.
Bring Items From Home
If you have a favorite blanket, pillow, or tapestry, bring it with you. The more familiar things you can bring to your new accommodations, the more you’ll feel at home. Our staff knows that learning a second language is tough, but your ESL school experience should be engaging. You’ll have the chance to teach your fellow students about your hometown, and the items you bring with you can help you show off your personality.
Don’t Forget the Lighting
While most living areas will have good natural light and a bright overhead light fixture, you may want to use a lamp or two to make the lighting softer. An accent lamp can transform an otherwise plain dorm room into a cozy and comfortable space that you’ll be happy to call home.
Make Your Bed Comfortable
We want you to be successful in your studies, and one of the easiest ways to improve your study habits is to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re used to a soft bed, consider buying a mattress topper to make your dorm room mattress more similar to your preferences. This will help you sleep better so you can focus on your studies at your new ESL school!
Follow these tips and make your dorm room feel like home! Your new space will be all the more enjoyable as a relaxing retreat while you get acquainted with the vibrant and fast-paced lifestyle in New York City.
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