Congratulations to everyone who has graduated in the past few days, or will graduate soon! You made it! Now, it's time to start thinking of how you're going to decorate your dorm, what you'll need, and who your roommate will be. If you're like me, you're probably scouring Pinterest for dorm theme ideas and shopping lists, and repeatedly asking your class's Facebook groups about what you'll need. You want to be prepared, but also don't want to overpack.
This past year, I stayed in a traditional style dorm on my campus. This means I shared a room with one other girl, and shared a bathroom with about 20-30 more. Personally, I wanted my side of the room to match my roommate's as much as possible, so I waited to shop until I for sure knew who my roommate was. If you don't have any requests for a roommate at this point, make it your mission to make friends at orientation. It's likely that many other students don't know who they would want as their roommate and are trying to find one just like you. Take advantage of this. Orientation is there so you can not only get familiar with the school, but also find students who share your major and can hopefully become your lifelong friends.
My roommate and I had a pink, grey, and gold theme for our dorm, but you don't necessarily have to have a theme. I went into college thinking that your roommate's bed and decor had to match (and I do personally still like having a theme), but plenty of other dorms don't have matching beds/decor.
Also, once your room assignment is released (mine was released in July), email/text your roommate so you can get to know each other! You never know. That person may be within 30 minutes of where you live so you two can know who the other is way before move-in day. If not, it's best to at least text your roommate about things such as how the room will be set up and what rules/boundaries you would like to place.
Now that I've gotten completely off track, I will continue on with my topic of everything I needed in my freshman dorm.