I just finished my sophomore year at Yale University in Connecticut. My family lives in California and I’m the first one to leave home like this or go to a University. I’m on a pretty substantial scholarship (otherwise I could never afford an Ivy League education) but I’m paying for books, plane tickets and living expense out of pocket so my room was never really top priority. My parents couldn’t really help with move in (they’ve still never been my school!) and none of us really knew the process (or had the money) to buy what I needed for dorm living. After two years I’ve had to throw out a lot of the throwaway things I bought on the cheap when I moved in, my sheets, pillows, lamps, etc. I’d love to start from scratch and be able to get the things that could really make my room a home for the next two years.