It's June, meaning we're smack in the middle of college summer internship season.
Students have moved to get in on the non-paid, but always fulfilling, action. And many have rented 1-bedroom apartments in Blacksburg, VA for the very first time. So I want to throw out some advice for apartment-newbies, which is a demographic that includes myself, as I moved into my first apartment in May.
Here's what you should, and should not, do ...
DO: Get your rent in on time. It's important to seem like a responsible adult. Even if you're sort of not.
DON'T: Buy too much at the supermarket if you don't have a car. You didn't think about how you were going to get 24 Gatorades back to the apartment, did you?
DO: Have five go-to meals. The art of cooking is keeping it simple. I just made that saying up now, but it sounds legit. Anyway, you want to have a few staple meals to cook for dinner. Perfect a few and your friends (or "special" friends) might even think you're a big shot. I, for example, have mastered the fajita. Don't judge.
DON'T: Buy an absurd amount of cold cuts in one trip. Planning out your meals is important, but this isn't the dining hall anymore. Fresh food doesn't magically appear, ready to eat. Food goes bad. Food you bought with the money you're not making. Be smart. You'll be tempted to just stock up on some turkey at Shaw's. Three pounds is too much.
DO: Buy hand towels for the bathroom. How many times have I washed my hands thoroughly only to have nothing to dry them with? The worst part is I know there are no hand towels, yet I'm disappointed each time.
DON'T: Be the guy who always buys the paper towels for the apartment. (Or the trash bags, laundry detergent or Bud Lite 30-packs.) Show a little backbone, bro.
DO: Binge on Netflix while you eat. You have to get your daily fix in and you need to eat to survive. So scarf down your tater tots as you belly laugh with Michael Scott.
DON'T: Overdo it. One minute you're watching you're favorite scene from Game of Thrones, the next minute you've re-watched the entire first season. Including deleted scenes.
DO: Ask who's there when the buzzer rings. It's probably the Domino's delivery guy, but just make sure. Also make sure your roommate actually ordered Domino's before letting him or her in.
DON'T: Order too much from the Domino's delivery guy. If you're on a first name basis with the man, you know something's wrong.
For more information on apartments in Blackburg, VA for your internship or college years, contact Foxridge Apartments.