Lighting is Key

By Genevieve Vahl

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String lights – my most indispensable item I brought to college. I had never shared a room in my life and never had lived with anyone besides my mom before moving to college. So moving into a room with two other girls my freshman year was quite a change for me and my sense of “home.”

I always lit my room with string lights at home, but I did not realize how much that was going to translate into creating “my home away from home” when I got to college. String lights create a soft ambience anywhere they are hung up. They create a mood that is comforting and relaxing. They completely eliminate the need to use the treacherous overhead lighting in the dorms. String lights help make a sterile space in the dorms feel like your home.

I found that when I would visit friends’ dorms that did not have good lighting, I was always on edge and anxious. The LED lighting was not home-y in the slightest; it made for a much less comfortable relaxation time. But with one simple and cheap alternative, string lights can add so much to a room. You do not really notice they are there until they are not; when you are sitting in a fluorescently lit room, squinting trying to talk to your friend. String lights bring a sense of home to a space that can be really hard to transition into for new freshman in the dorms.

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