Homesickness is usually worst at the very beginning of the Program as the scholars
adjust to their new environment. Encourage your scholar to pursue friendships and
activities on campus and to get out of his or her room and off the phone with hometown
friends. In recent years, we have noticed that some parents seem to have a harder
time dealing with their child’s absence than the child does with being in the new
situation. If you’re a parent, make sure that you’re not projecting your own feelings
onto your child, and encourage your scholar to embrace and enjoy the experience.
No. We are concerned with fire safety. The fire codes are very strict. We do have
kitchenettes and microwave ovens in all the residential colleges. Microwave ovens
no larger that 600 watts are allowed in the rooms. Appliances with exposed heating
elements (i.e., hot plates) are not permitted. Please note that only one microwave
is permitted per room.
The MSU Housing Office permits one refrigerator (under 4.5 cubic ft) per room. At
move-in, we will post a list in the lobby to indicate whether or not a refrigerator
has been brought to a certain room. Please consult this list before moving a refrigerator
into the residence hall. If your scholar is planning to use a refrigerator in the
dormitory building, do not hesitate to bring one. However, if the sign indicates
that scholar's room number has already received a refrigerator, please do not move
it in. We recommend that scholars who already own a refrigerator (or microwave)
and space to bring it pack it for Opening Day. If neither roommate has a refrigerator
(or microwave) but feels the need to purchase one (many scholars do not have them
during the Program), they can be purchased at Wal-Mart or Lowe’s, both of which are
adjacent to campus, on Opening Day or Family Day.
Be sure to let the GSP staff know. The staff at Winslow Dining Hall is amazingly flexible
and will work with special diets and food allergies. On Opening Day, the Winslow staff
will be at the door of the dining hall to discuss special needs with families.