One of the biggest unknowns about rush is what to wear. The dress code and norm is different at every school but I figured I'd share what's common at the University of Michigan as well as generally the midwest.

First Set:
Day 1: Comfortable shoes are a must! Clothing that is bright, classy, and makes you memorable is advised (also that doesn't show sweat stains! It gets hot inside the houses!)
 Shirt: Maurices, Jeans: Banana Republic, Shoes: Lord and Taylor, Necklace: Nordstrom Rack 

Day 2: It was cooler and I was super sick so a bright button down did the trick
 Shirt: Banana Republic , Jeans: Banana Republic, Shoes: Lord and Taylor
Second Set:

I just changed my necklaces between day 1 and 2 here but I wore a sweater and nice shorts because it was a LOT hotter outside the second set than the first.
 Sweater: Banana Republic, Shorts: J Crew,  Necklace: Maurices 

 Sweater: Banana Republic, Shorts: J Crew,  Necklace: Maurices, Shoes: Lord and Taylor

Third set:
I wore a dress and wedges and then paired it with a sweater because lo and behold, it was FREEZING out!
Sweater: Banana Republic, Dress: TJ Maxx, Shoes: DSW

Preference Night: I wore a nice dress with a statement necklace and pumps. Not pictured: the coat, flip flops, and sweat pants I had to put on between houses because it was even colder!
 Dress: Nordroms?, Shoes: Carson's, Necklace: The Limited

And finally, bid day!:
We were told to wear jeans and a white shirt and then they gave us a shirt to change into when we got there!

Every girl's dream is probably to have a dorm room that doesn't look or feel like a dorm room. I can safely say that I feel like I've achieved that. With ample storage and enough floor space to spread a yoga mat, I feel super comfortable in my dorm room! Here's the grand tour of it

I bought these cardboard letters from Jo Ann's and painted them and hung them on our door and our quad mate's door with command strips. You can find more info about the painted rock here. We actually use the rock to keep our door to our quad hallway open during the day and we love it!

We (I) crawled on top of the closets to hang up the Michigan flag. It was worth the hassle :) I got those two blue and pink boxes at Home Goods on sale and I love them! One holds all my snacks, the other holds my tea and coffee and another one under my bed holds my feminine hygiene products.

We have SO much storage space! I asked my mom to bring me more hangers because I have so much more room to hang stuff ;)

Here's my roommate's set up at her desk. We both agreed that our desks are for looking cute and charging our laptop at (maybe a little bit of online shopping?)... the real studying will occur in the library.

Here's my desk area... This picture was photobombed by our fan... boy do I love that fan.

Here is the top of my desk area... not pictured: my fish who did not survive the move :(

Here is my bed! Having a half lofted bed is great but it's impossible to make it well because I can barely reach it without my little ottoman pictured below.

 I moved my bed a bit so I could have some more space on top of my dresser... It's perfect for my hair and makeup stuff! My roommate also gifted me with these awesome navy and aqua jars she painted... How cute (and handy!) are they?!? I love them!

Here is a better view of my bed and all the storage I have underneath it! My ottoman even doubles as storage for my towels and sheets!

I used washi tape and sticky tack to hang up some pictures and this oh the places you'll go print

 The pillow cases I made myself along with the garland and the two canvases. The third canvas I made that sits on the top of my desk was SUPPOSED to hang on the left of the M canvas but after fighting with command hooks for about 15 minutes, I gave up and the space will remain blank until further notice...

And that's my dorm room! Let me know if you have any questions about anything and I apologize for my lovely iPhone photography and poor lighting (yay for rainy, grey days!)
I can't think of a single college student who wouldn't love to receive a care package... the big question for the senders though is what to put it them... Here's a few ideas...

-An extra toothbrush (chances are, your student has been using their same worn out toothbrush for months now, ew!)
-Mini Hand sanitizers
-Holiday decorations such as window clings or small door decorations
-School supplies (everyone loves newcolorful sharpies or highlighters!)
-Homemade baked goods
-Starbucks or favorite coffee place gift card
-Granola or protein bars
-"Open when..." letters
-Pictures of student with family members or pets
-Reusable water bottle
-Chocolate or favorite candy
-Pain relievers
-Cough drops
-Pack of playing cards
-Caffeinated energy item such as energy drink, 5 hr energy, starbucks VIA packet, etc.
and for the lazy, just send an amazon gift card as an e-care package!