Last Minute Preparation Tips
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Whether this is your first time hosting or you’re a host pro, last minute preparations before your international student can seem overwhelming and rushed. No need to fear, Twinn Palms has compiled a list of reminders to help your last minute preparations go smoothly just in time for the arrival of your new student.
- Is the room ready? Do you have the bedding washed and the pillows fluffed?
- What’s the current situation on the bathroom? Have you prestocked with travel (or full sized) toiletries? Is there a place for his/her personal items too? How about some lovely gender neutral baskets under the sink or a plant to brighten up the bathroom?
- How’s the study space looking? When was the last time the pencils were sharpened and the light bulbs replaced?
- Have you considered a home tour? It’s important your student knows where to get extra toilet paper and clean towels; not to mention the wi-fi password. These little things can help him/her settle in quickly.
- Have you stocked your refrigerator with healthy snacks and maybe practice a recipe or two from your new student’s hometown?
- What about the neighborhood tour? Have you spoken with your family to decide where and when to take your student to your favorite local haunts?
- What time does school start? What time does it get out? And more importantly, who is responsible for taking your student to and from school?
- Have you made a list of the names and phone numbers of everyone who lives in the house to share with your student? What about a house key? Have you got a copy ready for your student?
- Take a moment to make a little welcome/care package for your student. Nothing says, “Welcome Home” better than a nice little package of yummy treats and fun essentials.
- Remember: first impressions are everything…is the bedroom stark and uninviting or are there some lovely personal touches to help your student feel more at home instead of in a hotel room?
- **Bonus: Don’t forget to breathe, have fun, and know that no matter how rushed you may feel; you and your student are going to have a wonderful year together building memories, laughing, and sharing experiences. That’s the most important part anyway.