College is an exciting time to learn to be more independent. Since mom's no longer there cleaning up after you and you can't ask her where the towels are, it helps to be organized. Take this as an opportunity to create your own space and discover what works for you.
You might be asking, "But... How do I get started?"
"What do I need?"
Think about all the essential stuff you need first and make a list. Clothes, Toiletries, Food.. etc. Don't forget to consider your location, does it get really hot? cold? Maybe a WOOZOO fan might be essential if the average temperature is 86 degrees all the time.
Afterwards think about all the things you want to bring but be mindful of the limited space you will have. Smaller things like makeup will be easy to bring while a whole vanity... not so much.
But there's a solution! You can get a small drawer to put on top of your desk like this one.
Link to small desk drawer: Amazon
Maybe you've been told not to put anything under your bed growing up but you definitely want to utilize the space under your bed ESPECIALLY if it can be lofted. These drawers in the pictures are individual boxes that you can stack. So you can customize it to your liking. Not to mention the size differences.
You could also place this stackable shoe rack underneath the bed for a clean look and easy access.
If your dorm doesn't have enough closet space or you have too many clothes that you just cant leave behind, there's a solution for that too.