Living in the dorms is a rite of passage for millions of first-year college students. But like the rest of the college experience, it’s costly. And in many cases it’s mandatory. Moving my only daughter into the dorms of scenic Appalachian State University her freshman year was tough on us both, but an exciting time….

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