The easiest way to ease the transition and make your dorm look a little nicer? POSTERS. Seriously, I didn't have posters in my room until about October of my freshman year--you do not know how depressing it looked in there before that. I found all my posters extremely cheap on Amazon. We're talking under a dollar here per poster! You do have to pay for shipping, but your posters come in quickly and in perfect condition.
Here's the posters I have in my dorm right now:
The Dalai Lama poster is due to the fact that the Dalai Lama himself is coming to my university next month! I'm sure I'll have tons more to say about the experience when it nears. The inspirational quotes are really nice to read, especially when I'm having a bad day and need to tell myself everything's going to be okay.
We put this poster over the futon in our living-room area. It's kind of fun looking at--it really makes me realize that I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to geography. Worse than Miss South Carolina? I know where Iraq is on the map, thank god, so at least that's something.
The main idea I'm trying to get at? Find posters that will make you happy. College can be so stressful at times that you need something to pick you up, even if its only a quote on a Dalai Lama poster. Or these wonderful words of wisdom from Friends: "Never let a chick or a duck near a foosball table".