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The 10 Best Things I Bought for my Freshman Year

August 1, 2020

When you are first moving to college and getting ready to be on your own it can be overwhelming deciding what to bring. My freshman year I ended up buying a lot of things that never proved to be useful. It is important to pack smart since you will likely not have a lot of space. Here are a few things that I bought my freshman year that I still use today.

  1. A Good Mattress Pad

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can be hard to get enough sleep amidst the excitement of freshman year. You don’t want an uncomfortable mattress to be the reason you can’t get enough sleep. If you get a quality mattress pad you can use it for years to come and you will definitely feel the benefit.

  1. Spotify Student Membership

One of the perks of being a college student are all of the discounts that are available to you. One of my favorite student perks is Spotify’s student membership. The membership only costs $5 a month and also includes Hulu and Showtime. This can satisfy all your entertainment needs and provides lots of music to study to.

  1. Yoga Mat

Exercise is always valuable for relieving stress and staying healthy. Having a yoga mat in your room is a way to workout at home when you don’t have time to go to your school’s gym.  

  1. Reusable utensils, plates, and cups

When you want to reheat some take out or have a snack, it’s always good to have reusable dishes on hand. Even if you have a meal plan, you will probably be eating in your room as well. Reusables are very handy and are better for the environment than disposables. 

  1. Weather appropriate clothing

If you are moving from a hot to cold climate or cold to hot, it is important to research ahead of time what kind of clothing is needed. You don’t want to be without a proper coat in the freezing cold!

  1. Power Strip

I would first check to see if your housing allows this but it can be very helpful to have a power strip for all of your chargers since you may only have access to one outlet. 

  1. Wheeled Laundry Basket

This may be a bit more expensive than a traditional laundry basket but it will be very useful when you are hauling your laundry to and from the laundry room. 

  1. Heated Blanket

If you are going to be living in a colder climate, a heated blanket is a necessary luxury. It can be hard to adjust to a new climate and this will give you some comfort on particularly cold nights. 

  1. HydroFlask

Staying hydrated can help you stay healthy. A Hydroflask will keep your water cold all day and is a great motivator to drink water. 

  1. Polaroids

Pictures are a great way to decorate your room while bringing a personal touch. Whether you use a polaroid photo printer or a service like Parabo, photos can help to lift your spirits when homesick and document new memories in college.

Freshman year is without a doubt going to have its excitements and struggles! Regardless, these are somethings that you are sure to invest in that you will continue to use later in life.

Other Student Life

10 Things You Should Definitely Bring To College

July 28, 2017

1) Stationery/Office Supplies

You’ll be writing a ton of papers in college. Invest in a stapler, 3 hole puncher, pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, paper clips, binder clips, and any other stationary supplies that will help you throughout the semester.

2) A First Aid Kit

Always always always make sure you keep a first aid kit handy. I can’t stress this enough. My biggest mistake freshman year was never having a first aid kit and always having to use my friend’s. They come equipped with band-aids, ointment, gloves, pain relievers, and other necessities to help you if you become injured.

3) Stain Removing Spray

I personally believe that everyone should carry a Tide-to-go stick in their purse or bookbag for messy moments, but you should also always have a strong stain removing spray that you keep with your detergent and fabric softener for bigger spots. I have a tendency to eat in my bed a lot which of course leads to spills and stains but two quick sprays of my stain remover and a wash later and my sheets or blankets are good as new again.

4) Command Hooks

If you plan on hanging picture frames, canvases, or stringing lights around your dorm, command hooks will be your best friend. They come in different shapes and sizes and do such an amazing job of keeping your decorations in place.

5) A Combination Lock

Typically, the rec center will have lockers that don’t have locks on them. Not only is this inconvenient most of the time, but it is also an issue because you never know who is around and could touch your valuables. It’s key to invest in a combination lock that only you know the code for so you can work out in peace, knowing that your valuables are safe.

6) A Planner

Although a lot of us use their gmail calendar or iphone apps, I still like keeping track of things in my planner specifically for homework. Agenda books are the first item I buy every year before school starts. I try to always find one that will last me the entire year so I can easily keep track of everything I have to do for the next two semesters. Agenda books are becoming much more versatile than they used to be. They aren’t boring black and white ones anymore; now they come in different shapes and sizes, colors, and brands, all great for organizing.

7) Protection

This is a catch all term.  But seriously, it is a topic to discuss.  Evaluate what will happen if you are a victim of theft; if you become sick; or become so ill or if an injury impacts your ability to complete the term.  There are affordable insurance alternatives for students.  Just know your options and be sure to have a plan in case the unexpected happens.

8) Shower Stuff & Caddy

If you’re living in a traditional dorm, you’re most likely going to have to share a bathroom with what feels like 100 people so obviously you can’t keep your toiletries in there. Make sure you buy a shower caddy that you can bring back and forth with you when you go shower. I would suggest buying two for the year because these tend to get moldy by the end of the first semester so you want to make sure you have a new one for the second chance. Remember, fresh beginnings for the spring!

9) Spackling Paste

The last thing someone usually thinks of as something bring to college. If you plan on putting anything on your walls, the best thing you can do for yourself is buy some spackle. Since most of the dorms you’ll encounter typically have white/cream colored walls, this product is amazing because it goes on pink at first but dries as a nice, white color. It can be used to cover up any patches, holes, ripped off paint, and any scrapes on the wall.

10) A Fan

ALWAYS invest in a fan for your room. Even if you’ll be living in an air conditioned unit, you never know if the air will feel cool enough for you. If you live in a traditional dorm, a fan will be your best friend, especially if there’s no air conditioning in your building.


Other Transition

8 Things College Freshmen Need To Know (Before School)

August 18, 2016
8 Things College Freshmen Need to Know

Out-of-state or not, living away from home for the first time means adjusting to new responsibilities. From getting along with your roommate to keeping up with classes, you’ll be expected to navigate through experiences and make adjustments to your former lifestyle. Here are eight tips to help you make the best start possible:

Remember: you’re all in the same boat. Despite the obvious cliché, this may be the most accurate way to describe the first week of college. It may feel like you’re completely alone, but it’s important to realize that almost every other freshmen you meet during orientation is probably feeling the same way. Think of it as a way to meet friends more easily.

Attend orientation activities. Don’t write off that day at the beach or trip to the mall as a cheesy get together. You never know where you’ll meet a new friend. And don’t forget, the people you meet at those outings are there for the same reason you are—to meet other students and (hopefully) make new friends!

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