10 Things You Do And Don't Need At College

10 Things You Do And Don't Need At College

Not Included: Mom to help you figure out life.

Packing for college can at points feel more stressful than all of high school. You never feel like you’ll have everything, and then you get shaken to your core when you see someone is lightyears ahead of you, and has seemingly cleared out Bed Bath & Beyond. I’m a professional college student, so I can say from years of experience, here are a few things you do and DON’T need to cram into your SUV.

What you DO need:

1. A mini-fridge.

As essential as essential gets, even if it’s just to keep your Natty Lights cold. Upgrade your lifestyle by getting one with a separate freezer.

2. A coffeemaker.

Fun fact: a bag of coffee costs just as much as a Venti drink at Starbucks.

Consider college the beginning of a love affair with caffeine.

3. A laptop.

And for what it’s worth, look into a Mac. My campus is very Mac friendly, and you really can’t beat the processing power, lack of viruses and ease of use. If you are crossing over from a PC, it might take you a month or so to get used to it, but with the new Windows format, you’ll be glad you switched.

4. An external hard drive.

See yourself taking a graphic design class? Dare you say you are a photography major? Adobe files and raw images take up more space than you can imagine — and having your computer crash the night before a final will actually make all of your hair fall out in stressful heaps. Also, they all look the same, so write your name on it, for the love of the divine.

5. A professional outfit.

A professional outfit. Freshman year, they might let you slide, but come sophomore year, many teachers will be expecting professional dress for presentations. Personally, I only have one truly formal look I affectionately refer to as a my “presentation outfit.” Keep it simple, as you don’t want your clothes to compete with your project, so neutrals are a go, bright pink J. Crew pixie pants are not, however cute or however discounted you got them for. Also, flats before heels. TRUST.

Honorable mention: A blazer — it just turns you into an instant power player.

6. Something that reminds you of home.

Like your favorite books, favorite mug or favorite pieces of jewelry. If you are like me, I brought my pillowcase from home and used it for a few nights to get adjusted. It wildly clashed with my Urban Outfitters chic aesthetic considering it was pink polka dots, but it still smelled like home (weird? -- no shame) and is one of the softest things I’ve ever encountered. To this day I still have it in my top drawer, and even though it gets forgotten 98 percent of the time, it still makes me smile when I’m digging for a pair of socks.

Honorable mention: I brought my kitty, Benjamin!

What you don't need:

1. Every knickknack you've collected over your nearly two decades of life.

Like a glow necklace from prom or your entire DVD collection. I know you want it to seem like home, but don’t overdo it. There will be brand-new things to collect, however tacky they may be, like cups from your local pizza joint or every single bottle of Barefoot Moscato you’ve ever consumed to be displayed on a windowsill. And trust me, the further you are from home, the more it will pain you to have to schlep all of it home, or at least to a $40 storage unit. So moral of the story is to pack wisely, and in the long run, you won’t even remember what you miss.

2. A printer.

A printer. Sure, it might be convenient, but most schools provide printer money and will print at a much higher quality.

3. A TV.

My laptop has been my TV for my entire college experience, and if you really wanna watch live TV, nearly every dorm has a common area with a flatscreen for your viewing pleasure.

4. Your high school spirit wear.

Sure it’s comfortable, and it sure it’s charged with memories, but so is college. Trust me when I tell you that nothing makes an upperclassman’s eyes roll faster than when they see a senior sweatshirt or a team T-shirt with your nickname “T-Money” on the back. Keep a few pieces for running errands, chillin’, and workout clothes...nothing more.

Cover Image Credit: hercampus.com

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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