10 Thoughts Every Freshman College Student Has While Shopping For Their Dorm Room
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10 Thoughts Every Freshman College Student Has While Shopping For Their Dorm Room

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10 Thoughts Every Freshman College Student Has While Shopping For Their Dorm Room

With fall semester right around the corner, every eager freshman is finishing up their dorm shopping––or just beginning. Whether you have waited until the last minute, or have been preparing for this moment your whole life (for some that is a very true statement), you are all shopping with the same purpose: to get items to complete your new home away from home. People may say, "You only need the basics, the school provides everything else for you." I am here to say that may be true, but who doesn't love to shop and spend money on a million things we may or may not use throughout the upcoming semesters?


1. It's on sale and I need it.

Who doesn’t love a good sale? Sales are one of those things where you are just so amazed by the deal that you have to purchase the item, whether you need it or not. For example, when Publix has a BOGO aka the savior of all broke college students, you'll find yourself saying, "Wow, okay! I can get 10 cans of tuna for ten dollars so I have to buy them." Then you'll get home and realize "Wait, I don’t even eat tuna...or like it matter of fact."

2. My roommate could use it, too.

Always thinking with your roommate in mind. They say two is better than one, especially when purchasing anything for your dorm. Just think of the multiple ways we can both use things. Besides, it's a really good excuse to buy double the amount of Easy Mac without double the guilt on your part.

3. It's pink and/or sparkly. I should add it to the cart.

Okay, all of us girls can admit to doing this. Maybe not just with something pink, but when we see something cute...we just have to have it. Especially when it comes to something for our dorms.


4. I am going to be more organized in college. I need this desk organizer.

At the start of every new school year we all say we are going to be more organized and have a successful year. Of course, while doing my freshman dorm shopping, I’m already thinking about how I’m going to tackle this upcoming semester and having a new desk organizer will totally help keep me on track (right?). Even though we all know it will end up filled with syllabus' I probably won't read and torn off wristbands from the bar.

5. New bedspread, new planners...I might as well just buy it all.

New year, new me, new everything. Your freshman year of college is a time for firsts and new things. We all go out and buy a new laptop, new clothes, etc. Starting the school year off with new and exciting items starts the year off right. Buying things just makes me happy and who doesn't want to just be happy to start off their new semester?

6. Wait, maybe I don't want to move out anymore.

Then you hit the point in dorm shopping where you are getting stressed out and just want to stop it all. While shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond a few weeks ago I had a mini mental breakdown and realized I would be moving out of the house in just a few weeks. Then I realized no more home cooked meals, laundry done by my mom, cuddles with my dogs––and don’t let me forget, mommy and daddy helping me pay for things.

7. So, I think I already bought a lamp but I'm not sure, so I think I need to purchase this one to be safe.

While shopping for the extensive list of things you must get for your dorm, you will most likely double up on an item or completely forget to purchase something. It is totally okay to forget something and not have it on move-in day. The nice thing is that after moving everything in, you can take a step back and see what you may still need to complete your dorm. Maybe you did buy three of the same lamp on accident, but who cares? College you is totally going to need those three lamps...

8. My mom keeps telling me to pick up a bath caddy, but let's be real, I probably will never use it.

You could go to college across the country from your parents, and they will still nag you about the little things. We all get to college and there are so many things our parents tell us to do in a timely manner, that we probably won't find the time to complete. “Make sure you're vacuuming every couple of weeks." Sorry, mom. I just don’t think that is going to happen.

9. Am I really buying my third pair of sheets right now?


Let's be real...we all know that we are not going to be changing our sheets every few weeks like we did at home (or like our moms did for us).

10. I have to buy all these crafting supplies, so I can make my dorm the cutest.


You judge a book by its cover; you judge a freshman girl by her dorm. You'll buy all of these supplies, just to look back and realize you painted one canvas and didn’t use half the paint, signs, and accessories you bought in the first place. Although I just wasted $50 on craft supplies to not use any of them, I am feeling good because I attempted making my dorm room look the best.


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