If there's one thing that has set me apart from the majority of my friends at college, it's that I have lived in the same city for my entire life. Certain people are simply amazed that I have never once moved, and even more amazed that I am far from being the only one. Although we often complain about the lack of things to do in town, us Tallahassee natives still find comfort in our hometown, despite a certain unpleasant nickname some people like to use thanks to "The Office." Here is a list of some things that I think most Tally natives have in common.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.
These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.
During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.
To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.
5. Makeup wipes
For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.
6. Extra sheets and towels
Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.
7. Tide pods
These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.
For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.
For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.
Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.
11. Chip clips
You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.
12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes
You can never have enough.
13. Rain boots
So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.
14. Alarm clock
If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.
Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.
16. Command strips
These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.
Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.
18. Air mattress or sleeping bag
For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.
At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.
20. Red solo cups
Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.
This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.
22. Crazy daydrink clothes
If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.
23. Towel wrap
If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.
You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.
25. Comfortable heels
Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.
26. Business casual and business professional clothes
And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.
27. Water bottle
In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).
If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.
Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.
30. Mini fridge
When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.
Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).
So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.
33. Drying rack
Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?
34. Rubbing alcohol
Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.
These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!
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Since I was little, I've always had a creative mind. I was making up stories in my head, and acting them out with dolls or just with my imagination.
I started multiple novels with these grandiose plots, and I would get a chapter or two in and then want to start a new one. (So if anyone wants to buy any American Girl and Titanic crossover novels, let me know and I'll give you the creative liberties.)
In fourth grade, we had to write a chapter book, and I remember writing and illustrating it all myself and all these years later, I remember that one project for English.
All through grade school and high school, I would be writing little stories. My friends and I participated in Camp Nanowrimo in August and we would race to try and write 50,000 words in that month for a novel. For one of my college apps, I was asked to grab their attention in 100 words, so I decided to start a horror novel. (Yes, I realize now that may not have been the best course of action, but oh well, it was a blast!) Once college apps were done, I decided to expand off of my application essay, and I wrote the first two or three chapters of that story.
One day I'll go back to it because I know where I want it to go. Today, sadly, is not that day.
When I started college, the first two years were different. Even though I was taking classes where I was reading a lot, I wasn't writing for fun, and I wasn't telling stories even when I was writing. It was all for assignments.
As more and more of my Facebook feed became my friends posting Odyssey articles that they had written or that they liked, I became curious. A. What was this platform? B. Who could join it? and C. Where did it come from?
I remember telling the then president of Odyssey Chicago that I wanted an outlet for my thoughts, and I think that is the basic reason. I wanted to be able to get my ideas and my words out there. So I guess that's the long and short of it.
I write for me mainly, but I also write to try and get better at expressing what's going on in my head. Who knows, maybe one day I'll finish a novel.