20 Things You Can't Forget To Bring To College

20 Things You Can't Forget To Bring To College

Triple-check for these easily overlooked supplies!
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When you leave for college, the process of packing is a long and arduous one. Even when you triple-check everything, there's inevitably something you're going to forget. Learn from my mistakes, and remember to take these things with you!

1. An UMBRELLA

I'm pretty ashamed of myself that this is something I'm admitting I forgot. About two weeks into school, there was a huge rainstorm and I apparently didn't realize that I would need an umbrella to avoid getting soaking wet. (Problem solved however, I brought one back!)

2. Loose Leaf Paper

I'm personally a fan of writing in notebooks, but there will probably be a class where you're going to want to keep everything in a binder. And you might need to hand something in. Don't forget that paper - you'll find a use for it eventually. *Hint: Bring it beforehand - you won't want to drop the cash on the overpriced 150 sheets at the bookstore.

3. Extra Headphones and Chargers

You will inevitably bring them to your friends' room or loan them out and completely forget. Pack an extra!

4. Rainboots

It's not a good day when you realize you haven't brought rainboots and there's puddles of water everywhere.

5. A fan

I can't sleep without a fan blowing in my face (no idea why), but you'll really want one when it's hot in the beginning of the year. Even if you can control your room's temperature, there's a good chance the building's heat is way hotter than you'd like it. It also helps for air circulation!

6. Wrinkle Release Spray

My awesome roommate swears by it, and the first time I used it I realized why. Spray a garment and in five minutes it looks as if you've ironed it. Way cheaper and far more space efficient than an ironing board!

7. Closet/Door Shoe Organizer

There are tons of different ways to use these things for storage. You can store shoes like suggested, snacks, or even cleaning supplies. I have one hanging in my closet that organizes my shoes and has spaces for towels!

8. Mini First Aid Kit

At some point you're going to get sick, and you're going to be SO GLAD that you have some of that DayQuil. Include stuff like extra band-aids, Mucinex, Neosporin, Anti-itch cream, etc. Everything that's in your mom's medicine cabinet you're eventually going to wish you had!

9. Tools

You definitely won't need a whole tool bench, but having a small screwdriver or two will come in handy when something comes apart.

10. Ice Cube Trays

This is something I had to buy about a week into school when I realized I wanted some iced tea, but there was no way I was fitting a bag of ice in my mini-fridge freezer.

11. Cards

I'm talking "Thank You" type cards. You never know when you're going to want to send some snail-mail to your best friend or give someone a little birthday card!

12. LOTS of Throw Blankets

Your dorm might be hot, but it also might get really cold. Bring some throw blankets so you don't have to mess up your whole bed when you need to cover up sitting at your desk, or when someone comes over!

13. Plastic Bowls and Cups

You can usually go to Target and find a pack of three bowls and cups for under $5. They're great for when you want to make some soup or cereal! Don't forget dish soap and a sponge with that.

14. A Can Opener

Sometimes when you're sniffly and can't breathe you just really want that can of Campbell's.

15. A Stapler

Believe it or not, sometimes those Target staplers don't come with actual staples. A marketing flaw.

16. Three Hole Punch

You don't realize how often you use them in high school until they're not on your teacher's desk.

17. Quarters

Depending on where you go, you might need quarters to do your laundry or get something from the vending machine. Inquire about this during orientation!

18. A ROBE

It doesn't matter if you live in a co-ed dorm with communal showers or in a suite-style room. Walking from the shower to your room is a weird experience when you're only wrapped in a towel.

19. Safety Supplies

We're going to put a lot of things on this list. I mean literally any type of something that's going to keep you safe in some way. Pepper spray, Epi pen, inhaler, condoms. Make sure you prepare for every sort of emergency. Oh, also bring a flashlight. When the lights go out AND your phone dies you're going to be in a predicament.

20. A Safe

This was one of the best things my parents got me to bring to school. You don't want to leave your wallet or expensive camera hanging around in your room when you're not using it. It comes in handy - trust me.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Overcoming Adversity Through Dedicated Involvement

The symbolism and values behind my sorority and the six honors society I am involved in are treasures I will take with me after graduation.

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This past weekend was action packed. On Saturday, April 27th, I had my Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society induction and on Sunday, April 28th, I was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success induction in the early afternoon and then proceeded to present my senior legacy plan for my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha.

On Saturday, I was inducted into Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society. This honors society is particularly special to me because it celebrates the accomplishments of students with some form of disability, yet, despite these barriers, are able to break the stigma surrounding disabilities through setting the example that disabilities do not have to hold us back, or "disable us." This organization encourages us to celebrate our achievements, whatever form they may take while setting an example going forward that disabilities may be a part of who of we are, but do not define us, nor limit us in being leaders and achieving great things.

Earlier this semester I was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, which is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year universities. According to the National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: Lambda, logos, meaning logic; Pi, pathos, relating to emotion; and Eta, ethos, defined as character credibility and ethics.

During the Fall 2018 semester, I was initiated into Order of Omega, honor society for leaders in the Greek community and encouraging Greek-wide unity among the sororities and the fraternities. I was also initiated into Golden Key International Honour Society. The seal of Golden Key puts emphasis on academics, leadership, and service. As with all these different honor's societies, recognition of academic excellence is only the beginning; these organizations aim to help students discover who they are so that they can reach their potential.

The year prior, during the Fall 2017 semester, I was initiated into Tau Sigma Honor Society for Transfer Students and became a charter member for my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. Tau Sigma aims to help transfer students feel recognized in their academic achievements through the first semester at their new school, while also promoting their involvement in student life so that transfer students, like myself, can continue successfully through their journey after transferring. The values of Alpha Sigma Alpha, growth, integrity, responsibility, generosity, enjoyment, relationships, and learning are what drew me to this organization, in the first place, and, in fact, I have them as my lock-screen screensaver.

I absolutely adore symbolism and the deeper meaning behind what can potentially be taken at face value. I was so excited to learn more about the shield for NSLS, over the weekend, which includes a Phoenix, just how ASA's insignia does. The Phoenix in NSLS symbolizes overcoming adversity since the Phoenix is capable of rising from the ashes. For my legacy plan, I discussed the symbolism of Alpha Sigma Alpha as an organization and shared my experiences pertaining to each symbol through in what became a PowerPoint photo book, which also turned into a day of celebrating poise and purpose, living joyously, and success through leadership development.

The Delta Alpha Pi pin and the National Society of Leadership and Success, are great additions to my "honors bear," which was given to me by my parents the day of my Cuyahoga Community College commencement ceremony; I have been adding pins to it ever since I transferred to Cleveland State University. All I'm missing is my Order of Omega pin, but the rest of them are pictured in the cover photo.

With my involvement in all of these student organizations, I will be wearing 5 sets of honors cords, my honors award medallion, and my ASA stole at graduation. Initially, I was embarrassed by all my graduation regalia, but thanks to the reassurance and support from my best friends and parents, I am no longer embarrassed and am so proud of myself for how far I really have come, despite mental illness, trauma, and recovery, and what I've been able to achieve despite.

Though it's technically a mythical creature, the Phoenix has officially become my spirit animal, right up there with owls and butterflies, because no matter what happens, I know in my heart of hearts that I am more than capable of overcoming adversity, whatever shape it may take, and am so excited to move forward fearlessly, with these values and symbols guiding the way.

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