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!

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!


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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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