20 Things you NEED to Bring Before you Move Into the Dorms

20 Things you NEED to Bring Before you Move Into the Dorms

They may seem obvious, but you WILL FORGET.

Here are the 20 things I wish I would have brought to college BEFORE I moved in!

1. Scissors

My roommate and I always needed scissors when we moved in so we had to go to our neighbors when we first moved in.

2. Nail Clippers

Even to go around my hall NO ONE HAD THEM. So my roommate and I went and bought our own.

3. Ibuprofen

Everyone has pain some days, we just forgot to bring some...

4.Mulitcolored Pens

I learned my first 8 weeks that color coating is the way to go when you are writing notes, I had to go out to buy some multicolored pens because I was tired of looking at the same black, blue, and red ink.

5. Extension cords

We were always just out of reach of the power outlet

6. Power strip

There was never enough outlets in the room to fit our needs

7. Electric kettle

*Easiest way to heat up water for Ramen*

8. Britta Picture

You DO NOT want the dorm tap water


You always need extra lighting at your desk


My roommate and I forgot to buy light bulbs for our lamps...

11. A FAN

Your dorm will be VERY HOT AND YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOU ARE DYING, so please bring like 3 fans.


I am always cold so I keep heater under my desk for the "cold" fall days

13. Tape

You will want to "fix" things that require tape to fix

14. A Stapler

There are no staplers on campus, you have to search high and low to find one. So, now I keep one in my bookbag and one at my desk.

15.Dish soap

When you want to do dishes, it is kind of strange to ask the "floor mom" for dish soap

16.Shower shoes

Please bring them, the floors are gross..

17. Command Strips


18. Extra Phone Charger

You constantly lose it.

19. A comfortable chair

I constantly drag my comfy chair around the hall to sit in other peoples room.

20. Tool Kit

To take apart the things that I don't want together (safety bar on the bed)......

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4 reasons how Drake's New Album May Help Us Fight Mental Illness

Increasing Evidence Points to Music as a Potential Solution to the Mental Health Problem.


Okay, You caught me!

I am NOT just talking about everybody's favorite actor-turned-rapper— or second, if you've seen Childish Gambino's "This is America" music video. Unfortunately, current research hasn't explored specific genres and artists. However, studies HAVE provided significant evidence in possibilities for music to treat mental health disorders. Now, before you say something that your parents would not be proud of, ask yourself if you can really blame me for wanting to get your attention. This is an urgent matter concerning each one of us. If we all face the truth, we could very well reach one step closer to solving one of society's biggest problems: Mental Health.

The Problem:

As our nation continues to bleed from tragedies like the horrific shooting that shattered the lives of 70 families whose loved ones just wanted to watch the "Dark Knight Rises" during its first hours of release, as well as the traumatic loss of seventeen misfortunate innocents to the complications of mental health disorders in the dear city of Parkland— a city mere hours from our very own community— it's impossible to deny the existence of mental illness. As many of us can already vouch, mental illness is much more common than what most would think: over 19 million adults in America suffer from a mental health disorder. Picture that: a population slightly less than that of Florida is plagued by hopelessness, isolation, and utter despair.

Disease in the form of depression holds millions of people prisoner, as anxieties instill crippling desperation and too many struggles with finding peace. This can be you. It could be your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your cousin, your aunt, your uncle, your friend, your roommate, your fraternity brother, your sorority sister, your lab partner, or just your classmate that sits in the corner of the lecture hall with a head buried into a notebook that camouflages all emotion.

I hope we— the UCF community— understand the gravity of the problem, but it's clear that some still see mental illness as a disease that affects only a handful of "misfits" who "terrorize" our streets, while the numbers reveal more to the issue. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental health disorder. The problem is so serious that suicide has risen to become the second-leading cause of death among 20 to 24-year-olds. While many continue to ask for more antidepressants and even the occasional "proper spanking," recent studies indicate increases in occurrence, such as one in depression from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. So, clearly, none of that is working.

The Evidence:

If we really want to create a world where our children are free from the chains of mental illness, we need to think outside the box. Doctors and scientists won't really talk about this since it's still a growing field of research, but music has strong potential. We don't have any options at the moment, which means we need to change our mindset about music and to continue to explore its medicinal benefits. If you're still skeptical because of the title, then please consider these 4 pieces of solid evidence backed by scientific research:

1. Music has been proven to improve disorders like Parkinson's Disease.

Researchers sponsored by the National Institute of Health— the country's largest research agency— saw an improvement in the daily function of patients with Parkinson's Disease. This makes patients shake uncontrollably, which often prevents them from complete functionality. The disease is caused by a shortage of dopamine— a chemical your neurons, or brain cells, release; since music treats this shortage, there's an obvious ability to increase dopamine levels. As numerous studies connect dopamine shortages to mental illnesses like depression, addiction, and ADHD, someone could possibly use music's proven ability to increase dopamine levels to treat said problems.

2. Listening to the music has the potential to activate your brain's "reward center."

In 2013, Valorie Salimpoor and fellow researchers conducted a study that connected subjects' pleasure towards music to a specific part of the brain. This key structure, the nucleus accumbens, is the body's "reward center," which means all of you have experienced its magical powers. In fact, any time the brain detects a rewarding sensation— drinking ice-cold water after a five-mile run in sunny, humid Florida, eating that Taco Bell chalupa after a long happy hour at Knight's Library, and even consuming recreational drugs— this structure releases more of that fantastic dopamine. So, with further research into specifics, doctors may soon be prescribing your daily dose of tunes for your own health.

3. Listening to Music may be more effective than prescription anti-anxiety medication.

In 2013, Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin— two accomplished doctors in psychology— reviewed a study wherein patients waiting to undergo surgery were given either anti-anxiety medications or music to listen to. The study took into account cortisol levels, which are used daily by healthcare professionals to gauge patient levels. This "stress hormone" was actually found to be lower in patients who listened to classical music rather those who took the recommended dose of prescription drugs. Sit there and think about that for a second: these patients actually felt more relaxed with something as simple as MUSIC than with chemicals that are made specifically to force patients into relaxation before surgery. Why pop a Xanax when you can just listen to Beethoven?

4. Music may release the chemicals that help you naturally relax and feel love.

Further studies continue to justify music's place in the medical world as results demonstrate increases in substances such as prolactin— a hormone that produces a relaxing sensation— as well as oxytocin— the substance that promotes warmth and happiness during a hug between mother and child. So this study basically showed us that music has the potential to actually make you feel the way you did when Mom or Dad would embrace you with the warmest hug you've ever felt.

The Future:

The evidence I present you with today is ultimately just a collection of individual situations where specific people found specific results. There are a lot of variables when it comes to any research study; therefore, data is never truly certain. We should take these findings as strong suggestions to a possible solution, but we must remember the possibility of failure in our search.

The neurochemistry behind the music and its medicinal properties is just beginning to unfold before the scientific community. In fact, extremely qualified scientists from the National Institute of Health— the organization that basically runs any important medical study in the United States— continue to remind us of the subject's youth with the constant use of "potential" behind any and all of their findings. Therefore, it's our responsibility as a community to look into this— not just that of the scientists at the National Institute of Health.

We're all surrounded by music. It's at the bars. It's in our ears during all-night sessions at the UCF library. It's keeping us awake through East Colonial traffic at 7:00 AM while hordes of students focus on their cell phone screens instead of the paved roads ahead. It's in the shoes we wear, the actions we take, and the words we say. IF YOU'RE READING THIS: it's accessible to you. So, don't be shy, and try to play with your Spotify account, or even just on YouTube, and gauge the power of music. As more and more of us see the light, we can promote the movement and carry on as more research comes out to support us.

Drop the bars, drop those addictive pills that destroy your body slowly, and pick up your headphones and press PLAY.

Just relax, close your eyes, smile, and live.

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I am sure we all have taken a public speaking and communication class at least once during our high school or college career. Or, you were forced to give them in an English class. Either way, public speaking class is full of stress, anxiety and pressure to do your best and not mess up. Public speaking class is also full of heated debates, controversial issues, and the occasional interesting topic. I recently passed my public speaking/communication class, and I have found 12 Hillary (aka FLOTUS babe) Clinton gifs that have perfectly summed up my experience in that easy yet stressful class:

1. Your face when a student picks a controversial topic to argue about and the class is about to get heated:

2. That look you give when someone is rambling on during a presentation and you have to pretend like you're paying attention out of pity:

3. Your face when someone says something a little ignorant:

4. Your face when someone says something that makes you question if they were born in the 50s:

5. That head shake when someone cites Wikipedia or the Huffington Post for a presentation and you know they're about to get points knocked off:

6. How you feel when your friend goes up and does a fantastic job on their speech:

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