When you’re growing up, you spend the whole time wishing you were older. When you get into your teenage years, adults tell you to enjoy it while you’re still young. I’m the oldest of four kids, and I always wanted to be the boss or the grown up; however, looking back everything was perfect when I was five.
1. Your mom can take care of you when you’re sick
Whether you’re in kindergarten or ninth grade, it’s nice to live at home when you’re sick so your mom's there to take care of you, bring you medicine or water, and give you that extra attention everyone loves.
2. You appreciate the little things in life
In an age where nap time was the enemy, you appreciate the simple things in life. Snack time was the best; Santa was the most interesting person ever (I mean, he still is in my opinion); and you couldn’t wait to slide or swing with your friends at recess.
3. You were friends with everyone
If John was being annoying yesterday, you could still share the sandbox with him the next day. Things weren’t so concrete, and it was easier not to be offended or hold grudges.
4. Everything is celebrated with a craft or party
If you didn’t have cupcakes for every single person’s birthday, did you even go to kindergarten? The class parents brought in cookies for every holiday, event or celebration. You made Christmas ornaments, painted pumpkins, ALWAYS dressed up for Halloween and colored on a daily basis. When I was in kindergarten, my youngest brother was born, and even that was celebrated — everyone gave me gifts for the new baby at my baby shower and of course, we had cupcakes.
I might have just oversimplified the kindergarten experience, so sorry to kindergarteners everywhere. But I’m jealous of all the five-year-olds out there who have the energy to run around outside for hours, live their lives on the edge and love everything.
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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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1. Show Up On Syllabus Week
Even though your two years older brother, whose going to the same exact college, swears that syllabus week isn't necessary--it is. Some teachers get their classes up and going right away, taking no time for reviewing the syllabus because you're a big college kid now and should've done that on your own time. During syllabus week, you'll either hop right into lessons or actually review the syllabus that you should've before but you know you didn't. Either way, it's beneficial to go just for the sake of learning where the class is, if not anything else.
2. Show Up On Time After That
Punctuality is everything about how others see you for first impressions. If you're the kid strolling in ten minutes late everyday, everyone is going to get annoyed--including the teacher. Have some respect for yourself and others. Be sure to attend class on time. Some would say if you're five minutes late, don't come at all, but that's more for the sake of the class and you've got to be watching out for yourself.
3. Sit In Front
It's not awkward or weird to sit in the very front of the lecture hall, I promise. You're actually setting yourself up for the best when the teacher's mic fails and she's resorted to shouting the rest of the lesson instead of cancelling it. Not only that, but your questions are always addressed first and you can be the first one to reach her after the class is over, instead of the tenth in the line of people who were too nervous to ask the questions during class.
4. Participate In Class
If, or rather when, the teacher asks the class to answer a question, just raise your hand and answer it. Stop stressing over whether you're wrong or not. It's far easier just to answer and let class move along instead of sitting there for an awkward five minutes of silence and paper shuffling. Another note, if you have a question, ask it. This refers back to the line of ten people that appears after class because they were too nervous to ask in front of a crowd. Not to mention you're all probably asking the same question. Moral of the story, if you have a question, ask it because at least one other person out of two hundred has that same one.
5. Go To Office Hours
If you need help, get it. Or even if you don't, get it anyways. Have them check over the outline of your paper or ask them what topics they feel will be touched on most during the test. Or even just go in there to have coffee with them. Office hours suck when no one comes in and many TAs enjoy getting to know their students. You're in college; you're supposed to be networking.
6. Talk To Them Like They're People
Because they are. Don't raise your voice when you didn't study and weren't prepared and didn't get the grade you wanted. Don't yell when you aren't getting something. Form a relationship, a good one, because they're students too, probably only four years older than you. They like to get drunk on Friday's too--you'll see them out at the same bars you go to right after you sent that email to them, asking a question about the paper.