Things People Say  When You Move Cross-Country For College

6 Things You'll Hear If You're Moving From California To The East Coast

Moving from California to Pennsylvania comes with many not-so helpful opinions.
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A couple of months ago I announced my decision to attend Villanova University. It has been my dream school since my Freshman year. All my friends and family were ecstatic for me, and I am so grateful for their support. That being said, being born in small, southern California town, everybody and their mother seems to have comments about what my new living situation will entail. With graduation being last weekend, the main topic of conversation between myself and an adult is my move to the east coast to attend Villanova. While most of what is said are well-meaning, there are some comments that lose their charm after the 10,00th time you hear them.

1. "You don't understand cold yet."

I am aware that being from California, I have not experienced an East Coast winter, however, the only way I'll understand is when I actually experience it next winter. So for now, please stop reminding me to buy a jacket- I know.

2. “Won't you miss the beach?"

California is infamous for many reasons, one of the reasons being our sunny, beautiful beaches. Again, I know that there are no beaches in Pennsylvania but remember, I chose to trade the beach for snow, so that I could attend my dream school.

3. All that air travel will be a hassle."

Honestly, I'm sure it will. However, the most annoying part about flying is arriving to and navigating the airports. A flight is a flight whether I am flying one state over or across the country. I know it will be tiring. That's what Starbucks is for.

4. “The time zones are different."

The East Coast is 3 hours ahead of my time zone. While this may be a bit tricky to navigate at first, I don't anticipate too much trouble beyond the first few weeks. Also, as a college student, I don't think I will be up too early to call back home most times. Plus nowadays, with texting and social media, I can always message first to see if it is a good time to call.

5. “You're not used to the snow"

Similarly to #1, most everyone I talk to always points out the fact that there will be snow. In my opinion, the best way to learn how to survive in the snow is to live in it! I won't be bringing my car and with on-campus housing, in addition to uber and licensed friends, getting around in the snow will be okay. I'm sure my excitement over the snow will melt away within the first week or so of it snowing, but as for now, I am so excited to be able to experience a different climate. Also, the chance to see NYC in the snow, decorated for Christmas Time? Yes, Please!

6. “You'll miss California/You'll get Homesick."

I agree. I'm sure I will miss California and there will be days where I'm alone and all I want to do is come home. I would like to hope, however, that most of my time will be spent making friends, making memories, and making good marks. Missing home is a natural, healthy part of maturation and would likely happen whether I was across the country or even living just four hours away. I am very close with my family and as much as we'll miss each other, our bond will never break as they give me the freedom and courage in myself I need to succeed.

You mean well and you're worried about me. I understand that and I appreciate it, honestly, I do. When you say that I don't know what I'm getting myself into, you are right. That is all the more reason for me to do it! Just know that the best, and sometimes the only way to learn and grow is through experiences, and these are experiences that while intimidating, I could not be more excited or grateful to have. I'm sure there will be many great days and a few hard ones, but I'll learn, I'll grow, and I'll be better for it.

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30 First-Apartment Essentials College Kids Forget To Buy At Target And Later Order On Amazon

Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts.

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If you're anything like I am, you're beyond excited to start planning and shopping for your first apartment. It's easy to get wrapped up in the fun stuff for your first apartment, trust me, as a former Bed Bath & Beyond employee I could spend hours wandering through shower curtains and bedding.

Before you get too carried away there are just some essential things that you'll need, but they aren't as much fun to pick out. Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts, because I really don't see that ending well for you (I may or may not know that from personal experience).

1. Oven mitts

Gets those oven mitts because the sleeve of your sweater might seem like it will work, but I'm living proof that it won't, most sweaters have holes.

2. Trash bags

Don't wait until you need to throw something away to realize you don't have them.

3. Hand soap

It's not like a dorm bathroom where the maintenance staff refills a soap dispenser that's drilled into the wall. You're on your own kid.

4. Toilet paper

Again, no staff replacing it for you. Stay on top of it and make sure you always replace an empty roll, especially if you have roommates.

5. Water filter or pitcher

This one depends on whether your water is safe to drink or not, but be prepared. You don't want to move in under the summer sun only to realize you don't have any drinkable water at your snazzy new pad.

6. Tools

Hammers, screwdrivers, all that jazz. If you're moving in some furniture you're probably going to need tools to put it together.

7. Lighting

You don't want to be unpacking and stumbling around a new space in the dark your first night. Know what lighting is built in and where you might need to add some light.

8. Silverware organizer

Ok, so you probably remembered to pack the silverware, but do you really want to throw it all in a pile in a drawer? That's a good way to grab the wrong end of a knife by accident, maybe get some dividers to keep your silverware nice and sorted.

9. Dish towels

Most people think about bath towels, but if you're not used to having a kitchen you might not have thought of dish towels. You're going to need those when you're whipping up your favorite dinner.

10. Measuring cups

I'm a huge advocate for estimating and guessing in the kitchen, but if you're baking anything at all you should probably at least have some measuring utensils as a guide.

11. Bottle opener and corkscrew

You're going to want to crack open a drink and celebrate your first night in the new place. Wouldn't it be a buzzkill if you couldn't even get the drinks open?

12. Sponges

You have to be able to clean the counters and the dishes when you're done being an expert chef!

13. Paper towels

Spills happen, and you don't always want to clean them with your nice towels.

14. Toilet plunger

It's one of those things you never really think about... that is, until you need one.

15. Air freshner

You know, for after you use the toilet plunger.

16. Extension cords

You probably have a larger space than you're used to, sometimes those cords that come with all your new electronics just aren't quite long enough.

17. Utensil container

A little round pot or bucket is the perfect place to put all of your kitchen utensils. Things like spatulas and whisks will take up space in your drawers and create clutter. Plus, keeping them out makes them easier to grab when you're whipping up some food.

18. Batteries

There's nothing worse than getting your new TV all set up and realizing you can't use the remote.

19. Curtains

If you need darkness to sleep, you want to make sure you get those bedroom curtains up and ready to roll.

20. Toilet bowl brush

Sorry, but I'm certainly not reaching in there with my hands.

21. Ice cube trays

To keep you cool as a cucumber during this stressful time.

22. Can opener

Try prying a can open with your hands. I dare you.

23. Stain remover

For when you try to pry the can open with your hands and manage to spray tomato sauce all over yourself.

24. Carbon monoxide/Smoke detectors

Cause we don't want any tragedies here.

25. Collander

We both know you will be making pasta every night, so you're going to need to drain it.

26. Coasters

You definitely don't want to ruin your super fancy new Ikea table.

27. Dry erase board

No need to argue over who should take out the trash, just make sure to write down everyone's chores.

28. Underbed storage

On a college budget there's no way you can expect a walk-in closet, those clothes and shoes will have to go somewhere.

29. Drying rack

For when the dryer in your building inevitably stops working.

30. Step stool

If you're short, like me, you need a little help reaching that top shelf.

Hopefully this list has helped you feel a little more prepared to move into your first apartment. The decorating and planning is so much more enjoyable when you know you have all of your bases covered. I wish you the best of luck with your first major endeavor in the world of adulting!

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend

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Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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