4 Essential Things To Add To Your College Bedroom To Make It Feel More Like Home

4 Essential Things To Add To Your College Bedroom To Make It Feel More Like Home

These four items add a special touch to your space!

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While leaving your parents and embarking on your independent journey without them is not everyone's idea of excitement; Creating a space that reflects you, from scratch, can be. The summer following my departure from the college dorm life, I was ecstatic to coordinate pieces and show off one of my hidden passions, decorating. Not everyone is going to enjoy decorating like I do, but adding pieces to your room can impact just how you feel about it.

1. Plants

Laura Hayes

I think that most people can agree that adding a little green to your room can lift your spirit. Not only are they inviting and beautiful, they have health benefits as well. They put off oxygen which is fantastic (we need O2 to live, if you did not know ;)). Additionally, they innately filter out the air, creating a healthier environment. I currently have two in my room, and I am obsessed with them. I got both of my plants from (www.lowes.com), and potted them to coordinate with my personal style. Pictured below is a Yucca Cane Plant and a Jade plant. I bought my small white pot from (www.michaels.com), and a basket from (www.worldmarket.com) in which I turned into a pot.

2. Candles.

Laura Hayes

There is nothing that feels more like home than walking into a room and being embraced with the scent your mom always had burning in your house throughout your childhood. I adore buying Yankee Candles and burning them, especially in the fall! Spiced pumpkin, harvest, and pear and spice are some of my favorites. Get some of these, I swear you will not regret it!

3. Floor Mirrors.

Laura Hayes

Not only do floor mirrors capture your attention immediately when entering a space, they are extremely functional. My roommates and I always take full advantage of my floor mirror as it tends to really sassy pictures before going out. It is great being able to visualize my outfit before leaving the house to go anywhere as well. Personally, my floor mirror makes my room feel immensely larger because it reflects the background, opening it up and making it roomier. Surrounding the exterior of the mirror with lights makes gives off the 70's lighted dressing room look, which brings me to my fourth and final favorite room decor item.

4. Lights are last, but not least!

Laura Hayes

I have got to say this one is my favorite. When I am laying back, relaxing, and browsing on Pinterest, or streaming my current favorite Netflix show, I enjoy the warm feeling of a dim lighted area. Lights come in so many different shapes and forms, and there is a style that anyone can appreciate. I chose two different types of lights to fill my space. Pictured above I wanted some very small, battery powered ones to bring attention to my tassels. As well as a different battery powered light, including small glass bulbs.


The best thing about these items is they were fairly inexpensive, and take little time to set up.I have found that with a little planning that optimizing my space was right up my alley! It was fairly simple to put these pieces together. I planned through my Pinterest, and brought it all together on move in day! With a little time and effort, you can have the space that you have always dreamed of!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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Every College Major Described By 'Grey's Anatomy's' Best Moments

So much Grey's, so little time.

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I've seen this done with various TV shows, but never Greys Anatomy, so I decided to take on the daunting task.

1. Engineering

"Oh, screw beautiful! I'm Brilliant! If you want to appease me, compliment my brain!" - Christina Yang

2. Pre-Law

"Just because people do horrible things, it doesn't always mean they're horrible people." - Izzie Stevens

3. Women's Studies

" I am woman. Hear me Roar. " - Miranda Bailey

4. Psychology

"Being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things." - Christina Yang

5. Philosophy

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"The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes." - Owen Hunt

6. Undeclared

"We're adults. When did that happen. How do we make it stop? " - Meredith Grey

7. Pre-Med

" It's a beautiful day to save lives " - Derek Sheperd

8. Dance

" Shut up. Dance it out. " - Christina Yang

9. Math

" The carousel never stops turning, you can never get off." - Ellis Grey

10. Science

"Knowing is better than wondering. Waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying." —Meredith Grey

11. Education

"Some days the whole world seems upside down. And then somehow, improbably, and when you least expect it, the world rights itself again." - Meredith Grey

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