What You Really Need For Your College Dorm Room

What You Really Need For Your College Dorm Room

Shower shoes, people.

College can be a scary thing. It's easy to get overwhelmed when packing to move away from home, and it's even easier to get overwhelmed when you don't know exactly what you should be packing in order to survive without your parents. Many kids go off to college and bring completely unnecessary items that end up just taking up precious space in your cell block of a dorm. Lucky for all you incoming freshmen, I have just the list for all of your dorm room needs.

1. Extension cords

These little babies will literally be your best friends. In my dorm room, my bed was so far away from the outlet in the wall that my charger couldn't reach me. Luckily, my extension chord allowed me to pull my charger closer to me, making all of my late night Instagram browsing easier than ever.

2. Clorox wipes

When you live in a dorm, especially a community-style dorm, it's way too easy to spread germs. Clorox wipes can help you disinfect literally anything and help prevent you from getting sick.

3. Full-length mirror

If your dorm is anything like my old dorm, you will have one tiny mirror by the door. Make sure to bring a full-length mirror with you so you can check out how good you look in your new outfits.

4. Keurig coffee maker

Life changing. Going to Starbucks every day before class can really make a dent in your change purse before long. Buying K-Cups for your Keurig will not only save you more money in the long run, but it will also be more convenient for you.

5. Brita water pitcher

Again, this one is a life changer. Bottled water is great, but it can also lead to spending unnecessary money. Let's face it, we're broke college kids and should be spending money on other things! A Brita is super easy to use and one of the best purchases I've ever made.

6. Foam topper for your mattress

Dorm mattresses are hard and uncomfortable. Do yourself a favor and buy a foam topper for your mattress. You'll thank me later.

7. Mattress cover

Dorm mattresses are also kind of icky. A mattress cover will make you feel clean. Yay, cleanliness!

8. Microwave

My roommate can 100 percent confirm just how much we used our microwave. I used it just about every morning to make oatmeal, she used it just about every other day to make mac n' cheese. It's worth the money.

9. Command hooks

Command hooks are helpful when you want to hang up that full-length mirror that I mentioned before. They're inexpensive and really durable, so I would definitely purchase a few of these trusty things.

10. Desk lamp

This is useful when you don't want to disturb your roommate and turn on the overhead light when you're up late studying at your desk.

11. Desk mirror

I almost always applied my makeup at my desk in my room thanks to my desk mirror. The one with two sides, one normal side and one magnifying side, really came in handy!

12. Plastic bin filled with toiletries

It's always better to be well-prepared, so I always made sure I had backup toiletries that I stowed away in a plastic bin. You never know when you'll run out of shampoo or conditioner, so it's handy to keep an extra bottle or two stashed away somewhere.

13. Microwave-safe dishes

When I was eating in my room, I always preferred to eat out of an actual bowl or plate rather than a paper one. Ensuring that your dishes are microwave-safe will also prevent fires or other mishaps in your microwave.

14. Throw blanket

When I would get chilly in my dorm, I would always wrap up in a throw blanket. It was much easier to reach for my blanket than it was to undo all of my bedding that was already made up.

15. Shower shoes

This is probably the most important item on this entire list. I don't care if you are living in a community-style or suite-style dorm. Please, oh please, wear shower shoes. I can't express how gross the bathrooms can get, so please be cautious.

There you have it, kids: my list of essentials to bring with you to make sure you are comfortable in the dorms. Shout out to Smith Hall for being the place I called home during my freshmen year. You will, but also will not, be missed.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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A Few Birthday Thoughts

Goodbye teenage years, hello twenties!


So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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