18 Things You Absolutely Need In Your College Room

18 Things You Need In Your Dorm, If For No Other Reason Than Convenience

I wouldn't have survived without this stuff!


I remember shopping and packing up my room to move into a dorm and thinking about how easy it was. It should have been a ridiculously stressful experience. Everyone I knew was spending days running around like chickens with their heads cut off in preparation, but not me. It wasn't until I moved in and realized what I didn't have that I became freaked. I spent days after moving in shopping on Amazon, making frequent runs to Target and mooching off of my roommate and everyone on the hall. It wasn't even just me; none of us were fully prepared.

So, this is everything I can recommend to make life easier for incoming students preparing for dorm life.

1. Mini Fridge and Microwave

If you are able to have these, they'll make your life so easy. Mini fridges hold more than they look and microwaves cook just about anything. I was hesitant about getting them because I didn't think I would use them, but I'm so glad I did!

2. A Big Trash Can

The trash can that comes in the dorm is tiny, or at least mine was. Unless you want to take your garbage out every day and spend trillions of dollars constantly buying trash bags, do yourself a favor and upsize. You'll accumulate more trash than you think.

3. Broom and Dustpan


I was shocked to see how many people didn't bring a broom. Unless you have carpet, it's a must. No one is going to clean but you, so you need the necessary tools to do so.

4. Air Fresheners


Get stuff to plug into the wall, get something to spray, get all of it. There is no telling what will waft in through your vents. Burnt popcorn is a smell that lingers for days and you get tired of it fast.

5. Laundry Basket with Wheels

First semester, I lived in an awful, paradoxical situation where I hated doing laundry because my basket was too heavy to carry down, so I would hold off and it would just get heavier. Over Christmas break, I made a point to get one that rolls and I did laundry all the time with no cares in the world.

6. Tide Pods


Speaking of laundry: Tide Pods. They're the epitome of college convenience. A big container lasts forever so you almost never have to buy soap and it's much easier to carry tiny pods down to the laundry room rather than a huge jug of laundry detergent.

7. A lot of Clorox Wipes

Stock up! Dorms get super dirty; you spill things, dust forms quickly and stuff needs disinfected constantly. It's a whole thing, so to make cleanup super simple, get a bunch of wipes.

8. Extra Blankets and Pillows


This isn't an essential but they're good to have an extra set on hand for when you have guests or you have to find another place to crash.

9. Curtains


Again, not completely necessary but a huge help. If blinds are provided but curtains aren't, you might want to pack some for the dorm. College campuses usually have quite a bit of night life, so for the best sleep, shutting out the light is great. Plus, they make a room feel very cozy!

10. Basic Cookware

It doesn't take much; maybe just a pot, a pan, a cookie sheet and a plastic spoon. College food gets old FAST, so being able to whip up something quick is awesome.

11. Disposable Plates, Cups and Cutlery

This is more of a personal preference, but having everything disposable seems to be the most convenient option. Cleanup is easy and they don't take up much space.

12. Good Snacks


This should be self explanatory, but for some it isn't. Some people don't bring food they'll actually want to eat. Get things that are good and some that are good for you. Don't be that guy that is always begging for all the good snacks or overpays at the vending machines.

13. Quick, Easy Dinners

As I said before, college food gets old fast! At some point Ramen and Easy Mac will sound better than whatever you can get with your meal plan.

14. Bluetooth Speaker


My speaker was the best thing I owned. Bluetooth speakers make everything easier and obviously more fun. Sitting in silence or with just earbuds all the time is super lame, don't do that.

15. Printer


There wasn't ever a day I didn't wish I had a printer. It's hard to get used to writing a paper late at night and having to print it out at the library early in the morning before class. But if you get one, let it be your best kept secret, otherwise everyone will use it and you'll run out of ink in a week.

16. Lots of Extra Storage


I can't stress enough how small dorms are! However, it's actually really easy to make your room feel bigger than it is. Utilize all your space. Get hanging things for the doors, drawers for under all open spaces, storage ottoman and hang what you can from your bed.

17. Piggy Bank or Change Jar


It's such a good idea to save all your change because it'll come in handy later. Pennies add up when you're broke and want candy at 2am from the vending machine. It's something you wouldn't think to have but you'd be glad you did.

18. Business casual attire


Not actually for your dorm, but important nonetheless. Interviews come up all time and opportunities pop up out of the blue, after all, that is what college is for. It's a good idea to be prepared!

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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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The Tea On The 16th Annual OSCARs Award Results

Every year, the University of Washington, Tacoma branch hosts the Outstanding Student Ceremony for Awards and Recognition (OSCARs). This year, the results would cause not only applause, but soft murmurs of questions and irritation.


On Friday May 17 the University of Washington Tacoma held their 16th annual OSCARs award ceremony at the University YMCA at 7 p.m. and the room was filled with tables, great food and a wonderful stage. The purpose of the OSCARs is to celebrate the hard work of the students, staff and faculty that make up the University of Washington Tacoma campus. There are some categories where students are able to vote for who they think deserves the award, and there are others where the staff and faculty vote for who they think deserves the award. Nominations were accepted until April 12 at 12 p.m. and the students could vote between April 15 and April 30.

Throughout the ceremony there were cheers, laughter, hugs and pictures. But what most didn't notice were the soft murmurs humming between guests at various tables.

A few questions as the evening went on that arised from table to table were as followed;

"How many times have they gone up there?"

"Are there any new names on there? They all look the same."

"Is it just the same people over and over again?"

"Hasn't that person already won, like, three awards already?"

After attending and hearing the celebration, murmurs and noticing the names appearing on the screen becoming more and more familiar due to the repetition of the names presented, a pique of curiosity inspired some digging.

The following list were the categories provided on the OSCARs program.

OSCARs Program

A total of 29 categories had awards, recognition or certificates that were given to students only. Within some of these categories, but not all, were multiple sections of the award such as the Husky Volunteers Awards which had the Silver, Purple and Gold awards depending on the number of service hours. Within some of these categories multiple people received awards, certificates or recognition such as the ASUWT President's Award which was given to two different individuals.

In the OSCARs 29 categories there were 21 awards, one certificate and seven recognitions. Within the 29 categories there were 35 sections.

Of the 21 awards, they were given away to four groups and 76 individuals. In the certificate category, it was given to seven individuals and of the seven recognition categories 49 individuals and the graduating class of 2019 were recognized.

In total four groups received awards and 132 individuals received awards, certificates and recognition.

Of the 132 individuals that received awards, certificates and recognition 62 individuals received awards. seven received certificates, and 46 individuals received recognition.

However, the results can be broken down even further.

One individual received four awards and one recognition.

Two individuals received three awards each.

Three individuals received two awards and one recognition each.

Five individuals received two awards each.

Six individuals received one award and one recognition each.

Five people received one award and one certificate each.

One person received one award, one certificate and two recognitions.

One person received one award, one certificate and one recognition.

One person received one award and two recognitions.

Two people received two recognitions.

With that broken down, that means that out of the 132 individuals who received awards, recognition and certificates that only 38 individuals received just one award, nobody received just one certificate, and only 31 people received just one recognition.

To see the difference, 69 out of 132 students received one award or recognition and 27 out of 132 students received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination. Or about 52 percent of the individuals received one award or recognition and about 20 percent received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination.

While the decisions are final and carefully made, the ceremony was beautiful and overall a fun celebration of student and staff success. However, the repetitiveness of the nominees and individuals that had received a combination of multiple awards, recognitions and certificates had some audience members confused, baffled and irritated leaving them with questions rather than a sense of celebratory satisfaction.

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