7 College Essentials Your Basic List Missed

7 College Essentials Your Basic List Missed

With all the chaos around move in day, you're bound to forget something!


The fall semester is right around the corner. Most college students are more than mentally ready to leave home, but their suitcases might be far from ready. I have been packing things to take back to school for a couple of weeks now, and each time I think I'm done, that I have everything ready, I remember another item I need.

It is important to remember that there is a major difference between wants and needs. Half the things you may want to take to college may not be essential at all, but there are some items that are entirely necessary. I have compiled a list of things that you may need but will most likely either forget to bring or not even think about.

1. Kitchenware

This one is vital if you're living in a dorm or an apartment with a cooking area. If you're not on the meal plan, eating out everyday will most likely break your bank, and kill your health. Make sure you bring pots, pans, plates, knives, and utensils so that you can make yourself a proper meal whenever you have the chance to. These things are must haves in order to eat right and save money! Your local dollar store has an array of cooking utensils you can get for a dollar each.

2. Fuzzy blanket

Blankets are important especially if you go to school somewhere that gets cold in the winter. Fuzzy blankets are amazing and you can get them pretty much anywhere. They keep you warm and cozy in the harsh winter months. Trust me, you'll want to bring a small throw blanket that you can wrap around yourself when it's cold. It is comforting and keeps you toasty.

3. Your own little pharmacy

Medicine cost a lot of money. Have you ever tried to buy some pain relievers from a school store? Their prices are ridiculous. Make sure you bring all the medication you think you might need with you, so that you don't have to rush somewhere and pay anything for some pills. Also, having these things available to you is good because you never know when you'll get sick. I can't count the amount of times I had to run to the store to grab some type of medication I never thought I would need. When you are used to living with your parents who always have all the medications you need, you don't think about what they are until you're faced with an issue. Make sure you know what you need and go out and buy them now.

4. Storage bins

Dorm rooms and rooms in apartments near college campuses have one thing in common: they're typically tiny. You will most likely have limited space to store all your books and belongings. The beds in these rooms usually have a lot of space under them where you can put storage bins. You can store books and supplies in here, things that could be cluttering up your space if they were out in the open. You can buy these at Walmart for cheap, and you can even get small ones at the dollar store.

5. WiFi-Router/Ethernet cable (if applicable)

I know that most dorms have WiFi included since they are part of schools, but some apartments do not come with routers inside the units, or the routers are not good. I remember having my WiFi cut out multiple times in my apartment building last year. The router was not good. It was always a stressful time because I had assignments to turn in and no way to turn them in. If I had an Ethernet cable to connect my laptop to, or even a router of my own that was working, I would not have had those struggles.

6. Command hooks

Command hooks are one of the world's greatest inventions. These little hooks allow you to put things on your dorm/apartment walls without leaving damage. They are priced decently and last the whole year if you don't put too much weight on them. You can hang up pictures on your walls with them or you can even use them to hang curtain rods. They have many uses and you will be happy you brought them when you are trying to set up your living space.

7. Pictures of loved ones

Decorations definitely fall under the "wants" category, however, photos of loved ones should be a need. It's nice to be able to look at your walls or your desk and see a picture of your family, best friends, or significant other. Being away from home can make you homesick at times and having that little reminder of home can go a long way. Make sure you pack something that will remind you of the people you love.

I hope you will keep this list in mind when considering what else you need to be ready to go back to college. These are things that I found myself needing a lot last year. Good luck on your packing and have a great fall semester!

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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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