6 Things That Made College Life A Million Times Easier

6 Things That Made College Life A Million Times Easier

These things helped me survive.

When I got into college I went onto Pinterest and search “what to bring to college” and took what I thought applied to me and make myself a personalized list. I think that was a great idea, but there were a few things that none of those lists told that I would need, and I didn’t realize how much I utilize them until now.

1. Netflix

This is pretty cliché, but I really recommend getting a Netflix account if you can get one. I don’t watch it every day all day, but I do have downtime occasionally and I don’t really want to read a book because I spend all week reading. The most basic account is $7.99 but it’s a great investment and sometimes the best thing you need is mindless entertainment.

2. Amazon Prime Student

I think that this was the best advantage of being a student. All you do is create an Amazon account with your school account and for the next 6 months, you can get free 2-day shipping, deals on textbooks, and most of the benefits that normal Prime members receive. This is so convenient because if you need something in a few days but have no time or way to get to a store you can just order it online, you don’t have to pay any shipping and it will be there in a few days. I used mine a lot for textbooks at the beginning of the semester.

3. itsdougthepug , heytherehazel , and other animal accounts on Instagram

Sometimes you get sad and I think it’s best to follow some cute animals on Instagram as a sort of insurance policy.

4. Melatonin

Obviously, I am not a doctor, so I cannot speak as a professional, but when I was having trouble sleeping from stress, I started taking 10mg every night with my bedtime meds. I’ve been doing this for the past few months and it’s really helped me to maintain a reasonable sleep schedule. But, before you do anything ask your doctor, just to be sure.

5. Group Video chats with high school friends

This may only apply to some people, but for me, this was a necessity. I’m still very close with my friends from high school and we have group chats on almost every social media app, but just typing a few words every day isn’t the same as talking face to face with my friends.

6. Toothbrush covers

I have a bad habit of dropping stuff and knocking things but, I am also an amateur germaphobe. I went through 4 toothbrushes the first 5 weeks of school because I would knock over my shower caddy (where I keep my toothbrush.) My roommate found these toothbrush covers at Walmart that just cover the top of the brush, so it doesn’t add bulk to my caddy. The ones I have are knockoffs of “ Steripods ,” but those are almost too fancy and are too much money and I got 2 for$1.97 from the Walmart and they suction to the wall, so I don’t lose them.

7. Glass Screen Protector

We have already established that I am a klutz who drops and knocks over everything my path. When I came to ISU I didn’t have anything to protect my phone screen and after a few heart attacks, because I dropped my phone and thought I had shattered the screen, I wised up and bought a glass screen protector. I got this three pack on Amazon for less than $6.

I know some of these are items that you may not need, but for me, they helped me survive in college.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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