]5 Dorm Room Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed

The 5 Dorm Room Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed, But Will Revolutionize Your Dorm Style

These would have come in handy my freshman year.


It's almost that time again where college students are frantically starting to pack their belongings and begin to move into their prospective dorms, houses, etc. As I think back to my freshman year dorm and things that would've come in handy, here's a list of my top five essentials you didn't know you needed.

1. Rolling shoe rack

This handy-dandy shoe rack slides right under your bed so you don't have to worry about trying to find space for your summer shoes in the winter or cramming them all in your closet like I do. With this shoe rack, you can get them off the floor but still be able to bring all your faves!

2. Scout bins

These trendy bins are a great way to store your sweaters and other fall/winter clothes. They stack easy, are waterproof for the most part and fit perfectly under your bed! They come in multiple sizes and colors for convenience.

3. Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku

These little babies save you from having to watch Netflix on your laptop. If you have a TV in your room, 10/10 recommend buying either a Fire Stick or a Roku. While they are similar, the Fire Stick has slightly more memory and more options as far as apps and internet access. Either way, for under $50 each, they're your best bet at binge-watching that new show you love while avoiding your eight hours of homework.

4. Echo Dot

Needless to say, the Echo Dot is one of the coolest things ever. For just $50, you can play music, ask Alexa to tell you the weather, use all normal Alexa functions, read you your schedule for the day, and just about anything else you can imagine. Cheaper than the Echo yet still just as functional, it's a great addition to your dorm and can make your life a lot easier.

5. Shelf organizer

You're limited on space, so you have to use every square inch you can. Shelf organizers help you keep things off your desk so you can actually study, and save room in your drawers as well. There are numerous different stores that sell them, and small bookshelves also work! They're a great way to stay organized.

What essentials could you not live without in your room? Leave suggestions in the comments!

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.


All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair


"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo


"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender


Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge


You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity


Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions


Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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