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19 Things No One Tells You To Bring To College

Some extra things to make sure you have the best dorm room on campus.

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If you're anything like me I'm sure you've read 100s of articles telling you what to bring to college…and by now you've probably figured out they all have the same things on them. In order to fix this, I've compiled a list of 19 things which are helpful at school, but no one tells you about.

1. Tupperware and Snack Containers

Don't want food to go stale? Have leftovers or food stolen from the dining hall? I didn't bring these things right away but once I got them it made dorm eating much more enjoyable. My personal favorites are the ones with locks and airtight seals.

2. Folding Drying Rack

There's nowhere to store a standing one, and the lack of room for hangers isn't going to work when you need to air dry a bunch of things. Getting a folding or collapsible one will fix all your laundry problems and can easily be stored in the back of a closet or slid in between a desk and a bed.

3. An Extra Laundry Basket

Sometimes the hamper overflows or you need somewhere to sort your laundry that's out of the way. This also makes it possible for you to leave your hamper down in the laundry room rather than bringing it back and forth without leaving a bunch of your clothes there as well.

Not to mention when you aren't using it, you can store other things inside of it rather than wasting space.

4. Umbrella

Very easy to forget if it's not raining when you're packing (hence why you'll see a lot of umbrellas bought at the bookstore).

5. Shoe Mat/Tray

If you go to school somewhere with all four seasons this is a must in the wintertime or the rainy season. I didn't end up buying mine until the first day of the spring semester but it saved our dorm room floor. We kept it in the front of the room and just threw our shoes and/or boots on it as soon as we got back.

This is nice too if you don't want (or your dorm doesn't allow you) to store your boots in the hallway. Also worked when I wanted my umbrella to dry off too!

6. Garbage Bags (or just some plastic bags)

It can be easier to have a plastic bag in the garbage can when making runs down the hall to the trash room. You could buy bags made specifically for this or pack a couple of things in some plastic bags and wait for more to accumulate because trust me they will.

7. Paper Towels

This is so simple it's easily forgotten until you're already there.

8. Lightbulb

You won't believe how easy it is to forget a lightbulb for your new desk lamp. Some people don't even think of it until they try and turn it on for the first time.

9. Costumes

If you think your going to go out during the year chances are you'll wind up at some sort of themed party. In that case, it might be nice to have something at the ready.

10. Blue Tape

This is a lifesaver when hanging dorm decorations. For years I've trusted blue tape to hang pretty much everything in my room, and it worked just as well in my dorm. Also, since it peels off there's no risk of peeling the paint off and getting fined which can (and does) happen with regular tape.

It works great for posters and pictures, but command stips are still the better choice for heavier things (ex. a canvas or frame).

11. Ice Cube Tray

I've never heard of a dorm with an ice machine (unless it's inside a hotel) so if you want cold drinks this is a must…especially during the hot months. Keep in mind you're in a room without air conditioning.

12. Some Decorations

Whether birthday, holiday, or just a nice background for pictures a few simple things can really make your dorm room feel more like home. My personal favorite is the window gel clings, they make every room a little more colorful.

13. Air Freshener

Everything you and your roommate own is going to be packed into this tiny dorm, including your wet towel, dirty clothes, gym clothes, stinky shoes and whatever else you might have. In the warmer month when it's still hot out the heat won't do anything to help the smell.

Since you're bound to invite your friends over (because where else are you guys gonna go) you want it to smell as pleasant as it can.

14. A Fan

I felt like a lot of college packing list left this off, when really it was one of the most used things in my room. If your someone who needs to have a blanket on to fall asleep pointing a fan at yourself is one way to be able to do this while it's still warm out. Not to mention, it's also useful in the winter.

The heating is working hard in the winter which can actually make the room extremely warm. I go to school in Syracuse, New York and we still kept the window cracked in the cold months. However, if it was snowing too hard or just too cold (especially since the window opened right where my head was when I slept) the fan was the perfect thing to make the room cooler.

Also helpful when you have a packed room no matter the season.

15. Fewer Clothes

Be realistic with what you're going to wear and how often you can (and will) do laundry. For instance, you can never have too much underwear, but you don't need 10 sweatshirts (also you're probably going to end up with at least one from your school).

This might sound odd but the one clothes item I know I overpacked was pajamas. I brought a bunch of pairs, some I only wore once and then got stuck in a routine of wearing my two favorite pairs of pajama pants. Also limit the number of t-shirts you bring, because you are going to end up with a ton of free ones (especially earlier in the year…or if you join a sorority).

16. Sunscreen

If you burn and have any interest in sitting out on the quad, it will be really useful to have a bottle.

17. A Stapler

It's definitely possible to find one on campus or borrow your friend's. However, I know I had to go out of my way a couple of times to staple things, so it's more convenient to have your own, but up to you.

18. Reusable Water Bottle

You're going to be walking around campus a lot. It might be nice to have a drink with you, especially in some of the warmer months.

19. An Extra Phone Charger

First it's always nice to be able to have a spare one in your bag, but second, the ones sold on campus are really expensive. If yours breaks ordering online won't be an option…unless you can keep your phone charged for 2 days.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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20 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

I didn't expect college to be this much different than high school.

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1. Always carry your ID

You might need it to get in a building, use it for a test, or to buy something. You never know when you'll need it.

2. Take your classes seriously

College really isn't like high school. You have to go to class and study hard.

3. There is someone to help you

There are all kinds of helpful people in a college campus. Whether you need help with homework, options on education, or even therapy, there is someone to help you.

4. There are tutors for everything

If you are struggling in any class, there is someone who can help you learn the material. You could go to the tutoring center or email your professor or their TAs

5. Talk to your professor

It's important to talk with your professor, especially if you are struggling in their class. They will offer you the exact help you need. They are there to teach you.

6. Don't over work yourself

If you are working through college to pay for college, do not over work yourself. Make sure you have enough time to study and get help if you need it.

7. The library has textbooks

If you cannot afford textbooks, check the library. You can check them out for free.

8. Keep your syllabus

The syllabus is your best friend. It contains everything you need to know about your class including due dates, requirements, and regulations. Reading this can help you prepare and stay ahead.

9. Do not wait until the last minute to do assignments

Seriously, college assignments can take a long time. Especially papers. Try to get them done at least a day before they are due.

10. Use 'rate my professor'

Rate My Professor is a website where previous students have reviewed their professors. This is really helpful in choosing a professor that fits your liking.

11. There is a lot of free stuff

You can get a lot of free stuff on campus. You can get tons of shirts, stickers, sunglasses, food, and things alike from organizations and events around campus.

12. Prioritize

A college student likely has a lot of free time. Prioritize what you want to get done when you aren't doing much.

13. Get involved

Get involved in organizations. You can make new friends and try things that you find interesting.

14. Lots of places offer student discounts

There are so many places that offer a student discount, you just have to ask.

15. Make friends within your major

Students in the same major make the best study groups.

16. Do extra credit

Even if you don't need it, do the extra credit. It only helps.

17. Learn how to manage your stress

College can be really stressful. It's important to learn how to manage stress or manage the things causing you stress so you can relax. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

18. Start networking

Get to know people and meet people in the job field you are interested in.

19. Don't schedule class times that you won't make

Seriously do not take the 7:30 am class. You could do it in high school but college is a different story.

20. Do not wait until the last minute to enroll

Finding a class at a time that fits your liking can be difficult, especially if you missed the enrollment date. Make sure you know when you can register for classes and do it then!

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