9 Dorm Tips To Help You Live Your Best Life

9 Dorm Tips To Help You Live Your Best Life

Because dorm life doesn't have to suck


Adjusting to life in a dorm isn't always easy. Here are some tips and tricks to help you live a bit more efficiently!

1. Have an emergency fire alarm outfit that is easily accessible.

Unfortunately, middle-of-the-night fire alarms happen. (Don't burn your popcorn kids!) I recommend having a pair of sweatpants, a hoodie, and a jacket on hand that is readily accessible so you can get out quickly.

2. Britas, Britas, Britas!

Britas are a dorm lifesaver. So you don't have to transport big cases of water to your dorm all the time, get a cute reusable bottle and a Brita pitcher, and just fill it in the sink in the lounge. It is also good for the environment!

3. Get a mattress topper (or two).

Dorm mattresses usually aren't the coziest, but this is a quick fix. A quality mattress topper or feather bed is a great investment that will ensure a good night's sleep. (I have both; my bed is like a cloud!)

4. Go to microwavable meals: Ramen noodles, cup-a-noodles, Easy Mac. 

Sometimes you may not be able to hit up the dining hall because your class ends super late, and you don't want to drop $20 on some restaurant's outrageous delivery fee. Ramen noodles, cup-a-noodles, and easy Mac are definitely your friends in these situations. Are they good for you? Probably not. But can help you out in a pinch every now and then? For sure.

5. Maximize your space.

If you have the option, loft your bed as high as you can. This will give you plenty of room for underneath storage!

6. Cheap plastic furniture from Walmart or Target = perfect!

Don't have enough room in the furniture they gave you? Get the cheap plastic drawers at Walmart or Target. They'll fit right under your bed and make organization a breeze.

7. Get some snacks to go.

I don't know about your campus, but mine charges a hidden $70 "stealing fee" in the meal plan charge. This makes me feel a lot less guilty if I grab an apple or a muffin or a banana or something to snack on later. it is definitely a power move.

8. Battery operated lights >>>

Usually, you can't have plug-in Christmas lights because it is a fire hazard. Battery operated string lights that you don't plug into anything are a great option. You can hand them with command hooks and get them anywhere, like Amazon, Target, or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

9. Get some good shower flip-flops.

You never know what goes on in the dorm showers. They may not appear yucky to the naked eye, but I still wouldn't advise risking it for the biscuit and going in barefoot. Definitely cop a pair of $1 flip-flops somewhere and designate those as your shower shoes.

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21 Things You Say To Your Roommate If You Two Are Practically A Married Couple

Until I made this list, I didn't realize how absurdly close my roommate and I were. #sorrynotsorry

Let's be real: you and your roommate have said these things at least one to each other.

1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*Complains about not having money* *Spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee."

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your DM's."

*Cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *Catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*Chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *Loses phone* Every. Time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*Tries to get ready to do something fun* *Ends up staying in for another girls' night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"


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10 Tips To Prepare For Your Freshman Year Of College

Tips and tricks for college freshman year.


Obviously, I am not an expert on college life yet, being that I am only a high school senior. Barely hanging on these last couple weeks of school. I have been preparing for my freshman year of college since the start of my senior year. It is an overwhelming, stressful process and it takes a lot of preparation and time to get it all done. I wanted to give some tips and advice on how I started my process and how I have gotten through it. Starting a new chapter can be really scary, especially if you have no idea what you are doing, I am the oldest sibling in my family, and I am the first to go through this crazy process called college. Though I was uncertain exactly what I needed to do and how to do it, I figured it out and here's how I did it.

1. Have a planner

This is going to be your best friend. It helps you keep your life organized (or at least it makes you feel like you do) and assures you that you meet deadlines. Since I can remember I have always used a planner and it helps me so much. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have all the dates for when things need to be turned in- like housing and such, and also I have up to when classes start next fall. A planner is so helpful and would recommend getting one if you don't have one already.

2. Talk to friends about their experience

This has honestly been one of the top life savors. I have gotten so much advice from my friends that are in college and they give me the inside scoop and what to do and what not to do.

3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

5. Embrace times with friends and family

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This is the last summer with you In your house as a full time member. Embrace it! Be with your friends and family as much as you can. You are going to miss them just as much as you are going to miss them.

6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

8. Manage your time

This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

9. Take summer classes if needed

If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

10.  Gather everything you need for college!

Make sure you have everything you need for the big day. Set apart some days before move in day to take time and pack whatever you may need so you don't forget anything.

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