Perks Of A Medium-Sized College

Perks Of A Medium-Sized College

Not too big and not too small, but just right.
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Not all colleges are the same size; some are big, some are small, and others are just in the middle. Every college has its perks as well. But I believe that the medium-sized colleges are the best colleges, just because of the size of the campus. It’s like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. But instead of a bed, a chair, or food, it’s a college. But the size alone can determine which colleges some students go to. So here are the reasons why you should go to medium sized college:

Almost everything is in walking distance

This is probably the best reason for anyone looking at a college. You don’t have to have a parking pass just to get to classes. You can get from your bed, walk out of the dorm hall and a few minutes later, you are at your classroom. You can even walk to other dorms if you made a friend that lives in another dorm. Yes, you can have a bike, but it is not required - unlike the big colleges where you have to have a map and a tour guide to get you to class or even to visit a friend at another dorm.

Not too cramped

Unlike the big campuses, small campus buildings are also within walking distance - so much so that there are maybe one or two buildings you have EVERY class in. Yeah, you have your dorms and your cafeteria and your library, but that is it really. Any other building is not University property and more likely than not, your classroom is right next to the other building listed. Which leads to my next point ...

You cannot get lost

This is something that both small and medium sized colleges will have, but not the big colleges. While at the beginning of your first year in a college, you can get lost because it is bigger than your high school and you don’t know where everything is. But you eventually get to know the area pretty well and even find a short cut to your classes. However, at big colleges, you have to have a map just to get from one building to another. Small and medium colleges don’t really have that problem.

Hangout spots

Every college has a spot(s) that is known for people to hangout. Whether it is to eat after classes or to play sports at, you have a spot to meet up with your friends. With small colleges, you only get one place and everyone is there, making it crowded. While at big colleges, it is too far way to walk and you need to take a car. However, at a medium-sized college you have the benefits of both big and small colleges. You get to have multiple places to hangout while also having the places be in walking distance but also not be too crowded.

So there you have it. Those are the perks of a medium-sized college. Not every college is going to be the same, but for the most part, you probably won’t get lost, you won’t have to have a car to get to class or to a friend's dorm, you get to hangout with friends and be able to walk to any hangout spot you want, and you won’t feel cramped while staying on campus. In the end, you want to be on a campus that is just the right size; not too big but not too small.

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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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