Things for college that no one will tell you

Things for college that no one will tell you

Portable chargers are your best friend

Tips for your first year of college that no one will tell you

1. Bring more than one toothbrush

I know it sounds strange but you’re bound to get sick in college, the whole campus is a germ fest. Often you get sick at the most inconvenient times and with this means you probably don’t even think about switching your toothbrush. You’re likely to not want to go and buy a new one so just keep an extra in your room so if you need to use it you have it.

2. Bring healthy snacks

You’re bound to be sitting in your room hungry and not want to go to the dining hall. Keep snacks in your room. But always have healthy snacks. Yes, you may not always want to eat these healthy snacks so you can keep the junk food around too but you eat what you have. If you have 4 packages of oreos, chips and soda that is what you’re going to eat. It is so much easier to eat healthy and keep the freshman 15 off if you only have healthy options.

3. Extra chargers

Chargers break all the time, people will steal your chargers, you will lose your charger or leave it somewhere silly where it is lost forever. Always keep an extra charger in your room just in case anything happens. And the longer your charger the better, you never know where the outlet will be in relation to your bed.

4. Always have a charger on you

Portable chargers are your new favorite thing. I have seven portable chargers. Yes seven and still counting. This may seem excessive but i’m never concerned about my phone dying when i’m away from a charger. Buy lots of portable chargers and keep them everywhere, your backpack, gym bag, purse, wallet, duffel bag. Always have a portable charger or a wall plug with you just in case.

5. Headphones

Going along with always having a charger always have headphones. If you spend time in the library it can become loud at some points and you won’t be able to drown the noise out or focus on your work. Headphones can just come in handy in many situations.

6. Write everything down

You will forget everything. There is so much going on all the time. You are very likely to mix up your days, the times, and everything in between. Get a planner or use your reminders in your phone. They keep showing up until you actually do them so don’t forget.

7. Ear plugs

People are loud and annoying and truly don’t care about your sleep schedule. If you like to nap or if you go to sleep before 3am then I would suggest bringing earplugs like the ones hunters use. This will allow for you to sleep when you want and not be annoyed by your neighbors every night.

8. Keep decorations simple

I know you want to decorate and make it your home away from home but half the time your room will look like a bomb went off and you won’t even notice half of your decorations are there. Plus usually half of them will fall down and you won’t even know where to put them because you don’t have time to put them back up. Pus you will not have room when you’re packing up to leave for those extra decorations. Just keep it simple, make it homey but keep it simple.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?


The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."

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