Now that I'm entering my twenties and my college years are beginning to fly by, I'm starting to consider how fit I am for the real world. I've been living on my own for awhile now and to be honest, I'm just as clueless as ever. Sometimes, I feel like I'm just a very large toddler without any adult supervision. I really don't know as much as I should at this age. Maybe it's because I'm busy with my studies, or maybe it's because I'm not ready to grow up. Regardless, there are a lot of things that I should know how to do now that I'm getting older, and unfortunately I'm just as clueless as ever. So here are 36 things I'm not sure I'll ever be able to do or understand, no matter my age or maturity level.
11. Not surpass my drinking limits
12. Travel with only a small carry on suitcase
15. Be alone for more than an hour
18. Work a coffee pot that isn't a Keurig
19. Change a tire, add oil, or do anything else involving fixing my car
20. Match my foundation
21. Write checks
22. Take care of myself when sick
25. Budget my money
33. Do laundry before my entire closet is dirty
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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.
These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.
During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.
To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.
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.
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.
For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.
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.
Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).
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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We've heard it all our lives: "These kids these days" from our grandparents, parents, and other adults. We've become accustomed to being grouped with Millennials even though their age range is 1981-1996, which makes the youngest Millennial twenty-two. So what's the big difference between Millennials and Generation Z?
For starters, we're the first majority non-white U.S generation (yay for diversity). In fact, we were dubbed "Millennials on steroids" by Business Inside when it came to our opinions on sexuality, race, inclusion, women's rights, and God. But a big difference between us and the Millennial generation is that we are more realistic than them. Millennials grew up during a prosperous time in U.S history, but Generation Z grew up during a recession and know that financial security is not promised. In fact, a survey by Business Insider states sixty-eight percent of Generation Z believe the U.S is headed in a bad direction, more than any other generations' opinion on American prosperity.
And the last attribute that makes us different from our predecessors: digital comfortability. We didn't pioneer the digital age; we were born into it. We knew how to use computers by the age of five and could work smartphones better than our parents by age ten. We know the internet and how powerful it can be. With the knowledge we've gained from it, we realized we can start movements just by using our thumbs and learn new things with a click of a button. With the oldest Generation Z'ers being twenty-one, its hard to predict how we'll change the world, but I believe that we'll make a lasting and positive impact on the world.