​7 Things That You Absolutely, Positively Need To Survive In College

​7 Things That You Absolutely, Positively Need To Survive In College

Like maybe a sleep schedule?

I know there have been about a million posts that have listed in great detail all of the things to bring with you to college. While I’m sure by now you all know to pack your rain boots, here are a few extras that I have learned after my first few months that become vital as soon as you enter a college campus.

1. Spotify Premium

Spotify was great before I got here, but music is a NECESSITY. If you’re studying, music is great. If you’re just chilling in your dorm, music is great. If you’re hanging with friends, music is great. Spotify offers seemingly infinite amounts of playlists that can help you find some background music for you to study to. Find your golden playlist and roll with it. This is so important.

2. Study Spaces

If you have downtime to roam campus before your classes start, it will be so helpful to go study space shopping. If you have a large enough library, this is a good place to start looking. There are so many little nooks in libraries that you’re bound to find something that suits your needs. Additionally, it might be helpful to scout for available outlets near your spaces in question and the hours on the building. I have already pulled many a late night and it’s only been a week. At BGSU, I highly recommend the stairs of the Wolfe Center. Very aesthetic, very quiet.

3. A Sleeping Schedule

This more of one of those things that I look hopefully at wishing that I had. It is so important to establish this because those 8 a.m.s are going to suck even worse when you were up until 3 a.m. hanging out with your friends.

4. An Organization System

In the past, I have been so flakey with trying to keep up with any sort of organization system that I have tried. I’ve tried bullet journaling, whiteboards, and various apps and none seemed to work for me. I have now devised a color-coded to-do list and planner combo that seems to be working well for me. Disorganization is not a luxury that you get. Take some time to figure out what’ll work well for you.

5. Confidence

I am not, nor will I likely ever be a super out-there kind of girl. However, DO NOT crawl into your own little comfortable bubble and exist solely within it. College is a great place to go out there and meet new people. Just even the tiniest bit of confidence or courage works wonders in terms of “the college experience.” Try some new things.

6. Breakfast Foods

I am a firm believer in breakfast and I reaaally thought that my desire for breakfast would allow me to get up early and stop by one of the dining halls. I thought wrong. Waking up is nowhere near one of the highlights of my day and it’s so nice to be able to just grab something in your room before you go. You will not regret it.

7. Some comfortable, nicer clothes

You’re gonna meet some attractive people in your classes. You’re not gonna want to be dressed to the nines after you just walked across campus. Some comfortable, cute clothes are the perfect medium for this problem. Of course, anyone who’ll be worth it, in the end, won’t care that you’ve been wearing the same sweats for the last three class periods.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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