The Ultimate College School Supply List

The Ultimate College School Supply List

They gave us one of these things for elementary school every year, so why not have one for college?
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Shopping for college may seem like a huge chore, and since you're moving away from home, you may not even know where to start. Fortunately for you and me, Linda Durbin, senior Mizzou student Sara Durbin's mother, has created this master list of everything you could possibly have to purchase. This list you are about to read has been used by college freshmen for the past three years and has everything you need, and maybe even more, to prepare yourself to be on your own for the first time or maybe even a second, third, or fourth time if you're starting another year at college.

Let's start with Bathroom products and toiletries:

-Toothbrush

-Toothpaste

-Dental floss

-Mouthwash

-Retainer and retainer case (Make sure you keep this in a safe place so you don't lose it for 3 months like I did!)

-Bandaids

-Medications (Daily meds, Aspirin/Tylenol, Vitamins, Mucinex, etc.)

-Kleenex

-Q-Tips / Cotton balls

-Any hair products you use (Gel, Mousse, Hair Spray, Heat Protectant, Moroccan Oil, etc.)

-Hair accessories (ponytail holders, clips, bobby pins, headbands, etc.)

-Hairbrush/Comb/Hair Pick...If your hair is hard to detangle, think about investing in a Wet Brush. It makes it 10 times easier to brush out your hair after showering in the weird Mizzou water.

-Nail polish and nail polish remover

-Nail clippers

-Body wash and face wash

-Antibacterial hand sanitizer to keep in your room

-Bath and Body Works has some really awesome scents to choose from!

-Shampoo and conditioner

-Lotion

-Razors

-Shaving cream

-Glasses and case, sunglasses and case, contact lenses, solution, and case

-Shower caddy

-Deodorant (or as I like to say, "Deo fo da BO")

-Towel wrap or robe: Make sure it's a cute one in case you have a tornado drill while you're in the shower like I did.

-Chapstick

-Around 2-3 sets of towels...I never really needed more than 2 but if you wanna play it safe, bring more! Make sure you have a couple hand towels and washcloths too. As long as you do your laundry regularly, you won't need any more than that.

-Hairdryer

-Curling iron / straightener

-Neosporin

-Makeup

-Makeup removing wipes: The best ones I have ever used are made by Garnier.

Garnier Refreshing Makeup Remover


Next up, we have Cleaning Items:

-Paper towels (lots of them)

-Clorox wipes

-Vacuum: You'll want one that works good enough on tile floors and carpet, but is small enough to fit in your closet.

-Small bottle of liquid dish detergent

Moving on to Laundry Supplies:

-Detergent: If you've never done laundry before and are worried about how to use detergent, the little detergent pods may work perfectly for you. You just throw one in and it's already pre-portioned out.

Tide Pods

-Dryer sheets

-Stain remover

-Laundry bag or basket

-LOTS OF HANGERS: The velvet covered ones are the best because they take up less room and stuff doesn't fall off of them.

Generic Items:

-Desk lamp

-Don't forget the bulbs or batteries if it doesn't already come with them!

-Umbrella, rain boots, and a raincoat: Yes, I promise you will get use out of all three!

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-Snow boots for the Winter: Don't bring these to school with you until November... you'll want to leave everything that you don't absolutely need at home and you won't need them until it snows!

-Ziploc plastic bags (large and small)

-Plastic cups, utensils, plates, and bowls: Disposable ones will be much easier to deal with.

-Tervis cup or water bottle

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-Refrigerator

-Microwave

-Microwave safe bowl and plate for if you ever run out of paper plates

-Ottoman with storage inside: It makes it so much easier for you to get into your bed when it's raised and it makes for extra storage space!

-Cube with a lid: These are great to store stuff in and stack in your closet or under your bed.

-Lots and lots of extension cords

-Surge protector

-A really long cord for your computer to plug into the wall for internet (Ethernet Cable)

-Laptop: Apple is the best because they don't get hacked and all the professors use them.

-Flash drive

-Lap caddy/desk for resting your laptop on you when you're in bed

-It keeps your laptop from overheating and is great to use when you're in your bed doing homework... or binge watching Friends on Netflix...

-TV, DVD Player, DVD's, Xbox, etc.

-Snack food and a bin to keep your food in

-Chip clips

-Checkbook, debit card, credit card

-Small wallet to keep on you at all times: Since you need your ID to get into the dorms and dining halls, it is nice to keep it in a safe place so you don't lose it when you're out and about.

-Alarm clock if your phone isn't loud enough to wake you up

-Phone Charger

-A portable charger is great to have for those long days of sorority recruitment and football tailgating so your phone never dies.

-Laptop Charger

-Bookbag: Keep a small hand sanitizer in there, it will come in handy.

-Kleenex

-Permanent markers

-2 sets of bed sheets

-Mattress cover: Invest in one that zips and keeps bed bugs out...you never know.

-Mattress pad

-Pillows

-Back study pillow

-Extra blanket for when people spend the night or to bring to football games

-Comforter/Duvet and cover

-Chair cushion for desk chair

-Posters/pictures/canvas paintings/decorations for your walls

-A lot of girls buy 20 12x12 pieces of scrapbook paper or fabric to put on the bulletin board.

-At least 4 packs of Command strips to put stuff on your wall

-Baseball hats

-Storage crates/bins/drawers for under the bed

-First Aid Kit

-Stamps and address labels

-Swimsuit

-Area rug

-Fan

-Bin for shoes

-Belts

-Health insurance info, car insurance, driver's license

Desk Supplies (Most of this stuff you can wait to buy until you know what you need for classes):

-Loose leaf paper

-Desk drawer organizer

-3 hole punch

-Stapler and staples

-Scissors

-Notebooks

-Highlighters

-Binders

-Paper Clips

-Stationary

-A container to hold pens and pencils on desk

-Index cards

-Tape and dispenser

-Envelopes

-Calculator

-Page tabs

Miscellaneous:

-Shower shoes

-Trash can liners

-Can opener

-Lights look great in dorm rooms but you'll need a lot of Command strips to hang them.

-Lockable safe

-Lockable trunk

-Thumbtacks

Quick Tips for Dorm Life:

-Make a habit of washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and using Clorox wipes often. Pink Eye goes around a couple times a year and it spreads from surface contact to hands and it's very common for a majority of a floor to get it at the same time. Be diligent and have good hygiene!

-Talk to your roommate and come to an agreement about keeping your door locked when you are not in there. Theft is an issue in the residence halls.

-Do not leave money, jewelry, iPod, phones, or computers in plain sight when you leave your room.

-Always bring your laptop home with you when you go home for the weekend.

-Don't keep any sentimental expensive valuables in your dorm room.

-Freshmen: When you fill out your dorm checklist on move-in day, WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN. A scratch on the desk, a stain on the bulletin board, a crack on the mirror, a dent in the blinds, a mark on the walls, tape marks on the door, etc., are all things you can be charged for at the end of the year so take precautions.

-If you don't bunk the beds, raise them up to the top level of rungs. Do this first before you bring anything up or make the beds so you have room to move. For this you will probably need a hammer. Then, you can fit the fridge under one of the beds. You may also use bed risers if using the rungs does not bring your bed up high enough to your liking.

-Take your computer with you to Summer Welcome and if you are purchasing it at Summer Welcome, make sure you take the time to have Tiger Tech set it up for you. They will set up your email account among many other resources.

-Fill out the form for Earlybird Textbook orders. If you do, all you have to do in August is tell them your name and student ID number and they will already have all of your books for the semester boxed up and ready to take to your room.

-Remember, you will only have 2 1/2 drawers to use and one closet. Pack only what you absolutely need because you can always bring down more clothes later. Don't bring any winter stuff down until around Halloween.

Happy Shopping and good luck this school year!

Cover Image Credit: Ashley Krekovich

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To The High School Teacher Who Changed My Life Long After Graduation

It is about time you knew.

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I have been putting off writing this since graduation; what do you say to someone who changed your life completely? Exactly. I had no clue either, but after thinking, writing and rewriting this all came together.

I finally knew what I wanted to say to you.

First and foremost, thank you. Throughout my high school career, you were the one person that no matter what I was feeling, thinking, or needing you understood. You are my biggest supporter and even throughout college, you continue to reach out to make sure that everything is going well.

You encourage my dreams, tell me how you really feel and never let me make the stupid choice. You listened to me as I cried and laughed with me through the good moments. You encouraged me to reach for the stars and no matter what you told me that I could. You created this idea in my mind that I could be anything I wanted, and anyone I wanted and because of you I believe that now.

Second, you are incredible.

I know you will never believe me on this but you never gave yourself enough credit anyway. You stuck with your passion for teaching even after the benefits of other jobs. You raise a family and support three kids and a wife through their biggest moments despite the time consumed at work. You manage to be a friend, a colleague, a tutor, a coach, a teacher, a husband, a father, a son, and a neighbor and never let your commitment to anyone go without attention. You spend countless hours on the people around you and never ask for anything in return. You give everyone the time of day they deserve and you make sure when they are done talking to you they feel better. I hope someday you see that you are one of the most incredible people, you deserve to.

Lastly, you make a difference.

I know after a long day of high school students you feel like you talked to a brick wall. I know you feel like what you just did was a waste of your time and theirs, but you need to know that is not true. You encourage students to pursue their dreams. You encourage people to make the right decisions despite the wrong temptations. You encourage students to be themselves and give them an environment in which they can, safely and happily. You make a difference on every student you encounter.

While writing about your students, I cannot even begin to tell you how you make a difference in your children. Your children look up to you, believe in you and listen to you. You pursuing your dream, giving them a home and loving their mother makes a difference every single day in their life. I have asked them about you, and the things they say would bring the toughest man to tears. Please know at the end of every day - you made a difference.

After everything you did for me, I will never be able to repay you.

I hope I can make you proud and I hope that no matter where my future takes me you will forever know that I am there in part because of you. You deserve the world, but a letter will have to do for now. Continue to be the incredible person you are, because the world needs more people like you.

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How Your College Break, Holiday Season Will Probably Go Down, As Told By 'New Girl'

Thank God for that spiked egg nog.

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YAHHHHHHH!

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If you know me at all, I believe this is the best time of the year, everything is decorated with twinkly lights, there is an abundance of ice skating rinks around town, the Starbucks Christmas cups are here, and of course the time of going home to your families.

Introducing significant others to the family is always exciting yet nerve-racking. Especially in my household with my millions of cousins who all take the responsibility of being my intimidating older brother. Did they lock my boyfriend in a closet at some point? You betcha. Now did that relationship last much past that? You tell me.

So whether you are bringing a sig-o to meet your family or just your lovely self, there are always the up's and downs of the Holidays. The following is a Christmas Story as described by "New Girl".

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Ah, cuffing season, we only love you if we're reaping the benefits.

You come home during the Holidays and your Aunt asks, "where's that one fella?", and your mother gives her the look and she quickly tries to change the subject. You proceed to have the lovely conversation of why you're alone, but actually totally okay with it, cause you don't have the time, and are a busy gal trying to juggle clubs, a job, an internship, and school all at once. You talk about the accomplishments that you've been making, and the only part of that speech that is registered by your family members is that you came alone, you get that endearing pat on the back, of "it's gonna be okay". I KNOW SUSAN.

Or you might bring home that boyfriend, finally someone worth bringing home to show off to your family but of course, being the overachiever that you've been looking for, he tries to fit in too quickly, impress your family. Then goes in for the hug with your Dad right off the bat, when your dad was going for the handshake.

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Tone it down babe.

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Then your lovely Aunt Sheryl stops by and takes a seat next to you and asks you what you are planning on doing with your life.

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God bless that spiked eggnog.

Everything might not go according to plan, it never does.

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Yet at the end of that hectic day, you look at everyone surrounding you, and you are damn thankful to have all of these people in your life. Whether they are family, friends, or your cousin's boyfriend you're meeting for the first time. Everyone there made the effort of coming together, enjoying one another's company, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, and enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. Even though parts of it may seem painful, Christmas is still the all-time best, especially when you have an Aunt like mine who decorates her house like the actual North Pole, and you can't help but walk around like a giddy Jessica Day.

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