23 Things I Won't Miss About Villanova Over Summer Break

23 Things I Definitely Won't Miss About Villanova Over Summer Break

3. STILL NOT BEING SMOOCHED UNDER THE ARCH

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Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my school and could probably cry right now (yep it's happening) at the thought of leaving it for summer and leaving it for good in a year. It has brought so many things that I am so utterly grateful for: a best friend/roommate, amazing clubs/activities, the best friends in the world, and a pretty cool boyfriend (and Cova southwest sauce/sunset church pics). That being said, I'd be lying if I said I loved ~everything~ about my school. So while I'll probably cry a lot when I move out, here are 23 things I won't be too sad about leaving behind for 3 months.

1. Missing the shuttle during a literal MONSOON (or just when I'm running late in the morning and need to get from west to driscoll in 4 minutes)

2. That dreadful time of year when they turn off the AC but you so desperately need it

3. STILL NOT BEING SMOOCHED UNDER THE ARCH

4. When you just miss "walk sign is on" and have to stand at the crosswalk forever until it cycles back to letting you cross

5. Holy Grounds being out of iced green tea

6. Holy Grounds having the longest line of the century during class change

7. Holy grounds running out of bagels before 10 am

8. JK Cova having the longest line of the century during lunch

9. When Cova runs out of southwest sauce :/

10. When you hear that the spicy chicken sandwich is the special in conn but they run out before you get there

11. A day when you see absolutely no good boys/puppers/doggos

12. Walking up to the fourth floor of tolentine

13. Running out of points far too soon in the semester

14. Mid-term week/finals week/hell week

15. Trying to find a dress for a function that somebody else won't have and that won't break the bank

16. The. Pit. 

17. The 3rd and 4th floor of the library 

18. Kelly's when it has a line around the corner and you then have to pay cover because you get in past 12

19.  DJ Paco when he thinks that playing the entire Grease soundtrack is a good idea

20. Accidentally tripping on the Oreo stairs

21. The fact that all of the seniors are g-wording in a few weeks :(

22. When all the laundry machines are FULL and you end up touching someones laundry

23. When you actually make the shuttle but it's a literal clown car and you have to stand and pray you don't fall on the person behind you 

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12 Dorm Room 'Essentials' That Are Actually A Waste Of Money

If three years of college has taught me anything, it's that I wasted a lot of money and space on things for my dorm room that I never used.

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Now approaching my senior year of college, there are so many things that I have experienced in my three years away that I either look back at and smile just at the thought of or immediately regret. With a younger sister going into her freshman year of college, I hope to teach her as much of those lessons I learned in advance so she doesn't make the same mistakes as me. One of the most important things I learned after moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments for three years is what should and shouldn't come with you to school. Because, let's be real, as much as we want to pack away our entire lives and fit them in our minuscule dorm room, not everything is necessary.

However, knowledge is power, and I don't want to just save my sister from making those mistakes. That's why I'm here to share the 12 things that aren't necessary for you to bring to school:

1. A Keurig/coffee maker

While living in an apartment and having all the space in a kitchen for a coffee maker and the time to make my own hot drinks, having a Keurig was a godsend. But I'm going to be completely honest, as someone who wanted a Keurig so badly before freshman year...I rarely used it when I lived in the dorms. Between having meal points to buy my own coffee and just never having the time or energy to make it in the morning and then clean the dishes afterward, it just wasn't worth the waste of money and space.

2. A giant television

You may see pictures of dorm rooms and see students with giant televisions along their window or squished onto their desks. But unless you're living in a larger apartment, having a huge flat screen TV has no purpose for a small dorm room. There are TV's usually all over campus, especially in the common rooms that are free for you to use. If you really do feel like you need a TV in your dorm, a smaller one will suffice, because anything larger is going to take up some much-needed room.

3. Any type of hot plate/mini grill, etc.

Besides the fact that these are banned in most dormitories anyways, it's not smart to sneak one of these into your rooms. I can't tell you how many people I know that have accidentally started a fire in the dorm room from using a toaster they snuck in or a special "grilled cheese grill." The dining halls will have everything you could possibly want and need, and most dorm rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave to supplement anything further.

4. Candles

I'll admit, I am guilty of using these my sophomore year of college. Do I regret the millions of times I freaked out because I almost lit my dorm room on fire? Absolutely.

It's not worth it. Your RA will probably catch you, it's not worth the risk of accidentally setting your shoebox-sized dorm on fire, and the smoke detectors in those rooms are so sensitive that you're bound to set them off.

5. A printer

Unless you're living off campus in an apartment, there really is no reason to have a printer in your dorm room. There are tons of printers throughout the different buildings of every university, and most allot a certain amount of sheets for you to do your printing. Printers are big and clunky, hard to store, and the ink is very expensive. Don't consider buying one unless you plan on moving off campus.

6. An iron and ironing board

Take it from someone who absolutely hates wearing wrinkly clothes, the whole iron and ironing board duo was not a smart move my freshman year. It took up way too much room and when I did actually want to iron, it was so annoying to find a spot to do it in my small room.

If you're really obsessive about having non-wrinkled clothes like I am, you can invest in a mini steamer, which is super cheap, stored extremely easily because they're so small, and work just as well as an iron. I ended up swapping out for one of these my sophomore year and loving it so much more.

7. Bean bag chairs/Folding chairs

Any extra seating for a dorm room is honestly unnecessary besides the standard desk chairs that come with the dorm. The floor space is so limited that taking it up with any other large items is going to make it extremely difficult to navigate around your room. Also, when your friends come to hang out, they usually will end up just sitting on your bed or your desk chair anyways.

8. A body pillow

I don't really know what the use of these things are. I had one freshman year, and it laid against my bed the entire year and I never used it. I just found laying on it extremely awkward and uncomfortable and it was just so big that it took up too much room on my already tiny Twin XL bed.

9. A laundry hamper

A stand-up laundry hamper is just going to take up way too much space that you don't have. Instead, invest in some nicely made laundry bags that you can put your dirty laundry in and just easily carry over to the laundry room. A lot of stores even make special bags that differentiate between lights, darks, and delicates so the sorting is already done for you before you do your laundry.

10. A vacuum

While the idea of having a vacuum is nice, and I myself have had one all three years, it just took up way too much room in my dorm and I later found out you could just rent one from the commons whenever you wanted to clean your floor. Most universities do have cleaning supplies for rent, such as brooms, swifters, vacuums, etc., so there's no need trying to fit all of those in your closet.

11. A million throw pillows

While they'll make your bed look cute, making your bed every single morning and remembering where to put the millions of decorative pillows can become very annoying, not to mention finding a place to put them whenever you turn down your bed.

12. Picture frames

While having tons of pictures in your dorm room is nice, and I say the more the merrier, bringing physical picture frames is just a waste because there's not much shelf or desk place to place them. Instead, find a cute wall decoration that holds photos or clips to hang them from your wall. It'll save a ton of space and also cover up those bare, ugly dorm room walls.

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