18 Thoughts Every College Kid Can't Contain During #Tailgateszn

18 Thoughts Every College Kid Can't Contain During #Tailgateszn

Is it too early to pre-game?
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In the midst of #tailgateszn, every college kid most definitely looks forward to Saturday.

Win or lose, we always end up winning because we know how to live it up! With that being said, here are 18 thoughts that go through the mind of the typical college kid on Saturdays, also known as "game day":

1. How early is too early to pregame the tailgate?

2. Wait, if the tailgate is the pregame, then does that mean that I'm pregaming the pregame?

3. Is it still warm enough to wear shorts and a T shirt?

4. Am I wearing too much school pride?

5. Nope, there's no such thing.

6. I hope there's good food at this tailgate.

7. Should I bring snacks?

8. I should definitely bring a water or two.

9. Damn, it's crowded.

10. Where the f*ck are half my friends?

11. *calls friends over screaming people to try and locate them*

12. I'm so glad I wore sneakers for this.

13. (Same goes for sunglasses.)

14. I should take a few pictures to commemorate this.

15. What time does the game start at, again?

16. I hope I make it through the first quarter.

17. Nope, it's definitely time for a power nap.

18. What a fun Saturday!

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Buckley

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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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.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

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.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

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.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

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.

15. Back study pillow

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.

17. Rug

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.

19. Disposable dishes

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.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

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.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

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).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

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.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

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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One Final Ride: Looking Toward My Senior Year

High school taught me a lot about life but college allowed me to experience life.

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College has been a roller coaster ride since the first day I stepped on campus for freshman orientation.

Ball State has brought me the greatest people in my life and memories that I will never forget for as long as I live. But as I pack up the truck to drive to Muncie, Indiana one final time I cannot help but reminisce about my years. My freshman year was quite the opposite than I had anticipated. I came into Ball State not as a freshman but actually a sophomore with my amount of credits I had. Not only was I in a new environment by myself for the first time, but I was also in classes with upperclassmen. My first year brought so many friends and five of whom I am moving into a house with this week. Playing basketball was my go to during my first year to deal with stress but mainly because I was a former high school athlete who missed the competitive nature of sports. At the Rec Center I honed in on my sharpshooting skills and continually teamed up with the same group of guys and we eventually became close friends. Playing sports was always a stress relief for me because it just allowed me to focus on the sport and the game at hand and not the outside world, and my buddies allow me to do that.

My second year was a bit of a different one I was dealing with all new situations with even more advanced classes but I still had my same group of friends and I even made new ones. My second year was the year that I grew as a person and a student and I realized who I wanted to grow into. My second year of school also brought more stress than I would like to admit and so much that friends and basketball could not help subside that amount of stress. But as I made countless late night McDonald's runs with my best friends and blared the music throughout the town I knew that I was dealing with things that were going to help me transform into the man I need to be.

As I enter into my final year of school I am thrown into a whole new list of expectations and challenges I will face. I graduate this December 2018 with a degree in Finance and I am living in a house with seven guys including myself. I cannot be more excited for this year as I will be around my friend for one last ride. I know that when I wake up on a Monday morning and my friends are coming in and out of the house rushing for class that I get to relax because I have no class Monday or Friday this semester.

My biggest piece of advice for all incoming freshman or transfers is to relax and try new things that you previously might not have. I have experienced so many great things and have countless memories of going outside of my traditional shell. High school taught me a lot about life but college allowed me to experience life.

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