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10 Cool Dorm Room Accessories to Make You Feel at Home

Categories: College Life

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Who says you can’t make your dorm room look cool? There are a ton of both awesome and practical options that can make your dorm room or apartment feel like home. Here is a list of a few of our favorite dorm room accessories that can help your transition into dorm life be a good one.

1. Traffic Light Lamp

Want to brighten up your dorm with an interesting light? What better way to start a conversation or liven up a party than with this Traffic Light Lamp? It’s a good bedside piece that adds some flare to any dorm.

2. Colorful Compact USB Laptop Speakers

Lights will brighten up a room, but what about some awesome tunes to go along with them? These Colorful Compact USB Laptop Speakers have seven mood-changing LED lights. It’s a great way to use your music to relax after a long day of classes or get excited for the weekend, whatever your pleasure.

3. Decorative Wall Organizer

This Wall Organizer combines decor with organization. You can write friendly notes to your roommate, use it for your to-do list, pin up ticket stubs or pictures, and more.

4. Dry-Erase Board Refrigerator

Do you want a boring fridge, or one that you can stick magnets on and write on with dry-erase markers? This Dry-Erase Mini-Fridge is both practical and fun. Cover it with your favorite quotes, notes to your roommate, homework reminders, or fun artwork. You can even use it to keep track of what belongs to who in the fridge and keep any hungry roommates from eating your leftovers.

5. Wall Art is Always Fun

Who really wants plain white walls? Add some simple art to your walls to spruce up your dorm room and find your style. Posters are a popular go-to, but why not try a Hanging Tapestry to add color, or a cool Wall Decal for a classy feel.

6. Hanging Photo Display

Another way to decorate your wall is with this Hanging Photo Display. It’s a great way to hang your favorite pictures or magazine clippings, and you can easily move or add new ones when you need a change. This will help fill the room with the pictures of the people and things that you love and make your room feel comfortable like home.

7. Colorful Chairs

Now that the walls are covered, we have to have a place to sit, right? Why not sit in style in these Colorful Chairs? The set comes with three chairs in different colors. Not only do they provide additional seating for your friends and roommates, they also make a room pop, and you can even match these chairs to your wall art.

8. Crazy Pillows

Throw one of these Scented Microbead Pillows on a chair or your bed. Not only are they super colorful, but they also smell good! Choose between a cupcake pillow that smells like vanilla icing and a gumball machine that smells like bubblegum. What could be better?

9. Paper Lamp Shade

Above your bed you might want to add a little extra flare. Why not hang up a paper lamp shade? This Paper Lamp Shade has an interesting pattern, but there are many others out there that require just a standard light bulb.

10. Fishbowl

A colorful, low-maintenance fish, such as a betta, can certainly add a personal touch to your dorm room. Since this particular fish is very easy to care for, a small fishbowl is a great addition to a dorm room. This Waterfall Globe Aquarium not only has a light, but also has a unique, real waterfall element that can help you relax and focus during those difficult study sessions.

Find these items and everything else you need for your dorm room here at Amazon’s Off to College Department. What are your favorite dorm room accessories?

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5 Time Management Tips for College Students

Categories: College Life

Everyone always tells you to manage your time wisely, but do you ever really listen? Most of us would rather spend our time with friends than doing homework. If you’re a student, however, somewhere in the back of your mind you must know how important your studies are too. The reality is that you can — and need! — to do both. Making time for school, work, internships, extracurricular activities, and a social life all at the same time can be hectic and at times may seem impossible, but, believe me, it can be done. I am living, still breathing, proof. Based on my personal experience, I’ve put together some tips that I hope will help you.

dorm-room-organization-calendar-idea1. Use a calendar.

You can always use an old school paper calendar, the planner your college gives you at orientation, or make your own. You can also use your phone! Check out the cool free calendar app Cal. If you’d rather keep your information on your computer, check out Windows Sticky Notes, Google calendar, or iCloudDon’t want to spend all of your time on your phone or computer? Use good ol’ sticky notes! (I love these fun Days of The Week Sticky Notes.) Any of these options can help keep your important dates organized and easily accessible.

2. Sleep sometimes!

Some might say that being a “real” college student requires constant all-nighters, but without sleep you will be a walking zombie and are sure to forget something. You will need way too much coffee and energy drinks, and while they may “give you wings,” believe me, they won’t give you brains. And who has enough money in college to buy a bunch of energy drinks and coffee anyway? Sometimes you will have to stay up late writing papers or studying for big exams, but try to get at least four to six hours of sleep each night so you are refreshed the next day and your head is clear enough to take that exam or concentrate during class.

3. Leave open spaces in your calendar.

No matter what your schedule entails, be sure to fit in time to relax and to hang out with friends. This down time will also allow you to recuperate and relieve stress. Always, I repeat, always expect the unexpected. Make sure to also leave open space in your schedule for those unexpected things, such as a last-minute trip home or a project that takes longer than expected. Take things as they come, but leaving open spaces in your calendar or planner will make these curve balls a little easier to cope with.

865104134. Exercise and eat right.

If you exercise, you’ll release endorphins and feel better about yourself. If you feel better, you’ll have more energy to keep up with your hectic schedule. Exercising also helps clear your head, which allows you to concentrate for longer stretches of time and tackle all those things on your to-do list. Eating right will also help your body and mind feel better, but if you want to splurge, do so only once in a while. Plan a weekly pizza or hot wing night with friends and make that your “cheat” day. Feeling sluggish won’t help you get things done any faster. It’s not about being perfect, it’s just about making sure your body is properly nourished so your mind can flourish

5. Always look ahead!

Once you’re done with your homework for the current week, look ahead to see what is due next week and get a head start on it. Check out your class syllabus to see what’s coming up and work ahead when possible. If you utilize this resource, it may become your best friend. Also, this tip will allow you to plan for fun getaways. If you know what’s due and what your schedule will be for the entire month, you can plan trips or other activities in advance based on your availability. Looking ahead can do nothing but good for you and your sanity as a college student.

Share your time management tips the comments below!

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Changing your Major is A+ Okay

Categories: College Life

So you graduated high school. Check. You are accepted into college. Check. For now, it’s summer, so you want to enjoy it. Check. At summer’s end you’ll either stay at home or move far away for college. Check. At this point it will be time to start school and pursue a major. And check, you think you’ve found the perfect major for you.

changing-college-majorChange, change, change. With all of these changes coming at you from every direction, it may seem overwhelming. The great thing about picking a major from the start is that you’ll quickly find out whether you love it or hate it. Now hate may seem like a strong word, but once you take a few courses, it’s likely you will know whether you like the major or not. If you love it, stick with it and enjoy every minute of it. If you’re unhappy with your coursework, whether it’s just boring, too hard, or just not for you, don’t stay in that major just because you think you have to or because you’re afraid of not finishing school in that magical number of four years. Changing your major is A+ okay. Many researchers agree that highly satisfied students are more likely to remain in and successfully graduate from college. It is the school’s job to create a good curriculum, but it’s your job to figure out which major you enjoy the most.

Remember, this major is preparing you for your career in that field. If you are unhappy studying it in college, you will likely be unhappy doing it as a job. The point is to make yourself happy and take pride in your schooling, work, and life. College is where you find yourself. You discover your talents and interests, and you hone your talents by utilizing those interests that you will rely on all of your life. At the end of the day, what is an extra semester of coursework compared to a lifetime of being an unhappy camper?

Speaking of camping, remember to have fun. Studies are important, but a social life is important too. You need people to share in your happiness and your pain. Your peers are there for support. Every other freshman on campus is likely going through exactly what you are. Every day their mind probably races back and forth with thoughts like, “Do I really enjoy this major?” “Will I get a good job with this major?” “Could I see myself working in this field of study after I graduate?” If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are completely normal, and it is likely that every other student, especially freshmen and sophomores, are thinking the same thing. So, make friends with them and rely on them to listen when you need to blow off steam. Plan weekend trips, go camping, go to a concert, or go to a sporting event. There has to be a balance between work and play to stay sane. Finally, on the work side, it will all be a little easier if you truly enjoy what you are studying.

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