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3 Unexpected Items You Will Need in College

Categories: College Life

For those of you doing your college shopping for the first time, you can probably recite your entirely list by heart at this point. Between college orientation, department store sales, web sites, and advice from upperclassmen, you know that a white board on your door is a welcoming sign, that bed risers will prevent you from feeling like your bed belongs to a five year old, and that a pair of flip flops are an absolute must for the shower if you care at all about your feet! But there’s always a few things during the semester that did not appear on your list that you will wish you had. Here are three of those unexpected items.


A toolbox may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you begin crafting your dorm room shopping list. After all, you won’t be doing any remodeling or installing work inside your dorm room, but you will be surprised how often you could actually use a screw driver, a wrench, and some nails. If you decide you want a different chair for your desk, or a bookshelf, you will want to have the tools to put it together. If a bolt comes loose in your futon, you will want the ability to tighten it up. You might have a nail sticking out in your dresser, and instead of waiting three days for maintenance, with your own hammer, you can quickly fix it yourself. Basic tool kits can be bought at any department store, and you can get them in all kinds of fun colors!

Sewing Kit

You have probably seen the sewing kit on your college dorm lists before and shrugged it off. When was the last time you sewed anything? When would you possibly need that? You might not even know how to sew! While you won’t be using a small sewing kit too often, it ends up being nice to have. You might be involved in a club that plans to personalize t-shirts for an event, and you want to sew something to it. You could rip your only pair of dress pants twenty minutes before a presentation in which appearance makes up 20% of your grade! With sewing kits only being a few dollars in the check out line, why not?

Craft Supplies

You probably wouldn’t think of buying fun scissors, stickers, markers, glue, crayons, tape, fabric paint, glitter, and other crafty things to college unless your major deals with children. Surprisingly, there are a lot of instances in which these tools come in handy. You will find yourself making posters for presentations, decorating t-shirts for club events, drawing pictures for group bonding games, wrapping birthday presents, and someday, painting graduation caps. With late summer being back-to-school season, you can easily stock up on all of these things for just a few bucks!


5 Reasons to Relish in High School Before College

Being a teenager means wanting the next best thing–the newest Apple product, that new Ed Hardy shirt, those Uggs, a Razor scooter, a laser disk player, a MySpace account–and some of those things you wind up regretting.

Look, I basically sold my soul to my parents for three months to earn enough allowance to buy Jurassic Park on laser disk, so I understand what it’s like to want the next best thing with all your heart.

I especially understand when the next best thing is college, which means freedom, no parents, new friends, no more social cliques, and getting to be a grown up.

So let me play devil’s advocate with you because it’s likely you’re going to ignore your parents’ pleas to you to “not grow up too fast.” But hey, don’t grow up too fast. Sure high school can seem lame because everyone’s telling you what to do and you’re just like, so over it.  But, let me try to convince you why you shouldn’t let yourself get too over it too quickly.

5 reasons to relish high school while you can:

1. Your friends
Chances are, you’ve made some of your best friends in high school, or even just that one in a million person who also prefers mustard over ketchup 100% of the time. Our high school years are essential in forming who we become largely because of the friendships you make. So even if you’re not popular, or you feel too popular, whatever your angst-y angle on the situation is, your high school friends are special because they’re going with you on this weird roller-coaster of adolescence that nobody else will ever quite understand. So don’t be too rushed to say goodbye to them.

2. The guidance
You’re probably sick and tired of people telling you what to do, but if you can just spin it a little and think of what every teacher, parent, or counselor is saying as suggestions that you can take or leave at the door, it might be little easier to swallow. The thing you need to grasp is that you’re not an adult, as mature as you may be. And being in high school is a unique opportunity to be around adults who have had experience in life who can guide you. Your high school is a community that is literally built to help you succeed. Get the most out of its resources and your relationships before your pop a wheelie out of there.

3. The extra-curricular activities
High school, of all places, is the place to learn how to be involved in something, to grow with a team of people, and to eventually take on leadership positions. Whether it’s sports, DECA, debate, theater, choir, student council, volunteer, or anything else, your high school activities give you the opportunity to be passionate about something and to also expand yourself as well-rounded person.

4. The fleetingness
Blink and it’s over. You’re in your mid-40s wishing you could just be back in those high school halls, high-fiving your pals as you pass them in J-Hall, stopping to chat with your crush of that moment, and leaving for biology with the delightful and exciting sense of butterflies in your stomach. High school, in retrospect, is super fun. You’re just with a bunch of your peers all day learning about things you never knew before. But yeah, then it’s gone.

5. The preparation
I know I’ve been a bit sentimental about this whole relish your high school years thing, and it’s not like I wish I was back in high school or anything–I mean, I totally do–there’s a badminton rival I’d really like to meet face-to-face with again–but here’s a non-sentimental point. High school prepares you for college. If you’re all “I’m just so over this!” and you decide to graduate high school early, for the wrong reasons, you won’t be as prepared for college as you could’ve been.

So yes, it’s okay to delete your MySpace account, but just enjoy the days you have left in high school.

Are you “over” high school? Or do you think students take high school for granted? Leave a comment below.