As August approaches, the thought of starting college in just a few weeks is accompanied by a variety of mixed emotions. Some happy, some sad, and some who have absolutely no idea how to feel. No matter what you’re feeling, here is a list of things every incoming college student should have.

#1. Wall Decor

When you walk into your dorm room for the first time, you’re immediately going to think, “Whoa, I live here now”, but as soon as the excitement starts to wear off, you’ll immediately think, “Whoa, it is so ugly in here.” No matter what college, dorm rooms are just not cute. They’re incredibly neutral, bland, and the furniture usually looks like it went down with the Titanic in 1912 (and not in a vintage, charming way). This is why it is so crucial to add some personality to the room, and liven up an otherwise drab lack of decor. Tapestries, art on canvas, posters and other light objects to hang are the perfection addition to any dorm room. They don’t require a heavy set of materials to assist in hanging, and they leave little to no damage to the wall. I bet you wish the person before you would’ve taken that note, huh?

#2. Shower Caddy/Monogrammed Towels

So when you get to college, 9/10 you don’t have you’re own shower in your room, it will most likely be a “floor” bathroom that you will share with other students. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it does mean you have to carry your shower products back and forth, unless you’re generous and want to share your $30 bottle of conditioner with the whole floor. A perfect shower caddy is essential for anyone living that #dormlife. Also, monogrammed towels aren’t such a bad idea if you can get your hands on them. This way you’ll never lose them, and if you see someone using them, well, you know what to do.

#3. Indoor Plants

I talked about the joys of becoming a crazy plant lady in one of my last blog posts and guess what? I’m going to do it again right now. A personal favorite from one college student to another is succulents, as they are so low maintenance yet still provide that lush greenery every dorm room could use.

#4. Desk Organizer/Fan

Since dorm rooms aren’t the most spacious rooms on campus, desk organizers are the perfect way to stay organized without utilizing a ton of space. You can find cute ones, sometimes clear, acrylic to serve as a neutral color in the room. The best part, is that they’re usually fairly inexpensive. Also, a desk fan is essential as most dorms don’t have air conditioning. Try concentrating on physics when you can’t stop thinking about how hot it is. Yeah, not so fun.

#5. Calendar

Unlike high school, your professors don’t keep you very updated with what assignments are coming up. Generally, you receive a syllabus at the beginning of the semester with the due dates for all of your assignments, and after that, you’re on your own. To stay on top of your assignments, a wall calendar is the best way to update due dates, test dates and various other functions on campus.

#6. Netflix

This one was thrown in for fun, but c’mon, can you really live without it? Dorms don’t have cable, and going 16 weeks without watching The Office sounds like an absolute nightmare.

 

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