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Some Simple College Dorm Essentials

Hello, this post will be about what you ACTUALLY need in your dorm.

Now I know, I know, there are a lot of college dorm essentials posts and Youtube videos. But those lists change for everyone. I’m putting this post out there to give another realistic perspective.

Here’s what I believe is necessary for a typical dorm life:

  • Bedding
  • Fan – If you are in a dorm that you cannot change the temp, this is essential. I came to my dorm and its winter and very hot in the dorms. Without my fan, I would not have survived this long.
  • Rug – If the dorm is hard floor especially!
  • Lamp (Mini)
  • Calendar – If you have any kind of important assignments, a wall calendar is extremely helpful for keeping track of those assignments
  • Power Strip / Extension Cord
  • Laundry Hamper 
  • Lanyard / I.D. Case – Now, this is not a huge essential however it is so much more convenient to have especially if you do not want to carry a whole wallet or purse around campus
  • Air Freshener – Does not have to be fancy, just some dorms begin to stink after a week of living in them. Breathing okay air is a must

I want to say that those have been my main necessities, its all about preference though. I figure this list may help someone out there!

Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them! 

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

Welcome to my school series!

When I first began college in the Fall of 2017, I was confused, to be honest. Being a first-generation college student is terrifying, you do not know what to expect and really are pretty much on your own. That is why I am writing this after my break from the blog. I had to take time off from writing due to personal reasons. Here are the top ten things I wish I knew before my freshman year of college!

1. Always write down all your due dates at the beginning of the semester

I cannot stress how important this is, I did not have a planner for my first semester of college, I never used one in high school so I presumed I would not use it. Boy was I wrong, the number of assignments you lose track of without a planner is insane especially if you are a full-time student. High school never stressed the amount of responsibility you need to maintain your GPA.

2. Schedule classes according to your schedule ESPECIALLY if you are a commuter

Commuters out there, I understand your struggle! My first semester was at my local community college which mean I drove daily. If you are a commuter to classes, be sure to book the classes for starting at 9AM or 2PM. Most people end up booking their classes for 10AM so in my situation I never found a parking space unless I got there prior to 9:30. This does depend on your situation but it is something to take note of if you know you will not be living in a dorm.

3. No matter your prerequisites, be sure to take one fun class each semester

This is extremely important when it comes to college. After I got out of high school, all I wanted to do was get the prerequisites out of the way with no electives tailored to my schedule. DO NOT DO THIS. When going to class, you probably will not be interested in most of the required courses so having one fun course integrated into your schedule is so important. It gives you something to look forward to no matter if you do not truly care for your other courses!

4. Never be afraid to email your professors for help

A mistake I never made but saw happen numerous amounts of times is not feeling comfortable enough to contact your professors when you need help. Having good communication with your professor comes in handy when you can not understand the material. The professors are more genuine in helping you if they already know you better as a person rather than just a student. Plus this is great if you ever need letters of recommendation.

5. Check your grades once a week

Now you may be thinking, why is this a tip? You have no idea how many people I have met in college who NEVER check their grades. Yes, your grades can be terrifying, however, not knowing what they are is a bad decision. I really can not stress this aspect of college or school in general.

6. Follow the syllabus 

DO NOT BE STUCK IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MINDSET. Throwing away syllabus’ is the WORST thing you can do in a college class especially if your professor does not post it online. Save yourself the trouble and keep a folder for every class so you will never lose it. My professor last semester followed the syllabus to a “T” and never put it online. While she was my first professor to do this, I still believe you should not lose your syllabus just in case.

7. Go to class

Skipping will happen and did happen a few times during my freshman year. However, there seems to be an idea that floats around that in college, the professors do not take attendance so it will not hurt to skip. Eight out of my ten classes my freshman year took attendance for a grade. Professors know you will skip and give you a couple free days, but it is not worth it in the long run.

8. Stress is inevitable so find your happy place

Having a happy place when it comes to midterms and finals is extremely important. Stress will happen during your four years of college especially during your freshman year so having a place you can go to in your mind to calm yourself will be so helpful in the long run. And, this does not always come to you immediately, take your time and figure out your way to de-stress, trust me it is a life saver!

9. Choose a major you love but also look into it

As someone who has not officially declared a major, I have spent hours upon hours of thinking about what I want to do and still do not know. That is okay, we all go through that, but when you decide a major be sure to look into the future employment statistics. When you find your perfect major, you should go for it, just be willing to struggle to strive in that major if it is hard to find employment in it.

10. Use Rate my Professors, it will save you

This website is a godsend when it comes to choosing your future classes and professors, no one tells you but always look up your professors on there. Their previous students can tell you a lot about what you need to be prepared for. Without this website, my freshman year would not have been so simple.

I hope that these tips will help you on your journey! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day and can not wait to see you in my next post! 

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Reading Habits Tag

  • Bookmarks or random piece of paper?

I actually don’t use bookmarks that often. Lol, I ALWAYS lose my bookmarks and it’s so upsetting! I mean I’m used to losing my bookmarks so what I tend to do nowadays is just fold the corner of the page I stop on. While I’d rather use a bookmark this is a tad more convenient.

  • Stop reading randomly or stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

Usually, I’ll just end up reading until I run out of time to read. More often than not I read and stop when I reach the next even-numbered page. Stopping on an even page number is long-term easier for me.

  • Certain place at home for reading?

I usually will read in either my recliner or my bed. I’m one of those readers that absolutely HAS to be comfortable when reading.

  • Eat or drink while reading?

I love my books too much to torture them like this lol. Worst case scenario, I’ll drink some water while reading but I’m pretty protective of my books as I buy most of them with my own money. I’m a clumsy person and I WILL drop food on my books guaranteed if I’m not careful.

  • Music or TV while reading?

I’ll usually read while listening to some music but I keep my music on a fairly low setting so it won’t distract me from reading.

  • One book at a time or several?

I tend to read about three books at a time give or take but they’re always different genres so I won’t mix them up. There’s always a good amount of books on my tbr so that’s why lol!

  • Reading at home or everywhere?

Funnily enough, I read more often at school or work than at home. I never have free time so I read when I have the chance no matter where I am. I’m not home very often so reading everywhere else is much more convenient for me personally.

  • Reading out loud or silently/

When reading, it’s generally silently so I can focus more so on the text and not lose track of where I am. It’s very easy for me to lose my place if reading aloud!

  • Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I won’t deny it, I am one of those people who will skip a page. Only one though and it’s only if it’s plot or dialogue that seems irrelevant in the novel long term. BUT I do try not to ever skip pages as I end up feeling bad about it.

  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I really try not to break the spine but I’m not a fan of hardcover books so I literally read majority paperback. So let’s be real, the spine tends to ruin easier on paperback. I do love to keep them like new though!

  • Do you write in your books?

Yes, I had to annotate a lot of books in high school so it’s a bad habit I never gave up. I just will write randomly in most of my books to keep track of my thoughts about it!

  • Who do you tag? 

I’m not really going to tag anyone right now as no one comes to mind since this is an older tag! So please do this tag if you’d like, thank you for reading!

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Starting College!

Just this past month I put high school behind me and began college. This change was a difficult one but the support from those around me has been amazing and I can’t thank and appreciate them more than I do.

I started classes on the solar eclipse so August 21st of this year! I’ve started with prerequisites but look forward into delving into classes rather similar to my major. I’m between majoring in Marine Biology or Environmental Science. My passion and hope are to be able to work with animals long term. A ton of my work has been essays so far though lol.

I have hopes to continue to post reviews during the school year and continue to help authors find their place in publishing and reader world. Thank you for continuing to read my blog and have a good day!