Six Things to Help You Survive College
Packing up your belongings and heading to college can be stressful. There’s so much to bring and how can you decide which things are necessities?
Take a deep breath. Here’s a list of six nonnegotiables besides clothing to get you through college:
An Extra Pair of Sheets
Doing laundry on your own is a necessity, including washing your sheets. It’s one of those forgotten items that needs to go at the top of the laundry list. If you haven’t learned to do laundry by now on your own, this is the time to figure it out. There are tons of bacteria in your sheets. In case you miss a laundry day, have a spare set to cover yourself.
A Desk Lamp
There will be lots of late nights in college. Although your dorm might come with some lighting, it might not be enough for you. Bring something to go by your bedside table or desk. Good study habits are a necessity in school, so make sure you have the proper atmosphere.
Pens and Pencils
This might sound like a basic necessity, but pens and pencils easily are forgotten. Most professors allow students to take notes on their computers, but never forget the value of writing down notes with pencil or pen. Also, don’t forget them for a final exam. Many professors still use blue books for testing purposes and you don’t want to be the student who forgets a pen.
A Planner or Calendar
It is possible to survive college without ever writing down your class or meeting schedule. But why put the extra stress on yourself? College is busier than you might think. You’ll have classes to go to, group meetings to attend, events to experience and parties to plan. Keep track of it all with an easy scheduling calendar. Google Calendar is free and can be linked to different groups you join on campus.
A Staple Business Outfit
Whether it’s for a class presentation, a career fair or a lunch meeting, you want to be prepared. Most students don’t wear business clothing to class, but you should be ready for the one to three days out of the semester where business attire is necessary. Depending on the meeting, men can wear a shirt and tie and possibly a jacket. Women can wear a dress, pant suit or khakis and a shirt.
College is expensive. Keep a minimum of $20 cash on hand, even if it means storing the cash in the bottom of your sock drawer. You never know when you’ll need the money.
Olivia Lewis is a Cappex freelancer and journalist. She is currently pursing her master’s degree in the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.