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September 8, 2015

Five Things You Will Definitely Need In Your Dorm Room (and Some Things You Won’t)

So you are coming to school as a freshman and have begun to shop for your dorm. Great! I can tell you right now that when you move out at the end of the year you will find about half of the stuff you bought sitting unused under your bed or in your closet. But I can tell you five things that you definitely will use and should seriously consider buying for your room.

1. A fan:

Most schools start their semesters around the end of August, and even though some of you will have nice air conditioning in your rooms, a lot of you won’t. Even if you do, a fan has so many uses. Does your roommate snore? Sleep with a fan. Does your roommate stink? Sleep with a fan. Need white noise to fall asleep? Sleep with a fan. Usually come November someone will crank up the thermostat so high you will need that fan again. Buy a fan.

2. Christmas lights:

Now hear me out... Christmas lights have graced the walls of my room since I began college. In the rest of the country, lights up in September or January means you are either way to gung ho or super lazy. At college, having lights up means your room is a cool place to chill. If you want to throw a party, you have decorations half-done already. LED Christmas lights are bright enough to read by, but soft enough to save you from the harshness of that fluorescent light above your bed. If you ever have to get dressed early when your roommate is sleeping, Christmas lights will not be bright enough to wake him or her up.

3. Noise cancelling headphones:

This one is pretty straightforward. The cruel truth of college is that inevitably you will have to write a paper on a deadline while your friends who seemingly never do homework have a rave outside your door. Good headphones will let you slip into productivity mode if you are able to avoid the pitfalls of YouTube and Facebook. I can’t help you there.

4. Deodorant:

If you weren’t going to bring any, go out and buy some. If you were, go out and buy more. College dorms can always benefit from more deodorant. Your friends will thank me later.

5. A real alarm clock:

I know you were going to use your phone. Sure. It works fine until for some unknown reason your charger breaks in the middle of the night, your battery dies and that alarm never goes off. Sleeping through class is the fastest way toward failing classes and a plunging GPA. For good measure, find one with an alarm that scares the living daylights out of you when it goes off. You’ll be thankful for the extra adrenaline boost.

Those are things that you will need and will use. However, your dorm is also a very small place most likely. Stuff gets in the way and won’t be helpful. Here are three things you probably don’t need to bring.

1. A TV:

Don’t go out and buy a TV for your dorm. You won’t have time. Or rather you shouldn’t have time. A TV in a dorm room will provide a constant source of temptation, especially if you subscribe to any type of streaming service.

Now, I can binge watch with the best of them, and a laptop will do just nicely for that kind of indulgent weekend activity. A large TV takes up space, and there really just isn’t a lot of that to be had.

I can pretty much guarantee that someone on your floor will have a nice TV. One nice TV will bring the whole floor together for movie nights or video games. A bunch of TV’s will result in a bunch of isolated individuals in separate rooms.

2. Ramen Noodles:

You can go a semester without eating them. I believe in you.

3. A Printer:

I will admit that printing needs vary from student to student. If you will end up needing to print lesson plans and worksheets every day you should consider buying a printer. But for your average student, a library printer will do just fine. It may vary from school to school, but many colleges or universities will give you a set amount of printer credit to use during the semester. Take advantage of this! Ink is expensive, so this may save you some dough. 


Caleb McCracken '16

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