Bringing all the right things to college

Aug 4, 2001

The Bottom Line A list of the essentials that you should make sure you bring to school with you to survive the long haul.

After being at college for a few years, I think that I am pretty affluent on what should be brought to college with a new student. The question of what to bring is more important than a lot of people think, and it becomes a problem if a student ends up being unprepared when they finally do get here. The other issue, is usually space on the trip over there. If you have a small car, or your parents are dropping you off, then you must always decide what exactly are the important things to bring with you. So, what I have here is a list of what I feel to be very important to bring to school with you.

Some of the things on the list are of course open to debate on whether you really need them, but in my opinion they are all needed. Also, it should be pointed out that things not on this list can still be useful in instances, and are just not considered by me to be of the most importance. So, without further chit-chat here is the list:

--An alarm clock

--A surge protector...this is important, because it is usually hard to find enough plug-ins and by providing your own, it only help you out.

--An extension cord...this is if you have something you want plugged in far from a normal plug in.

--A Back-pack...useful for carrying things to and from class.

--A first aid never know when you are going to get cut or need some sunburn cream. Also included in this should be some aspirin or cough medicine for when cold season roles around.

--School Supplies...paper, pens, scissors, etc. You know the drill here, anything you needed for high school, you are going to need again in college.

--Clothing for all seasons....this is a very important one that is often overlooked. Most people go to college in the summer, and they only think about clothes that they will need for hot weather. This is a mistake, because you are going to need clothing for when the Winter roles around. So, plan for short and long sleeve shirts.

--Laundry Supplies...At college nobody is going to do laundry for you, so you need to make sure you have your detergent, dryer sheets, and anything else you think that you will need to do the wash. You also want to make sure that you have a basket to carry around this stuff with.

--Cleaning Items...You will need something to wash your dishes with, and of course paper towels. Some like to wash their walls, and of course you will need something like 409 to do that.

--Bedding...You need to make sure to bring a pillow (or for the ladies I know you love to bring around 10 pillows), blankets, and of course sheets. Some schools will provide this for an expense.

--Personal Information...You need to make sure to have a social security card, a copy of a birth certificate if possible, a health insurance card, and if you plan to work, a food handlers permit is a good suggestion.

--Dishes...This includes plates, cups, bowls, and silverware so that you can eat within your own room.

--Specialty Items...television, VCR, stereo, typewriter, computer, extra lamp. These are the items that a lot of people need to have for distractions, and some really need to survive. Having all of them has helped me to relax, or even to have something to get my mind off of class for a while. College campuses have computers available for use now, so you do not have to worry too much about bringing your own anymore.

--Intangibles...Make sure that you bring envelopes and stamps to write home, camera and extra film for fun stuff, maybe a swimsuit, checkbooks, an address book, and anything else that you may need on a daily basis.

--Extras...For those that like to be very organized, a file cabinet may be the thing for you because you can keep all of your school work in one place. Also, bring little things that are important to you, so that you will not miss home as much. These are important, because it makes your room at college seem more like a home than a cell from semester to semester.

This list contains all of the essentials to surviving at college, but the one thing that is the most important when coming to college: pride in your school. Establish that within yourself early, and you will be off to a kick-start.

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