How to Master College Living
Life at college can be an interesting beast to tackle and if you’re not careful you could let it stress you out. So with that in mind, here are some helpful tips to help make life at college a bit easier so you have more time to concentrate on what really matters. Drinking.
- Don’t bring your entire wardrobe with you. Let’s face it you’re probably only going to wear half of what you brought. The more clothes you bring the more laundry you have to do. No one likes to do laundry.
- Know how to cook 3 different things. Dining hall food can suck. They can be closed, or on vacation hours. You might just want to have a late night snack but you don’t have car, or the money to spend on delivery. Keep something that you can cook that isn’t perishable stocked in your room. Simple is better. I am a personal fan of Velveeta Mac & Cheese (Kraft needs milk so forget that), Canned New England Clam Chowder, and Spaghetti and Alfredo sauce. Some powdered drink mix of your choosing can round the meal out for typically under $3 and you don’t even have to leave the Dorm or Lodge.
- Get Pop Tarts and granola bars. They’re your “I woke up late and class is in 5 minutes across campus” breakfast. Try your best to not devour these late at night. You’ll be upset come morning time. Also hide them from your roommate.
- Bring power strips. Dorms have outlets in some of the dumbest places. These will help make sure you don’t have to climb over all the furniture just to plug in your laptop.
- Bring a spare phone charger. Personally I’m lazy and hate walking with a phone charger. Plus I lose them all the time if I move them. So I have a charger in my car, 2 at home, 1 at work, and 1 in my bag just in case. It’s definitely overkill but I recommend you get at least 1 spare one so you don’t have to sweat losing one. You also don’t want to be that guy that has to borrow the phone charger.
Bonus tip: Plug your phone in as soon as you are back from class. Playing that much flappy bird drained its battery and you may go out later that night and won’t get a chance to charge it so do it now.
- Buy a nice thick mattress pad. Dorm beds are hard and the few hours of sleep you get need to really count. Note that the mattress pad only helps if you make it to the bed.
- Buy a box of baking soda. Put it in your refrigerator and sprinkle some in those shoes you use for pickup sports. They reek. Also can be used for a clutch science fair volcano.
- Get a Candle or Frebreze. You aren’t cleaning as much as you need to and you don’t want to be the guys with the room that smells like foot. If open flames aren’t allowed go for the Frebreze. I like the Rain scented one.
- Buy a Toaster Oven. If you have a microwave, with this you basically have a whole kitchen. Pizza, grilled cheese, and leftover foods you don’t want to be mushy and chewy are made magical by a toaster oven. Seriously, I like it more than my actual oven.
- Plan your printing. If you think that you can get away with walking to the library right before class and printing out your assignment, you are in for a rude awakening. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong when it comes to printing so whatever you need to do to get stuff printed, do it.
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