Life of Food: Learning Meal Plans


By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

For this week’s edition of blogs, we are writing a blog on meal plans, after hearing some of you ask what the different terms mean. 

When it comes to college meal plans, there are a lot of different options out there. Brochures and websites for colleges may use terms that a meal plan rookie won’t recognize, and each school will likely have a different combination of options. Here are the basics of meal plans, including commonly used terms.

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College Packing List

By Simarn Regmi

Move in day is approaching and if any of you are like me, I have not started packing or buying what I need for college. I wish I could just snap my fingers and everything I need would appear in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, I do not have a genie in a bottle, magic carpet, and I am not Princess Jasmine (Fun fact: I actually am the princess of a small Kingdom in Nepal). There’s just a lot of thought and many lists to make, but lucky for you, I have compiled a list of what you want to pack!

College Packing List

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Bedding and Room:

  • Comforter
  • Pillows+pillow cover
  • Linens/sheets (extra-long)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Blanket
  • Lamp
  • Fan
  • Storage Bin
  • Trashcan
  • Laundry bag
  • Mattress topper
  • Shoe Rack
  • Alarm clock (don’t miss class because you overslept) 
  • Room decor (posters, pictures, fairy lights, rug)


  • Robe
  • Towels
  • Shower necessities (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
  • Shower caddy
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Shaving needs
  • Flip flops
  • Hygiene products (deodorant)
  • Iron
  • Lint brush
  • Makeup
  • Skincare
  • Hair Styling tools (straightener, curler, comb)
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Tissues
  • Menstrual care (pads and tampons)
  • Eye care (glasses, contact lens, solution)


    • Casual
    • Comfortable
    • Workout
    • Dressy
    • Jacket
    • Raincoat
    • Swimwear
    • Shoes
    • Slippers
    • Boots
    • Sneakers
    • Pajamas
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Accessories

School Supplies: 

  • Notebook
  • Writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers)
  • Calculator
  • Dictionary,
  • Planner
  • Paper
  • Textbooks (based on class)
  • Index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Tape/glue
  • Stapler
  • Backpack


  • Laptop
  • Charger
  • Ethernet cable
  • Surge protector
  • Camera
  • Flash drive
  • TV


  • Medication
  • Allergy kit
  • Money
  • Umbrella
  • Batteries
  • Snacks
  • Documentation (passport, ID, healthcare forms)
  • Plastic eating utensils and plating
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Water bottle
  • A smile 

Congratulations again to the Class of 2022 and good luck. We hope you have a wonderful freshmen year and take on the world!


Fear of Missing Out

By Wendy Wu, Harvard Graduate Student

When we think about college, apart from learning, one thing that comes to our mind is experience. This is certainly true for many international students who come to American universities and leave their countries for the first time. After years of hard work and preparation, high schoolers are eager to embrace their college life. But, how prepared are they?

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Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Birthday

By Simarn Regmi,

It’s July 31st. This might be an ordinary day for muggles, but for those in the Wizarding World, it marks the birth date of the Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter. I have been a die hard Harry Potter fan since birth. I can read the series and watch the movies a billion times, buy ridiculous Harry Potter gear, and act like I have powers for days. Who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts and ride a flying car?!?!?!!! 

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College Tour – Why You Should Go

College Tour

Going to college is probably going to be your first major decision that you get to make all by yourself. It can be a lot of fun but also stressful, as you start to really consider where you want to go. Sometimes the amount of information that colleges send can become inundating.

That’s why visiting a college can be so important if you have the resources to do so. Touring a college can give you a first hand view unlike any brochure or website. You can get answers to your specific questions and glean valuable information. And finally a college tour can give you the resources to make the right decision.

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College Fly In Programs

Fly In Program

 There are so many great colleges out there. Now that fall is almost here, it’s prime time to do college tours. But what if some of your favorite schools are miles away from you? That’s where Fly In programs come in. These are school sponsored flights where, if you meet certain requirements, the college will pay for your flight to the school. This can be invaluable to students who have their top schools far from them, but really want to learn if this school is a good fit. It is also good for admitted students so they can see if they really want to attend that school. There are a number of Fly In programs offered by colleges all over the U.S. Here are some below, that we keep updated.

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The Best College Blogs

Looking to learn more about what college is like from the actual people that currently live it? Curious about what it’s like to be in a sorority or be the president of the hiking club while also pursuing microbiology? There are hundreds of bloggers out there who are currently in college. They can shed light onto the questions you might have as you explore the college process and feel out what might be a good fit for you. Check out some of our favorites below!
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