Necessities For College

Necessities for College

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

College is a new thing for everyone that goes through, so naturally, there are a bunch of unexpected things you need for it. I am here to tell you about some essential items to bring that will make this process more comfortable for you guys. These items will range from some of the obvious things to some of the more obscure things.

First Aid Kit

The first, and most important, necessity you need for college is a first aid kit. You never know what is going to happen at college, and it’s always good to have back up plans. A first kit aid is a health back up plan. If you ever happen to get a cut, a burn, or a fall, the first aid kit would have everything you need to address the issue. Instead of going to find a nurse or clinic, you can fix the problem yourself. There are plenty of places to buy first aid kits, and sometimes you can make them yourselves so it would fit more of your typical health problems.

Toilet Paper

This might seem like something weird, but trust me this might be the best tip from this article. Colleges typically supply their students with only one-ply toilet paper. If you are someone who despises one-ply toilet paper, this tip is going to come in handy. If you are someone who prefers one-ply toilet paper, then I am going to have to question if you are a monster. Always keep the two-ply toilet paper near your toiletry, so whenever you have to run to the communal bathroom, you can take it with you. This will help prevent you from the discomforts of weak toilet paper.

Snacks

I know you might wonder why would you need snacks if universities offer plenty of them, but you still want to make sure you have some food that you enjoy. Some universities don’t provide the best snacks, so keeping some with you will ensure you have food to eat that you like. The best part is you get to keep it in your room so you wouldn’t have to travel all the way to a food hall or somewhere else to grab snacks if you are the hungry. This advantage serves best for a midnight snack where you can just get up walk a couple feet, eat quickly, and go back to bed.

Chargers

Everyone in college has an electronic that needs charging. That is why having chargers is vital in college. As a student, you likely will have a minimum of two electronics with you that need charging: a phone and a computer. The phone to stay in touch with your friends and the computer to store your notes, assignments, and Netflix. That means you need to have chargers with you at all times to keep these items going. To be safe, I would keep backups for both in case one of them breaks, or one of them gets lost.

Laundry Detergent

In college, one of the sad realities you face is that you have to remind yourself to do laundry, do your own laundry, fold your own clothes, iron them, and put them in drawers. At home, we would do certain parts of these, but not always all of them. One thing a lot of people tend to forget in this whole process is the laundry detergent. It is something our parents tend to buy, so it is always there for us. But, going to college means that you have to remember to purchase laundry detergent yourself.

Bottle(s) of Water

Now that you’re in a dorm, water might not be accessible like it was at your house. Sure, there might be a fountain down the hall from you, but continuously getting up every time you are thirsty to drink from a fountain is an annoying hassle. To avoid a situation like this, try to keep a big pack of waters or a water bottle that you regularly fill up to keep in your room. That will help avoid the multiple trips to the water fountain and keep you hydrated at all times.

The list of college essentials could go on and on, but I picked the ones that I feel like are the most important to people. Personally, I will definitely find myself using water, snack, and toilet paper tips because I am someone who doesn’t like being put in an inconvenient situation. Hope this list can give you a tip on the things you may want to bring!

The World of Portfolios

By Briti Prajapat, CollegeFindme Intern

Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!

Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.

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The Major Decision: What Should You Study?

 

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Major What?

The question that any senior could ponder for hours is a simple one:

“What do you want major in?”

There are so many possibilities that it may seem like you’re dealing with Quantum Physics. However, this will in no way cement your future. Besides, who knows what they will focus on for the rest of their lives? Just like how you are always changing and growing, so are your interests and passions.

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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)

Personal:

  • 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)

Clothing:

    • 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

Technology: 

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

Other:

  • 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!

 

ASCA 2018 Session Highlights

3,500 school counselors from across the nation descended upon Los Angeles for the American School Counselor Association Conference this July 14-17. Filled with exhibitors (like us!), keynote speakers, and informational sessions, there was plenty to do in this four day convening. Besides being able to meet amazing counselors from all over the U.S., like Marie Paresa (pictured above), we got to attend a few extraordinary sessions.

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How to Ace the SAT or ACT

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By Simarn Regmi, a high school intern

Hey, everyone! Hope you enjoyed your break and Happy New Year 2018, yay!!! Today’s blog post is going to be for my juniors in high school who are going to be taking the SAT or ACT tests soon. Don’t all jump up in excitement hahaha…. Anyways, as a current senior, I have taken the SAT test three times, studied for them all of summer 2017, and am here to share my advice.

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