Necesities 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!

Finding Ways to Manage Academics and Athletics

 

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

While finding time between sports and school is somewhat tricky, there are tips that you can follow to manage the task. Personally, there were times where I had to deal with trying to prioritize sports and school. I was getting overwhelmed: juggling the demanding workload of school. So what should you do? Find your peace. This blog will explore some of the ways that you can make something as tricky as managing sports and schoolwork somewhat manageable.

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Stressing The Importance of Leadership Titles

By Aida Girma, CollegeFindMe Intern

Oftentimes in high school students are forced to do community service as a graduation requirement, though that may be true, some like me will do it regardless. I have always been someone that enjoyed giving back to the community, whether or not it was mandatory. Throughout my years in high school, I can definitely say I have gotten involved with many school programs such as volunteering with the elderly, helping out at church events, as well as tutoring third graders. Through these experiences, I was not only able to learn more about student behavior, but I was also able to learn more about my strengths and weaknesses. My proudest accomplishment, however, was being named Class President for my school’s class of 2019.

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Life of Food: Learning Meal Plans

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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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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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Pura Vida – How to Make the Most Out of Your High School Opportunities!

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindMe Intern

For many of you up and coming seniors this is the time to dive into the college process. Many of us will have to make decisions that will help further ourselves in the future. With only a couple weeks left in the last summer of your high school career there’s still a lot to be done. Take advantage of all the opportunities near you, so you can be more appealing to colleges.

I was blessed with an moment that not many students are given at their schools. I was given the chance to go to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica for eight days to help improve the community there. I wanted to go to Costa Rica to understand the high level biodiversity; in Massachusetts, we do not have as much as Costa Rica in our environment. I also wanted to learn about the Costa Rican culture because there are many differences between Haitian and Costa Rican culture. I hoped to better understand who I am as a person and understand a culture I am not accustomed too. I also wanted to implement another cultures’ beliefs into my lifestyle. Plus, I wanted to understand how biodiversity has an impact on every Costa Rican that lives in the Osa Peninsula, and know that we helped these people with something that is special to them.

The community needed help to improve tourism.We had different tasks to complete each day such as building speedbumps, sensory pathways, and collecting cameras that were capturing pictures of the wildlife. All these tasks would help make their environment an attraction to tourists and help their community. The roadblocks were made to help kids and adults feel safer. We had to make cement and road signs that had a speed limit. We also used the rest of the cement to fill in other potholes on the road. Another big project was the sensory pathway which allows tourists to interact with nature if they aren’t able to go into the rainforest. To do so we collected logs, sand, rocks, and plants to build a pathway that could help people understand the nature in the Osa Peninsula. We had to set up cameras and collect them a few days later to help display to people the wildlife in the rainforest. This helped them know if the ecosystem was in equilibrium.  Now after doing all this service I felt as though I made an impact on their community. It was great knowing that I was able to help the Costa Rican people even if I didn’t have much knowledge on the activities we were doing. But it was great to be reassured that my efforts made a huge impact on their community.

An aspect I will keep with me as I transition into my senior year is to keep an open mind, because there are many different things in life that I will have to deal with that I may not understand or agree with. But if I deal with these situations with an open mind, I can have a better outcome. In Costa Rica many people had to deal with new people in their environment, but instead of pushing us away they accepted us, and that allowed us to produce some great work. After many hours of work the leaders of each service would thank us with their beautiful smiles and hugs. Before playing a fun soccer match with the community they took time to tell us how much they appreciated the help we’ve given to pursue their goals. They told us how we would never be forgotten. Along with this beautiful speech they gave all of us a gift that they thought resembled ourselves on this trip. Seeing their community appreciate the environment around them made me realize that they’re richer than most people think, and that all comes from how a person views life.

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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!