Going to College: Things to Bring with You
- Going to College: Things to Bring with You
- Going to College: Things You Can Leave at Home
One of the things I am very good at is thinking ahead about what may come up unexpectedly. As an international student, that is an especially important skill.
When packing to come to Angelo State, I tried to use that skill to be ready for any occasion. But there are some things that I really didn’t think I would need or that I innocently overlooked.
Here is a list of items I didn’t think I would need, but that I actually needed at some point during my time studying abroad at ASU. Learn from my mistakes.
It’s very likely that you will not know your roommate. Who knows, then, if he/she snores like a freight train? Also, walls are very thin in residence halls. Sometimes, listening to your neighbor’s conversations may be more fun than doing your homework, but the time will come when you will need to concentrate on your notes if you don’t want to fail a test.
One of nearly every college student’s favorite activities is napping, so make sure to bring a mattress pad to make napping a more comfortable and hygienic experience. Actually, maybe it’s better not to bring it — less napping means more studying and better grades.
We live in a world where technology is the answer. It has become an essential part of our lives, and it looks like a lot of people cannot live without their smartphones. (Personally, I will only reach that point the day there’s an app that can make coffee.) If you are a technology addict, make sure to buy or bring from home a big power strip so you can plug in your phone, tablet, laptop, TV, speakers and Play Station at the same time.
You may not need scissors very often but when you do, there is nothing that can replace them.
Even though the University Health Clinic provides help to all the sick people who walk through their doors (and the cost is already included in your university fees), sometimes when you are sick you don’t even have the strength to get out of bed and go there. So having a supply of remedies for the most common aches and pains can be helpful.
I know that for some people (including me), wearing a bathing suit is not the most empowering experience, but pack one anyway. ASU has a lake house that is open during the weekends from March to September, where students can relax, tan, kayak, play sports and forget about school for the afternoon. There’s also a swimming pool in the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance. Pack a swimsuit so you can take advantage of these fantastic facilities. Besides, it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase.
Consider bringing a bathrobe. Towels have the same function but they are less “safe.” Say you took a shower but you forgot to take your clothes with you, so you wrap yourself in a towel and walk into the bedroom to your closet. Gravity may decide to prank you and the towel could fall to the floor and you find yourself naked in front of you roommate (and possibly your roommate’s friends).
These are suggestions based on my experiences. Let me know what you found essential.