Going to College: Things You Can Leave at Home
- Going to College: Things to Bring with You
- Going to College: Things You Can Leave at Home
When packing to go to college for the first time, it’s easy to feel lost. You are probably going to move into a residence hall room you have never seen before and you are not really sure what to expect.
When thinking about what to bring with you, it’s easy to get carried away and start packing everything you can think of.
But one of the hardest things to do is actually decide what to leave behind. I will try to make your life easier and tell you what I would have left behind, based on what I have learned in my two semesters.
Don’t Bring Too Many T-Shirts
I know it sounds stupid because packing for college without bringing all of your T-shirts sounds like going fishing with just one worm. But I have never gotten so many free T-shirts as in these two semesters and you can find them at almost every major event on campus.
If I had known better, I wouldn’t have brought any T-shirts from home. Besides, wearing T-shirts that you won or got in college and seeing other students wearing the same T-shirts builds that sense of belonging that makes college life so special.
Don’t Bring Too Many Clothes in General
The standard outfit for college students is sweatpants/leggings and a T-shirt. So if you are not the kind of person who likes to dress up a little bit every day, just bring very comfortable clothes. Maybe pack a couple of elegant outfits for important occasions. But, if you plan on getting a job, keep in mind that many workplaces require uniforms or nicer clothes.
You Don’t Need a Big Screen TV
First of all, Netflix, Hulu and all the other similar streaming platforms are replacing the big, old TV. If you really can’t live without it, every residence hall has at least one big-screen TV on every floor. Just go watch TV there — it’s a great way to make new friends while bonding over the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.” Besides, dorm rooms are not always big enough to host you and your huge TV at the same time.
You Don’t Need a Printer Either
Printers are big, and ink is the most expensive liquid on earth, did you know that? So there’s no point in having one, plus every Angelo State student is given about 800 pages every semester to print from any computer in the library or the MCS computer lab.
Don’t Even Think About Bringing Furniture!
Every room in the residence halls is equipped with a bed (of course), a mattress, a closet, a desk with a chair and a chest of drawers, so all the essential things are already there. I would just consider buying or bringing hangers or hanging storage solutions for the closet if you like keeping your things nice and tidy.