Your first year of post-secondary education will be one of the most exhilarating, stressful, and probably on of the most memorable experiences of your life.
You’ll meet hundreds of new people, have a newfound sense of independence and responsibility, and there will be an abundance of new opportunities and resources available to you.
It might sound a bit nerve wracking, but college doesn’t have to be that stressful—it should be fun! Check out the eight practical things you should have with you for back to school to make your life away so much easier (In no particular order).
#1 Strong Wifi
Ahh the power of Wifi. Having a strong connection in your dorm or home is key to having a good college education, as it will make studying so much easier, and you won’t have to fight to get a spot in the over crowded library or computer lab on campus. And according to Computer World, nearly 75% of the students who took part in a recent poll said that having fast Wi-Fi access while away at school helped them get better grades.
#2 A kickass study space
No matter how much you would rather avoid studying all together, you will be spending a lot of your time at your desk. Whether its getting all of your work and assignments done — or procrastinating while surfing the web, it is important to ensure that you enjoy your time at your workplace. Whether you are into free spirit bohemian vibe, or you are looking for something more feminine, you need to make sure you have dream desk to ensure you have a productive semester.
#3 Bluetooth portable speakers
Whether you need that “focus” playlist to get things done or you’re trying to get pumped up for a girls night out, the right sound system can make all the difference. Owning a Bluetooth speaker allows you to play your music anywhere straight from your phone. This incredible blue one is made by Crosley Radio and is under $50!
#4 The perfect coffee tumbler
Coffee will be your best friend while you are in school. And you will most likely be drinking it constantly throughout your busy day. Make sure you have a tumbler that can hold enough coffee to fuel you throughout your hectic day, especially after all of your gruelling all nighters. These Kate Spade coffee tumblers can be found here.
Not only will you be in and out of room throughout the day, you will most likely have times when there will be way over ten girls and guys crammed in your dorm to play flip cup. And over time, your place WILL smell, despite how much you try to remove the stale booze. A delicious smelling candle will be incredibly helpful for combatting the unwanted odours that will gradually develop. This adorable Voluspa candle is available at Nordstrom for under $40!
#6 Memory foams and lots of pillows
Sleeping accommodations in dorms are typically not the best. You already have to wakeup way far to early as it is. Throw in a stiff back and camped neck from sleeping on the worst bed imaginable and you are guaranteed to have a miserable morning. Memory foams will save your life. They are relatively inexpensive and can turn any hard mattress into a heavenly cloud. Also make sure you have more than enough pillows. You never know when you will have an extra friend crash at your place, or if you and your friends will be lying on your floor watching Netflix, having the extra pillows on hand will definitely be a good thing.
#7 Portable cellphone charger
In this day and age a huge majority of our day is spent on our smartphones. And come on, if you get stuck in a boring lecture you may want to have your phone fully charged so you can chat with friends who are also enduring the wrath of boredom, or so you can check out what cuties are on campus via Tinder . Portable cell phone chargers are inexpensive and can charge your phone in a matter of minutes! This one is available here.
#8 Noise cancelling headphones
Whether you’re trying to study in your room, your pulling an all-nighter at the library, or you have a hall mate that enjoys playing horribly annoying dub step at 1 AM, you’re going to need serious headphones to help minimize all of the distractions taking place around you. These guys are available here.