How To Make Friends In College | 11 Tips For Making Friends In College Every Student Should Do

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I cannot even describe the range of emotions I was feeling when I graduated high school and thought about going to college. I would say 80% of it was being excited for a new chapter but the other 20% was me being scared out of my mind that I would hate it and want to go home.

 Leaving my hometown friends was really hard and I remember thinking I was going to have no friends once I went to school. Clearly that was me being overdramatic but it's hard not to be afraid of having no friends in a new place!

Meeting new people ended up being so much fun. You will quickly find out it's a lot easier to make friends in college than you thought. But, that being said here are a few tips I would suggest doing if you're trying to figure out how to make friends in college.

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How To Make Friends In College:

1. Keep Your Dorm Door Open

One of the best ways to make friends as a freshman in college is to leave your dorm door open. I honestly wish I had done this more because I heard of so many people making friends that first week. This is especially good to do the first few weeks of school when everyone is actively trying to make new friends.

I was a little confused on how this helped people make friends but people said they would have girls and guys stop by a room with an open door, make small talk and then just keep hanging out there. It's a super great way to seem "open" (literally) to making new friends and will make it look like anyone is welcome!

One of my biggest tips is getting a door stopper right away when moving into the dorms. This way it's super easy to always have your door propped open! 

2. Make Conversation With Everyone

I know small talk isn't anyone's favorite thing to do but you have to start somewhere! Whether it's in an elevator, in class, at a bar, etc, talk to anyone and everyone you see. I will never forget the girl who met me in an elevator for the first time, made small talk and immediately invited me to her room.

Being the first one to start conversation can be scary but it's so worth it! Seriously, you never know who you are going to meet.

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3. Ask Someone In Class If They Want To Study Together

This is kind of an obvious way to make friends in college but it's really effective! The first day of class I always tried to start up a conversation with the person I was sitting next to. As school goes on you can keep sitting by them and ask if they want to grab coffee and study for your exam. There's no better bonding for students then complaining about studying right?!

4. Reach Out To People First Even If You Don't Know Them Well Yet

Reaching out to people first was something I honestly wasn't the best at but totally wish I had done more. I had a few girls at the beginning of the semester reach out to me on Snapchat and invite me to hang out when we had only met once. It made me feel so good to feel wanted somewhere and that someone was trying to form a friendship with me even though we had only met once before.

Don't be afraid of looking "weird" or "clingy" because honestly everyone is looking for friends and will be so happy to be invited.

5. Join A Club Or Greek Life

Joining a club or greek life on your college campus is the go-to way for making friends. Joining something you are interested in like a biking club or a sorority/fraternity that supports a philanthropy you are passionate about will automatically place you in a group of people that have similar interests as you! Finding common ground with a group of people is always a great way to form a connection.

6. Ask To Sit With Someone

When eating at your dining hall or sorority/frat house always find someone to sit with. Now if they look deep into studying for an exam, maybe don't bother them. But, if there is someone alone or even with another group don't be afraid to ask to sit by them! 

7. Make Friends Through Social Media

If we're being honest here, we all know it's easier to make friends behind a screen than in person. If you're more of the shy type that has a hard time going up to people and starting a conversation, beginning a friendship through social media may be a lot easier! Start commenting on people's Instagrams, or sliding up on their story! This will most likely start a conversation that isn't just small talk and will be a lot more natural. 

My go-to was always sliding up on peoples stories on snapchat and then starting streaks with them to keep conversation going! I promise no freshman in college will think it's weird if you ask to hangout after Snapchatting for a couple days. Like I said before, everyone is looking for friends in college.

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8. Compliment People

I mean... who doesn't like compliments?! This is a super easy and nice way of starting a conversation with someone! During my sorority rush I would go up to girls, compliment them on something, ask where something was from, etc. and it always led to a conversation!

9. Be Nice To Everyone

This goes for literally any college student. Be nice to everyone you see. You never know who your next best friend could be! 

On a more serious note though, by being rude, exclusive, or mean to someone not only ruins your chances of making a new friend but also reflects bad on you. The last thing you want is to have bad things going around about you that could make others avoid you.

10. Be Yourself

I know I know, cheesy. You have heard it a million times but it's especially true in college. Being yourself is the best advice I can give to an incoming freshman. I spent so much time before college trying to fit in or be someone I wasn't which only left me with fake friendships. College is the time to find who you really are so don't waste time pretending to be someone you aren't! By being yourself you will attract others who are similar and have a better chance of finding true friends.

11. Losing Friends Is Okay

I know this is pretty much the opposite of advice on how to make friends in college but losing friends is something that is so normal at school which I was not prepared for. I started out the year with a huge group of girls (many different groups in fact) and it stayed that way for a few months. But as the year goes on, you bond more or less with others and your group will start to get smaller. This is totally okay and normal!

I definitely went through a period where I felt like I had no friends at school and most people I have talked to said the exact same thing their freshman year. There are thousands of people in college so meeting your lifelong best friends freshman year doesn't always happen! Just know a ton of other people feel the same way you do so don't stop trying.

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11 Dorm Room Packages That Will Make Dorm Shopping A Million Times Easier

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When shopping for your dorm room it can be really hard to find everything you want from one website or store. I always hated ordering from separate stores only to buy one thing that I needed.

If your'e looking for an easy and quick way to buy stuff for your dorm, these dorm room packages are perfect for you! These also make super fun graduation gifts for students heading off to college.

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Best Dorm Room Packages:

1. Dorm Room Bedding Package For Girls

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Buying sheets, a comforter, pillows, blankets and all that dorm bedding individually can be expensive and a lot of work! I always hated ordering things from different websites for my dorm because I had to pay for shipping for each one.

This dorm room bundle from OCM is honestly a steal for all that you get and will eliminate having to pay a ton of shipping fees from different stores. Plus, this bundle comes in all different styles of bedding so you have tons of options to choose from!

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2. Dorm Room Bedding Package For Guys

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This is the same bundle as the dorm room bedding package for girls but I wanted to include it in here so all the boy mamas will know they can buy a dorm bedding package too! 

Honestly, most guys couldn't care less what their bedding looks like so this is a super easy way to buy his bedding all at once.

3. Dorm Room In A Trunk

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I absolutely love this idea! Not only is this a super easy way to buy your bedding, I love that it comes with a trunk too. I always wished I had bought a trunk for my dorm room because they are perfect for extra seating and storage.

Plus, Dorm.Co offers student discounts so you can always get money off! πŸ˜‰

4. Dorm Room Storage Package

If there is one thing you need in your dorm room, it's storage. This dorm room storage package will keep all your things organized and it's a great price! This bundle is perfect for all your dorm room storage needs plus it comes with a few extra things like a shower caddy.

I added up what I spent on storage baskets, hampers, etc. and it was way more than this package so you're definitely getting a steal.

5. Dorm Room Lighting Package

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If you want a fun way to add some lighting to your dorm room this dorm lighting package is so cute!

I know neon lights are really in right now and I can tell you first hand they are super nice to have in dorm rooms. My ceiling light in my room was so ugly and bright so it was nice to have other lighting to turn on when I wanted to see but also wanted to relax.

6. Dorm Room First Aid Package

A First Aid kit is definitely a necessity to keep in your dorm. Buying individual packages of bandaids, full tubes of ointments, etc. will go to waste. This first aid package is perfect because it has literally everything you need without having to spend tons of money on full sized products.

7. Dorm Room Laundry Package

I know I know... no college student is excited about having to do their own laundry all the time. But, the truth is, you have to now and will need the supplies to do it! Luckily you don't need too many supplies to do your laundry in college but this package is a perfect starter pack for first time laundry doers. πŸ˜‰

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8. School Supplies Package

Personally, I didn't need too many school supplies in college since I did pretty much everything on my laptop. It really depends on if you like to take hand written notes or type them on your computer (which really depends on the person!). If you plan to hand write them, you'll definitely need a few more notebooks than other students. 

Either way, you will need some and this school supplies package right here is pretty much all you need. Only thing I would maybe add is a few highlighters, stapler, and scissors.

9. On-The-Go Essentials Package For Girls

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Totally wish I had this on-the-go essentials package at school. I can't tell you how many times I was away from my dorm and needed a comb, tide pen, or nail file (I'm high maintenance 😜).

I would definitely keep one of these kits in your purse or backpack for emergency situations.

10. Dorm Room Survival Kit

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This package includes 30 things you should definitely have as an incoming freshman that you may not have thought about. This includes everything from a filtrated water bottle to school supplies.

Coming from a college student myself, I would have loved to receive this as a graduation gift. It is a little pricey but you can take out certain things in the package you don't want that will lower the price!

11. Dorm Room Snack Package

Every good college student has their dorm stocked with snacks for those nights they just don't feel like walking to the dining hall. Honestly I would probably go through this so quick lol but I love the idea of having all different kind of snacks.

This would also make a great graduation gift or care package to send your college student while they're at school.

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43 College Tips Freshman Need to Know Before Going to School

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When I was about to go to college I asked every college student I know about what I needed to know in order to prepare for my first year of college. I was definitely annoying asking every question under the sun but lucky for you I have all the advice you could possibly need without having to ask anyone!

Here is everything you need to know as an incoming freshman in college - from social events, making friends, parties to classes, and living on your own. 

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Best College Tips Freshman Should Know:

1. Get To Know Your Campus Resources

One of the greatest things about paying to go to a university is the benefits and advantages your campus resources can give you. At most schools there is a career center that can provide you with many ways to get started looking for internships or jobs. 

I would definitely recommend visiting the career center and talking to advisors sooner than late so you can get on the right track to finding a job right out of college!

2. It Is Okay To Have An Undecided Major

To be honest, about half of my friends went in to college without knowing what they wanted to major in! If this is you, it is totally okay to be unsure what you want to do. Most students end up switching their majors a couple times anyways. 

If you are going into school with an undecided major, I would suggest taking general classes that you would need to take no matter what major you decide on. This will make sure you don't take classes that won't count towards the major you eventually choose.

If you have room in your schedule, also take classes that you think you may be interested in. This way you can get an idea about what you like and what you might want to major in down the road. 

3. Look Up Your Professors

I am going to share the best website ever with you and one of my favorite college tips freshman should know.

www.ratemyprofessors.com

Seriously, when picking classes look up your professor on here. Looking up your professor ahead of time will let you know how hard the class is, how heavy the workload will be, if attendance is mandatory, etc. If there is a class with multiple professors, I would use this to see which professor's class to take. Seriously this website is life saving.

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4. Stay Organized/ Have A Calender

Whether it's Google Calendars or a physically planner, you have to write your work down and stay organized. Most professors will give you a syllabus at the beginning of the semester and expect you to remember the due dates of a paper all the way in December. If you don't write this stuff down you will forget!

5. Get Involved In Your Campus's Greek Life Or Clubs

One of the most important thing to do to feel involved in your school is to join a club or greek life on campus. Joining an organization is not only a great way to meet new friends, it also will make your campus feel more like a home than a school.

6. Talk To Everyone

No matter who it is, talk to and be nice to everyone. Even if this is just on the elevator or in class. You never know when you could meet your next best friend!

My roommate and her best friend met during orientation and are still best friends to this day. 

7. Plan How You Want To Manage Your Money

Unless you have an unlimited credit card from your parents (I WISH), you are going to have to learn how to manage your money. This was definitely a huge change for me since I was so used to my parents paying for everything at home. 

Set aside money each month for going out and don't spend more than you planned so that you have money for other stuff like food, toiletries, and other essentials.

8. Don't Stress About What People Think Of You

I asked a few of my friends what their biggest tip for college freshman would be and this was usually their number one answer which I totally agree with. Now this doesn't mean you can be rude to others and just say "I don't care what people think." But, this does mean you can have fun and be shamelessly you without caring what people think! 

College is the time to find yourself and your people so don't stress if there is one or two people who don't love you!

9. Look Up Student Discounts

I didn't realize until I was a student but pretty much every store offers student discounts. Make sure you check if a store offers student discounts before paying full price. Take advantage of the fact you're a broke college student! πŸ˜‰

10. Check Your Student Email Regularly

You professors are going to be communicating with you almost solely through your student email. Check this daily! 

I had mine loaded onto the Outlook app on my phone so I got notifications every time I got an email. Definitely recommend doing this if you can so you don't have to remember to check it all the time. 

11. Communicate With Your Professors

This is definitely one of the more important college tips freshman should know. Don't be afraid to reach out to your professors! Whether it's through email or office hours, they truly want to help you and appreciate when students talk with them. 

It also doesn't hurt to talk with your professors because if you ever need a recommendation letter down the line, they can vouch for you. 

12. Find At Least One Friend In Every Class

Having a friend in class is so helpful when it comes time to study for exams or even ask a question about something you missed in class. 

It's also just nice to see a friendly face every time you go to class. 

13. Go To Sporting Events

Sporting events are such a fun activity to do with friends, especially if you go to a big school. I went to so many football and basketball games and they seriously are some of my favorite memories! 

As a student, you can get really good tickets for either free or way cheaper than the average person. Definitely take advantage of these opportunities because they are so fun! 

14. Keep Your Important Belongings Safe

It's super easy to lose things in college and sadly a lot of things get stolen too. My holy grail items for keeping up with important things are these scrunchies with hidden zippers and this phone wallet. These will both make keeping cash, cards, and keys safe when going out!

I would also suggest a small safe if you are living in a dorm. A lot of times I would forget to lock my door and honestly anyone could have taken things from my room. If you're going to keep cash or any expensive jewelry in your dorm I would definitely recommend a small safe.

15. Prepare To Work Hard/ You Will Be Stressed

You will be tired all the time. If you think you worked hard in high school prepare to work even harder in college. Know that it's okay to be stressed and most people around you are too! In order to manage this stress, try to stay ahead of schedule with your work and stay organized.

16. Find Good Deals Around Town

Definitely explore around your college town for different deals. Like one of my favorite restaurant bars had 49 cent wings on Tuesdays! 

Deal nights like that are always fun to make a tradition with friends or a fun activity to do when you have a free night. And it's always nice to save a few bucks! 

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17. Go To Orientation

Make sure to go to your orientation before school and go to all of the events! Not only are these super informative, it's also a great way to meet other students. 

I know a ton of my friends still keep in touch with people they met at orientation. 

18. Pick One Day A Week To Clean Your Room

Keeping your dorm room clean is key to feeling organized and prepared. Keeping a clean room will make you feel more focused and motivated.

My roommate and I always cleaned on Sundays so we could start a fresh week with a clean room.

19. Find A Source Of Income

Wether you work at an on-campus job or a server at your local restaurant, you will most likely need a source of income. This doesn't have to be a lot but you always need some extra cash. 

20. Take Good Notes

Without good notes, you will not do well in a class. Now taking good notes does not mean writing everything down word for word. College professors talk fast so you will have to take their key points and write them down quickly.

If you are having trouble doing this, I would suggest recording the lecture with your phone so you can go back and listen before your exam.

21. Find Creative Ways To Make Money

I know some people did others homework for money but this can get you in a lot of trouble. One thing I did to make money was sell my study guides and Quizlets. This is honestly a great way to make money and totally legal!

Before a test I would make online flash cards and tell the flashcards for 3 dollars or so. I would end up making 30 dollars selling a Quizlet I would have made to study myself anyways!

22. Talk To Your Advisor

At your school you will have your own advisor for your major. Talk to them frequently. They can make sure you are on the right path to graduate on time. They can also advise what classes to take that can help for you graduate earlier!

For example, there were classes I was able to take that knocked out 2 class requirements while only taking one class. I would have never known this without talking to my advisor!

23. Be Safe/ Protect Yourself

It's sad but true. College can be a scary place for girls. You need to watch your surroundings and stay aware! I carried my pepper spray around everywhere just in case.

24. Schedule Classes Close Together

I would recommend scheduling your classes close together. Yes, having back to back classes may seem hard at first but it gets your day done faster.

I thought it was a good idea to schedule my classes far apart and I ended up going back to my dorm, falling back asleep, and not wanting to go to my next class. Just get them over with all at once! 

25. Schedule Classes When You Are Most Productive

If you weren't a morning person in high school, you definitely won't be in college. You may think an 8AM class is great compared to your 7AM high school start time but I'm telling you something changes your freshman year at college. If you have a hard time getting up early do yourself a favor and schedule your classes later.

BUT, if you are an early bird, schedule your classes in the morning! I'm such an early riser and get burnt out by like 3pm so I hated having class past 1. Try to schedule your classes around times when you are most productive. 

26. Take Advantage Of The Benefits Your Tuition Pays For

Meals, printers, tutoring, you name it, your tuition probably pays for it! Make sure you know what your tuition is paying for and don't spend money on things you don't need to. 

27. Check If There Is A Bus System/ Ride Share Through Your Campus

Make sure to check if your school has free public transit. Luckily mine did and because my school's campus was so big, I rode the bus all the time. This was free and great for rainy days! I had tons of friends that just never used it because they didn't know how. So learn how it works and use it.

I would also look into other ride share options your campus offers. At my school they pretty much had free Ubers. Not many people knew about it so it's definitely something to look into. 

28. Visit Other Colleges/ Travel

College is the perfect time to travel! Other than school and work, you have almost no responsibilities! You will never have time like this again. Take advantage of this and visit your friends at other schools, go to the beach, or go to concerts. This was honestly my favorite part about being on my own.

29. Prepare For Friends To Stay With You

I would recommend keeping an air mattress around for when friends come to stay. This doesn't need to be an expensive air mattress considering your friends will probably be passing out drunk anyways lol...

I neglected to buy this and ended up having to squeeze into my twin dorm bed with my friend when she came to stay. 

30. Don't Take Your Card To Bars

I cannot tell you how many times I heard people talking about how they got drunk and spent hundreds of dollars at the bar. I may have spent a little too much a time or too as well.

Pull out cash before you go out and when the cash is out, you're done buying!

31. Beware Of Parking Tickets

At my school there were designated parking zones for everyone and parking in the wrong one could land you with a $50 parking ticket! This was money I definitely did not have so just be careful where you park. 

32. Don't Be Afraid To Ask Random People To Hang Out

Pretty much everyone is looking for new friends freshman year of college so don't be afraid to reach out to a person you have met once or twice and ask them to hang out! I had people do this to me and it honesty made me feel so good.

33. Bring The Right Clothes

If you're going to college out of state, make sure you know what to bring. For example, if you are going to school in California, you probably won't need rain boots. But, in Alabama it rains all the time so make sure to prepare well!

34. Pack Smart

When packing for school, make sure you pack smart. This means packing in storage bins you can also use for extra storage in your dorm. I used both of the storage items above when moving in and kept them under my bed to store my seasonal clothing.

35. Prepare For Community Bathrooms

Community bathrooms are usually super gross so prepare accordingly. I definitely recommend a mesh shower caddy instead of a plastic one so water doesn't fill up in all your stuff.

Shower shoes are a necessity and a towel wrap will make carrying your stuff to the bathroom much easier since you won't be having to hold your towel.

36. Keep In Touch With Hometown Friends

I know for some people it was really hard to leave home and for others they couldn't wait to get out of their home town. One thing I would suggest doing though is keeping in touch with hometown friends. Once you get back home for summer you will want people to hang out with so make sure to keep in touch with your friends back home.

You would be surprised how much your friendships from home can grow while in school. One of my best friends from home now was not my best friend before college!

37. Become Friends With Your RA

I remember my roommate and I were the only ones to follow our RA on Instagram and she remembered us ever since. Your RA is not much older than you and they want friends too! Plus, making friends with your RA will keep you from getting in trouble πŸ˜‰

38. Don't Pay For Tutoring

Pretty much every college has free tutoring. Take advantage of this! Even if you can't find a private tutor for free, there are usually review sessions for certain classes right before exams that are super helpful.

39. Take Time Alone

One of the biggest parts of college is your social life. Going out with friends and going to parties is always fun but make sure to take time to yourself too! This will reduce stress and let you catch up on things you need to get done.

Moral of the story, don't be afraid to stay in one night when your friends are going out! Everyone needs some alone time. 

40. Monitor Your Eating Choices

I know we have all heard of the freshman 15 and it is real. Luckily I didn't gain any weight in college (mostly because I was too broke to eat out lol) but it does happen. Monitor what you eat and try to limit how much you eat out. Not only will this prevent you from gaining weight, it will also save you money.

41. Do Not Try To Cheat

Cheating on tests in college is pretty much impossible because they make different versions of tests, check your ID, and a ton of other things to prevent cheating. Even if you think you can get away with it, it is never a good idea to try and cheat. Cheating could automatically fail you from a class or even lose scholarship money.

42. Expect To Pay More Than You Thought

This goes along with managing your money, but budget more money than you expect to pay for school. There are always costs you don't think about like textbooks and computer applications you need to pay for for school.

For example, there was a website I had to pay $100 dollars a semester for that was mandatory for doing my homework. Luckily I had budgeted a couple hundred extra dollars the first couple months but this was something I was not planning on having to spend money on.

43. Be Yourself

As cheesy at it sounds, being yourself is the best advice I can give to freshman going to college. College is the time to find who you really are so don't waste time pretending to be someone you aren't!

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What Not To Bring To College Dorm | 10 Things That You Don’t Need To Bring To Your College Dorm

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Moving off to college can be super overwhelming and usually requires you to buy a whole 'lotta stuff. But there are a few things you may think you need but will probably never use in the dorms. 

When I was packing up for school I truly thought I would need everything from home. Not only did this make packing so much harder, it also took up much needed room in my extremely small college dorm.

After learning from my mistakes on what not to bring to college, I am here to make sure you don't do the same thing! 

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What Not To Bring To College Dorm:

1. Too Many T-shirts

Luckily, I heard this tip before I moved in so I didn't over pack t-shirts. But, in case you haven't heard this yet don't pack too many t-shirts!

Just in general, pack less than you think you should. You will be shopping throughout the year and if you move in with no extra space, you'll have no where to put anything new. 

You might also constantly be getting new t-shirts and apparel at school from either greek life if you plan on going through recruitment at your school!

2. Pots And Pans

Unless you are dedicated to cooking your own meals and have a kitchen in your dorm definitely don't pack pots or pans. Even if your dorm has a community kitchen you must likely will never use it. 

I made the mistake of bringing a couple pans with the idea I would cook every once in a while and didn't use it once. Plus there is literally no where to store pans in a dorm room.

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3. Real Kitchen Utensils + Plates 

Again, unless your dorm is suite style with a kitchen, you will absolutely never use real utensils and places. Trying to wash out dishes in a dorm bathroom sink is not only super gross but also just a huge hassle! 

Stick with plastic utensils that you can easily through away when you're done eating. I know that isn't the best for the environment, but you most likely won't be eating in your dorm that often anyways! I rarely ate in my dorm unless it was snacky things which never required utensils anyways πŸ™‚ 

4. Iron And Ironing Board

An iron and ironing board is definitely something you should not bring to your dorm. Ironing boards are super large and will take up a ton of space. Instead, invest in a mini steamer like this one! Not only is this a lot more storable it is also a lot less work. 

5. Large Suitcases

You will definitely want some kind of travel bag in your dorm to pack when you go home or on trips but a large suitcase is not necessary! I brought one my freshman year and it sat under my bed taking up a ton of room.

Instead, I would bring a duffel or a small suitcase for the times you travel. Duffels are especially nice because you can fold them up which limits the space it will take up in your dorm room. 

6. Printer And Ink

Almost every school has printers you can either use for free or pay a few cents to use. I had printers in my dorm building but almost all the libraries had ones that students could use. 

It might sound convenient to have one in your room but I found that bringing a printer is a waste of space and money. Have you seen how expensive printer ink is?! No thanks!

7. Candles

Unfortunately, most college dorm don't allow candles because they can be a fire hazard. This totally sucks but the good thing is there are a ton of other options to make your dorm room smell good.

I would suggest either a wax warmer or air fresheners. If you do decide on a wax warmer, double check that they are allowed in your dorm as well! 

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8. Appliances

Double check the appliances your dorm comes with but for me I was given a mini fridge and microwave. You don't want to haul down a fridge just to realize there was one there already!

I also would not bring any type of cooking appliances like a hot pot. You wont use it and it probably isn't allowed in your dorm anyways.

But if you are a coffee lover I would 100% recommend a mini Keurig. These are allowed in dorms and will save you tons of money on Starbucks.

9. Anything Your Roommate Already Bought You Can Share

This one is pretty self explanatory but make sure to communicate with your roommate on what they have already bought. If they already plan on bringing something you can share like a vacuum, save your money! You can trade off buying certain essentials and just share.

I would definitely recommend talking to your roommate about who is going to purchase the big dorm room items as well. This includes: 

  • Futon 
  • TV 
  • TV stand 
  • Microwave 
  • Mini fridge 
  • Rug

These are just the bigger items I bought so you don't need to bring any of these things. Definitely check with your dorm to see if any of this comes with the room! 

10. Expensive Jewelry

Do not bring your real diamond earrings to school please!! I heard a ton of stories about girls who either lost their expensive jewelry at the bar, a frat house or got them stolen from their room. Keep your expensive jewelry at home and buy cheap dupes for school!

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The Best College Packing List For Freshmen | College Packing List PDF

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Trying to move all your stuff from home to college is SO hard and stressful. I remember constantly feeling like I would forget something. You're basically moving your entire life to school!

After going to college myself (and forgetting a few things) I have come up with the perfect college packing list for you to make sure you don't forget anything important.

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Bedding:

When it comes to bedding, there are a few thing you absolutely NEED. You want your dorm bed to be as comfortable as possible and also super cute! I also included a few things that aren't essential but would make your bedding look super cute. Here are the bedding items I would make sure you pack:

  • Mattress Pad
  • Mattress Protector
  • Sheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Accent Pillows
  • Comforter
  • Throw Blankets
  • Headboard

Decor: 

Aside from making your dorm look super cute, don't forget to pack the decor that will make your dorm room functional and feel like home. These items will make your room a lot cuter and more comfortable:

  • Curtains
  • Curtain Rod
  • Command Hooks
  • Photos
  • Picture Frames
  • Rug

Bathroom Supplies:

The bathroom supplies list is probably the longest but also the most important. You don't want to get to school and realize your forgot all your makeup or a hair dryer!

  • Towels
  • Towel Wrap
  • Shower Caddy
  • Makeup Organizer
  • Makeup Mirror
  • Hair Towel Wrap
  • Baskets
  • Hand Towels
  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Blow Dryer
  • Hair Spray
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Makeup Remover
  • Lotion
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Loofah
  • Cotton Balls
  • Nail Polish and Remover
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Perfume
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Retainer
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • First Aid Kit
  • Advil
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Tums
  • Tampons and Pads
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Electronics:

Most of these electronics you will probably remember but I will remind you just in case πŸ˜‰.

  • Laptop
  • Laptop Charger
  • Extension Cord
  • Calculator and Charger
  • Sound Machine
  • Phone Charger
  • USB Drive

Clothing:

Okay, as far as clothes go I know you may want to bring your entire closet. Take it from me, that is not a good idea. That shirt you "may need at some point" you probably won't ever wear. Dorm closets are super small and you will run out of room fast. You will also be getting new clothes at school and want to have room for those!

  • Bras
  • Sports Bras
  • Tank Tops
  • T-Shirts
  • Costumes
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Rain Jacket
  • Cardigans
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Sweatpants
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Tennis Shoes 
  • Sandals
  • Boots
  • Heels
  • Scarves
  • Jewelry 
  • Hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Pajamas

Cleaning:

A clean room makes for a happier and better student! I know when my room was dirty I did not feel productive at all. You don't need to go too crazy with your cleaning supplies but there are some dorm room cleaning essentials:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser
  • Laundry Bag
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Trash Bags
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Small Vacuum
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Dawn Soap
  • Clorox Wipes

Kitchen:

I know most freshman eat at the dining halls but it's always good to keep snacks and some plastic utensils in your room for those nights you're too lazy to go out to eat.

  • Food Storage
  • Keurig
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks

School Supplies:

I would personally recommend buying most your school supplies once you get to school. I know school supplies shopping is always fun but in college you don't need to go too over board with supplies. 

  • Backpack
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Binder
  • Tape
  • Binder Dividers
  • Stapler
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Planner

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Unexpected Things To Bring To College | 15 Items You Probably Didn’t Think To Bring To College

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When packing for the big move to college, it can be super stressful trying to remember everything. Of course you will think to pack your clothes, decor and other essential items but there are a few things you may not think of bringing!

After moving to out and packing for college myself, these are the products I did not think of bringing to college with me and ended up having to buy later on. Make your life easier and pack these items now so you aren't left having to buy them once you get to school!

This post shows you all the unexpected things to bring to college.

1. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Dehumidifier

I quickly found out after moving into my dorm room freshman year how necessary a dehumidifier is. I didn't have one for a week or two and let me tell you, it was miserable. My dorm was super old so it was even more humid and I'm not exaggerating when I say my stuff was literally WET. 

Go ahead and invest in a dehumidifier or DampRid now! It will make your room feel much more comfortable and prevent you from getting sick from the moisture in the air.

2. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Rain Boots/Umbrella

If you are going to a college where it rains at all I promise you will want some rain gear. Nothing is worse than walking to class in the rain and sitting in a 2 hour lecture with wet clothes.

3. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Medicine/First Aid Kit

You definitely want to bring a first aid kit with you to college or at least some bandaids. I would also suggest bringing cold medicine and Advil because no one wants to have to run out and buy some when you're already feeling under the weather.

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4. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Water Filter

I asked a few of my friends what their number one thing was that they wish they thought of bringing to college before they got there and this was it. Not only does this make your water so much cleaner, it will also save you from spending money on water bottles!

5. Unexpected Things To Bring To College- Costumes

A huge part of college is all the parties! Here is a list of common themes and costumes you will want to bring to school if you have them already:

  • Hawaiian Shirt
  • Rave/ Neon Clothes
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Wigs
  • Cowboy Boots
  • Bandanas
  • Hats

These are just a few things that may come in handy for a costume party! But really anything themed is probably a safe bet to bring.

6. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Steamer

No one wants to show up to an event with wrinkled clothes. This mini steamer is super easy to use and is small enough that it won't take up too much space in your room.

7. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Scrunchie With Zipper

This is a holy grail item you may not think to bring to college. It's perfect for keeping keys, money, or makeup when you're going out so that you don't lose anything!

I could think of a few more things this would be helpful to store things in too πŸ˜‰

8. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Extra Chargers

You're almost guaranteed to lose a charger or two so having back ups is a great thing to bring to college you may not think of! Plus this pack has a variety of lengths which is super helpful if you need a longer one for your room and a shorter one for your car.

9. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Power Strip/ Extension Cord

A lot of the time dorms have very few wall plugs and they can be in weird places. A power strip or extension cord is essential if you are planning on bringing lamps or other items that need to be plugged in.

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10. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Over The Door Mirror

An over the door mirror is something I totally forgot to bring to school and ended up using my roommate's 24/7. I would definitely suggest one of these if you haven't bought one already! Plus this one is great because it has extra storage for jewelry and accessories.

11. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: School Supplies

You don't need to go too over board with school supplies in college. (Although I wish you did because I have a slight school supplies obsession). But, here are a few things you WILL need to bring to college.

  • Pencils
  • Large Notebook
  • Highlighters
  • Planner
  • Folder
  • Stapler

12. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Blow Up Mattress/ Extra Mattress Pad

I totally didn't even think about this bring to college until my friend reminded me. An extra blow up mattress or mattress pad is GREAT if you plan on having friends visit you at school. The dorm beds are small and I promise it isn't fun to share them. 

Having an extra mattress will definitely come in handy when friends come to visit!

13. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Paint And Brushes

You would be surprised how often you need paint in college. If your school paints coolers for greek life formals, this is definitely something that would be good to keep around.

14. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Glitter

At least at my school, there are a ton of rave themed parties and everyone needs glitter for one of those! This glitter is great too because it is a gel that sticks to your hair and body better.

15. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Scissors And Tools

A tool kit will be especially handy when moving into your dorm. I can't tell you how many times my roommate and I tried to make shift tools and spent longer doing so than if we just had bought a tool kit. If nothing else bring scissors for sure!

16. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Ear Plugs

There were too many nights where I could not sleep because of my loud neighbors or the train right beside my dorm. Ear plugs are a great thing to bring to college you may not have expected to need.

17. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Pepper Spray

This if for all the ladies out there!!! Walking alone at night can be really scary and dangerous. It's sad but true. I would most definitely recommend keeping pepper spray on you at all times at school! 

18. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Clear Bag

I didn't even think of bringing a clear bag to school until I was at the football stadium entrance and realized I couldn't bring my purse in. Most sports events require a small clear bag for games so don't forget to bring this!

19. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Keurig

If your'e a coffee lover, a mini coffee maker is a great thing to bring to school that you may not have though of yet! This will save you tons of money on Starbucks and you can get coffee right from your dorm!

20. Unexpected Things To Bring To College: Command Hooks

Last but certainly not least, command hooks are something you will definitely need to decorate and organize your dorm room at college! Make sure to get these before moving in!

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15 Sorority Rush Week Tips You Need To Know Before Recruitment | Sorority Recruitment Do’s And Don’ts

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Sorority recruitment week can get really overwhelming and stressful. First off, I want to say no matter what, everything will work out the way it's supposed to! You're going to get so annoyed with how many times you hear "trust the process" but every girl that has gone through rush will tell you it's so true.

With that being said, there are some do's and don'ts when going through sorority recruitment. 

From someone who has gone through rush at The University of Alabama, here are 15 tips that will make your rush experience the smoothest it can be!

Sorority Rush Week Tips: Do's

1. Do: Take Notes After Each House

One of my biggest tips for sorority recruitment week is to take notes after each house. Trust me, after a long day of rush, houses will start to blend together.

Write down who you talked to, what you talked about or just how the house made you feel after leaving. These notes will be so important when it comes time to decide what houses you want to keep. 

2. Do: Keep An Open Mind

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Keeping an open mind is so so important when going into rush week. The truth is no house is "good" or "bad" they are all just different!

Going in with an open mind and not focusing on going one certain house will make your rush experience a lot less stressful and can save you from disappointment if the house you thought you wanted drops you.

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3. Do: Trust The Process

I'm telling you right now you are going to hear this phrase a million times during your sorority rush week and you're going to get really tired of it. So I'll say it first... TRUST THE PROCESS.

The girls in the house and Panhellenic have spent years perfecting the rush process and they know what they're doing. It may seem disappointing at first if you get dropped from a house you liked but the girls rushing you know their house best and if they don't see you as a fit don't take it personally! There is a reason for everything and you WILL end up in the house that is perfect for you.

4. Do: Make Sure You Have All The Rush Essentials

Trust me... your'e going to want to read this post. These items are things you do NOT want to forget during rush week. 

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5. Do: Get Close With Your Rho Chi (Or Whatever Your School Calls Them)

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Every school has a different name for them but your rho chi will be your best friend during rush. These girls are basically your rush counselors that have disassociated from their sorority to help you through the process.

They are completely unbiased and are a great resource for all questions or advice during rush. I'm still friends with my rho chi to this day!

6. Do: Talk To Everyone

Everyone is going through the same thing during rush and everyone needs a friend to talk to! Talk to anyone and everyone during rush.

You never know if you are talking to a potential sister or new friend!

7. Do: Be Yourself

Be yourself during rush week. You want to find a house that loves you for YOU so don't act like someone you're not during rush! 

That being said...there are some topics you want to stay away from. The biggest two are boys and partying. Rush is a time to get to know the girls in the house and their philanthropy. Talking about how excited you are to meet the guys at the frats and party with them is not a good look. Just stay away from these topics and your'e good!

8. Do: Ask Questions

Make sure to ask the girls in the house questions too! This will make your interaction more of a conversation rather than an interview.

Plus the girls in the house will love getting a break from coming up with questions to ask after doing it all day. Trust me they will appreciate it.

Sorority Rush Week Tips: Don'ts

9. Don't: Talk Bad About Houses

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Talking bad about a house or openly talking about how you didn't like it is a BIG no no.

Not only does this make you look bad which could get back to other houses, you also never know who LOVED the house you didn't like. So just stick to writing your opinions in your notebook πŸ˜‰.

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10. Don't: Party During Rush

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I think this one is kind of a given but don't party during rush week. Not only will it look bad on you, you will also feel like crap the next day which would be totally miserable.

11. Don't: Check Greek Rank

If you don't know what this is already, good. If you do, I'm telling you right now to stop. I'm not going to lie I looked at it for my school too. But seriously it is sooo inaccurate and not worth your time. Just don't check it!

12. Don't: Wear Revealing Clothes

I'm all for a good crop top but sorority rush week isn't the time for revealing clothes! This can make you look unprofessional and is also really uncomfortable for you.

You don't want to be pulling your dress down all day flashing anyone lol. Just be mindful when picking outfits! 

I just wrote this post on sorority recruitment outfits that would be PERFECT for rush week. 

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13. Don't: Post Questionable Things On Social Media

Months before rush, girls will be looking at your social media! Basically anything you wouldn't want your boss or grandparents to see, don't post. Be mindful of what you post and how this could reflect on you. 

14. Don't: Talk To Actives During Rush Week

Some schools are different but for the most part, talking to actives during the week of rush OUTSIDE of formal recruitment isn't allowed.

This means meeting up in the days during rush week, snapchatting or texting actives. The reason this isn't allowed is so that every girl gets an equal and fair amount of time with each house. 

Actives usually are not allowed to contact you either so just don't answer!

15. Don't: Be Afraid To Tell Random Stories

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This is kind of a random tip but honestly one of my favorites. Don't be afraid to tell a random story or bring up a random topic. During rush you will find a lot of the conversations are the same.

Bringing up a random topic or telling a funny story will make you stand out and will be fun to talk about something other than your major or hometown.

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