What You Should Bring BACK to College

It’s that time of the year again. The time when people start heading back to school. As for me, I am moving back to my university and into an apartment with my roommate and suitemates from last year. I haven’t really seen the apartment in person, just in pictures on our school website of the layout so I’m not sure what to expect yet. Normally, sophomores move into this place called the towers, but there’s construction for new housing on campus so we’re lucky enough to get an apartment. Now, keep in mind I’ll be listing what I think you should and should not bring based on my experience, but it all depends on you, dear reader. Everyone’s situation is different and what I do/don’t need may not coincide with what you do/don’t need. This list can be something you reference if you have no idea where to start on the whole shopping for college ordeal. I also have a similar post from a couple months ago that you should visit, too. Let’s get started.

Bedding

  • comforter set
  • pillows (not too many because those Twin XL aren’t spacey)
  • extra blanket/s and sheets
  • a mattress pad (if you feel like the bed might be too uncomfortable)

Room

  • full-size or desk fan
  • full length or desk mirror
  • storage bins/containers
  • small rug
  • hangers
  • hanging shoe holder
  • Keurig (if you like to drink coffee frequently)
  • printer
  • desk lamp
  • adhesive hooks and strips
  • trashcan
  • disinfectant wipes
  • decoration (wall art, fairy lights, picture frames, tapestries)
  • laundry hamper and detergent
  • lint brush (so many times I needed one)
  • vacuum
  • clothes (tanks, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, short, pants, athletic, socks, underwear, etc.)
  • shoes (heels, sneakers, running, boots, flats)

Kitchen (if you have one)

  • plates, cups, bowls, utensils
  • pots and pans
  • paper towels and napkins
  • sponge and dish soap
  • cooking tools (spatulas, ladles, etc.)
  • blender
  • toaster oven
  • water filter pitcher
  • reusable water bottles
  • broom and mop

Bathroom

  • shower mat
  • towels
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • body wash
  • hair straightener or curler
  • shower shoes
  • lotion
  • razors
  • deodorant
  • sunscreen
  • toothpaste and toothbrush
  • hair brushes
  • nail polish remover
  • cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • loofa

Technology

  • laptop/tablet and charger OR a computer
  • portable charger
  • headphones
  • portable speaker
  • flashlight (the power went out a few times in the dorms)
  • batteries
  • flash drives

Extra

  • tweezers
  • bobby pins and hair ties
  • blow dryer
  • tampons and pads
  • important documents (insurance cards, car registration, credit/debit cards)
  • gym bag
  • first aid kit
  • umbrella
  • suitcase
  • backpack
  • school supplies (glue, tape, pencils, pens, paper, stapler, etc.)

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Now, by no means am I saying that you have to buy all of these things. I just want y’all to get a sense of the types of things you might need. Some of these things you may already have at home and others you can buy pretty inexpensively at Ross, Walmart, Target, or the Dollar Tree, especially if you might want to change things up in terms of décor regularly. Try not to bring stuff that you won’t use that often because you might find yourself lacking space. Also, you can always buy a lot of these items after you move in to see exactly what you’ll need. Different schools have different rules for what you can or can’t bring to the dorms so make sure to check on their website. If you have any questions about anything or what you want to see next, leave a comment. SEE YA

My SoulCycle Experience

Okay, so let me start this out by saying that I don’t really exercise that much. I mean I jog about three to four times a week, but that’s about it. I don’t go to the gym. I’m not in any sports. All I do is run, and sometimes even then I just walk very fast.

Everyone in my dorm house was offered a free SoulCycle class since a girl who was a student at my university worked there. I had always wanted to try SoulCycling just to see how it was and if it was something that I would want to do on the regular (the class is just down the street from the school). After much debating, I told my RA to sign me up. I was really hesitant to go because transportation was an issues (I don’t have a car…yet) and none of my suitemates were going. But then I just got over myself. I needed to do things on my own, you know? The class was supposed to be at ten-thirty in the morning, but then there was some conflict with the time so they moved it up to eight-thirty. Eight-FREAKING-thirty!! I don’t like waking up that early during the week, much less the weekend. Anyway, I begrudgingly accepted the time change, arranged a ride with my RA, and waited. I got an email that explained what I should wear, what bike I was going to ride, and the waiver I needed to sign.

On the day of the class, I got up around seven. I decided on wearing some capris working out leggings that wouldn’t chafe my legs and a workout tank. I also grabbed a sweater since it was pretty foggy and cold outside. When we got there, I was very impressed at how modern the building looked. It was very sleek and white and shiny. I’ll insert so you guys can see how it looked like.receptiona

We signed in and handed over our waivers. They asked for our shoe sizes for the cycling shoes that they provided. These were designed to click into the pedals of the bike (which proved to be my downfall, but more on that later). The girl who goes to my school showed us how to work the lockers and put our stuff in. She took me to my bike, adjusting it to fit my body height, the length of my arms and legs, etc. The room itself was just filled with rows of stationary bikes. I, of course, was assigned to a bike in the very front row, almost directly in front of the instructor, who was very toned and muscular I might add. His own bike was elevated on a small platform and the wall behind him was covered in mirror. The good thing was that it was fairly dimly lit. Once we are all situated, he reminds us that there’s a knob that controls the resistance of the bike as we pedal. The faster we pedal, the less resistance we need, and the slower we pedal the more we need. soul2bcycle2bsm

Skip to the actual workout and I’m doing fine so far. We have to pedal to the rhythm of the song. Check. Turn the knob to the left. Check. Pedal standing up. Check? Now it’s not that I couldn’t pedal standing up. It’s just that I couldn’t stay pedaling standing up at the rate that we were supposed to. My ass kept hitting the seat, which is not that comfortable by the way. I’d recommend bringing a cushion. Mind you, we were also doing three different types of push-ups on the handle bars, while also trying to keep a steady rhythm. This struggling was about the halfway point of the class. The beginning was pretty manageable. Soon though, I could tell that I was pushing myself too hard because my legs started to ache a little. I drank some water and I started feeling nauseous. This happens a lot when I run too much without a break. BUT, I pushed through it and decided not to drink water until after. After some time, I just could not keep pedaling standing up. I was just like, “Fuck it,” and sat my bruised as down. Of course, being an idiot, I tried to do it again.

By this point, we were more than halfway done because we started using the small, hand-held weights we were given. As soon as I started lifting my arms up, I knew I was done.  I could feel myself getting dizzy, and I felt like I was really about to throw up. I stopped pedaling, put the weights on my handle bars, and tried unclicking my damn shoes. The instructor noticed me because, duh, I was in the front row and also because he had gotten off his bike a few seconds before. He asked if I was okay and I just told him I needed to use the bathroom to puke. I’m able to unclick my right shoe, but the left one WOULD NOT COME OFF! The instructor tells me to leave it and get it later so I slip my foot out of that damn thing and haul my ass out of there. GUYS, I ALMOST COULD NOT OPEN THE DOOR! My hands and legs were shaking and I was so mortified I would have had to ask someone to help me open it. But once I did get out, the other girls who work there asked me if I was okay and I said I just needed to use the bathroom. I could tell they knew I was about to die so they offered to give me a cold towel and I graciously accepted it.

I got into the bathroom as quickly as I could and threw up a little, mostly bile. I was SO tired that I sit down on the floor (it seemed extremely clean so I didn’t mind). I placed the towel over my face and tried to calm my body down. When I did, I sprayed on some deodorant and washed my face with one of the face washes they had. They had a lot of complimentary things in there. I was sort of not surprised though. I decided not to go back into the class since there were only less ten minutes left, but I would have to get back my water bottle back and unclick the fucking shoe. Long story short, I ended up grabbing my stuff from the locker and sat on the bench as people for the next class filtered in. I did manage to get both shoes and my water bottle out of there. Afterward, I went with some people to Sun Life to get an acai bowl.slide-3-image

Now, I got a complimentary class for beginners so I’m thinking about going to that one despite what happened before. This isn’t trying to discourage anyone from going. I truly did like the class. It was a really intense workout and the instructor was very motivational. The music playlist was pretty good. The overall vibe I got was positive. I think I just need to get into the groove of things so I don’t throw up next time.

Dorm Essentials

Going to college is a HUGE deal, and so is deciding what to bring (if you’re dorming on campus that is). A lot of people me bring stuff they just don’t need or will never use. Of course, there are the basic and most obvious items like clothes, shoes, etc. Now keep in mind that not every college or university is the same so you might have to go on their residential website to see if there are certain things you aren’t allowed to bring. Also, if you’re going to have a roommate (or two), make sure you guys communicate on who is bringing pricey items like a printer or a mini fridge. So, without further ado, here’s a list of what dorm essentials you should bring.

  • Bedding (pillow cases, comforter, sheets, etc.)
  • A fan (if your dorm room doesn’t have AC)
  • Desk Lamp (I got mine from Target)

  • Towels (preferably the ones with Velcro)
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower Caddy
  • School supplies (pencils, pens, backpack, notebooks, paper, calculator, ruler)
  • Headphones
  • Full-length mirror
  • Laptop/tablet/iPad
  • Printer
  • Mini fridge (unless the school provides them)
  • Personal items (shampoo, conditioner, razors, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, pads/tampons, body soap, etc. etc. etc.) Have extras just in case you run out 
  • Hairdryer, hair straightener, or curling wand
  • Laundry detergent/softener (unless your school has a laundry service)
  • Umbrella (JUST IN CASE!)
  • Flashlights (the power went out three times at my school)
  • Batteries, command hooks, small nails, tape
  • Phone charger Don’t forget
  • Snacks (chips, cookies, granola bars, popcorn, ice cream, sodas…)
  • Water purifier (or be like me and buy gallons of water)
  • Décor to personalize the room (tapestry, fairy lights, plants, wall decals, picture frames, art, posters, candles Make sure to clear this first!)

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  • Portable speaker
  • Organizational bins/storage units (for your desk or closet)

Now, I’m not saying you should go out and buy all this stuff. Some of these are optional. This is just what I have experienced and seen with my roommate and suitemates. If you are travelling a long distance for college, the best idea would be to purchase your things around that area before school starts. Some stores even allow you to order them online and pick them up at a later date. I hope I didn’t forget anything, but if I did, feel free to comment down below what you think people should take to college.

My Opinion on College

So let’s start out with a little background.  I just started college as a freshman about two and a half weeks ago. I currently dorm on campus because it is required for first-year students. I don’t know whether I should say where I attend school, but if you can guess from the picture then whatever. I don’t really care.

Anyway, I did not have a hard time adjusting to “college life.” I moved in in less than two hours. I tried not to bring stuff I didn’t really need. Mostly clothes, a lamp, refillable water bottles, a full length mirror, basic stuff. The closet is a pretty decent size. The room already comes with the bed, desk, and a small cabinet thing with two shelves. It is two people per room and four rooms per suite. We share two showers, sinks, and toilets. We actually had an ant problem and I had to throw away my brownies which totally blows 😦 But we had someone come in and spray the room. They were really nice about it, too.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that we have housekeeping? Once a week someone comes in to clean the bathroom and vacuum so we don’t have to do it ourselves. Pretty freaking awesome if I do say so myself. Also, there’s a laundry service that cleans your clothes so you don’t have to. There is a fee, of course.

I honestly really love my roommate. She is so hilarious and true to herself and just really great overall. We hit it off pretty well. The people here are nice and cool. The guys are really cute haha 😉 I made friends easily. There are two guys my roommate already knew from high school so I hang out with them most of the time.

On to the cafeteria food. Let me tell you one thing: it tastes pretty amazing. I mean, compared to the food in my old high school and in other colleges, it is A1. There are various types of food for everyone such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free; you name it.

The classes and professors are good. They seem to love their job and what they teach. There’s a lot more reading than I expected, but not more than I can handle. I have classes Monday through Friday. I have to admit, I am having a little difficulty managing the assignments for each class, but I logged them in on a homework app so I can make sure I am doing everything before the deadlines.

The only thing that sucks is the sheer amount of steps and hills I have to walk on a daily basis. My legs stopped aching though. I guess that’s a good thing. It also might be the only time I get a workout in so I shouldn’t complain.

That’s all for this post. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or hit me up on my Instagram.