Recent events have transpired that gave me the idea for this post. Like most other things, everyone has their own preference when it comes to the softness of their mattress. While some may love a firmer bed without much bounce, I personally love sinking into my bed at the end of the day. That is why I was very sad to learn that I forgot my mattress pad at home while packing for the new school year.
SO, in order to help you avoid mistakes like this, I have decided to make a list of often forgotten things to bring and do in college. I believe the Internet calls them “life hacks”.
I’m a little jealous of my roommate’s mattress.
1. Mattress Pads
I’ve already made clear my passion for this first tip. Be it an egg crate, mattress pad, cushion, or whatever you may call it, these are essential for those who like a soft bed to sleep on.
You should be going for this effect. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2. Air freshener
Let’s be honest. You’re going to be living in a tight space all year and no matter how hard you try, something will eventually come along and make the room smell stuffy. That is unless you purchase an air freshener or something scented. My friend complemented me the other day on how good my room smelled and I’m not gonna lie, it made my day. It’s always good to leave a nice impression.
3. No Brain Activities
There is plenty of work to do in college and combine that with the numerous clubs and work study job you may have, your brain will be running at Will Hunting levels for most of the day. That is why it’s important to make time in the day to unwind. Turn on some Netflix or walk across campus with your friends. Find something to do that is stress free and requires little effort. Hey maybe even nap… I’ve learned to love naps.
My desk decorations.
4. Room Decorations
The other day I couldn’t figure out why I felt so uncomfortable in my own room. I eventually realized it was because I had not decorated my space yet. White walls are no fun to look at. So throw up some posters and tapestries and bring some memorabilia to liven up your desk space. Trust me, it will make your room feel more like home.
Even the picture makes my mouth water. Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
5. Order Out
Now I know first hand what it’s like for your bank account to be low and to keep constant track of your spending. Despite that, it is important to order some delicious, often unhealthy, food every once in a while. It’s nice to step away from the dining hall now and again, or in my case from cooking for myself, and it can be fun to explore the different delivery places in town. My favorite in Burlington is Wings Over, the place for wings and fries.
6. Keep a Calendar
Remember when I mentioned how much you’d be doing in college? That’s why having a calendar will help you stay organized. This way you won’t have to remember to attend that event 5 weeks from now that your friend mentioned in passing.
I like to imagine that this is what Boates does when he is alone.
7. Alone Time
I find this to be key. While you will likely be spending the majority of your time with people in class, with friends, or with your roommate, it is a great idea to spend some time alone. I like to ride my bike to decompress or marathon a bunch of YouTube videos. Find whatever it is that’s your thing and make time for yourself.
Proof that a calendar is super helpful.