About a year ago, I was doing the exact same as many high school seniors are right now… Sending in my enrollment confirmation and looking forward to the college life. I was planning out my intentional four years, looking up ideas on how to decorate my dorm room, and so on and so forth. And of course, if you have no older siblings in college or anyone to truly give you a guide of what you need, you’ve looked up a packing list or two or three or four or you get the idea for what you’ll need for dorm life. So here’s my list of the top five things I bought that everyone should and why…
5. My LARGE Desk Calendar…
OH MY GOD! This is incredibly handy. It’ll help keep you in line over the course of the school year. If you get the right one, it’ll be big enough for you to write down when all your assignments are do, times and places that your meetings are, special events, etc. etc. At the beginning of every month, I take about an hour and fill out the entire calendar for that month. It’s so nice. Definitely one of my best purchases.
4. A Fan
This will come in handy especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your room. It will create an airflow through your room and cool you off. Box fans are particularly better because you can usually set them in your window seal, but standing fans are definitely nice too, which is what I use.
3. Lap Desk
Especially for people who don’t enjoy sitting at their desk to do homework. It’s incredibly handy for when you’re writing, using your laptop when it gets super hot, high lighting, etc.
2. Clothes Hamper on Wheels
I never realized how much hassle I’ve saved myself, but everyone always says they wish they had a laundry basket like mine. Just straight up buy one with wheels. The only way it could inconvenience you, is if you absolutely have to walk down stairs with it. Laundry gets heavy and you won’t want to carry it.
1. Bed Risers
I went the entire first semester without these gems, and they are my biggest regret. They’re cheap (usually like $8), and they create so much more storage space under your bed, because dorm bets generally sit fairly low to the ground. They are incredibly nice.
Since I told you the top five things that have saved my butt this semester, I’ll let you in on some stuff you really don’t need too… And I’ll just list them, no fancy explanations…
3. Food (I’ll explain this one… I have a dinning plan that allows me to get more food than I really need. Just buy some extra snacks to keep around with your dining plan. I still have stuff in my room that I bough in July for school. Or you’ll be too busy to eat in your room. If you’re finding that you’re wanting food but don’t have it. Go buy yourself some small snacks from Walmart.)
6. Comfy Chair
In my ISOM 125 class the other day, we had a lecture about business ethics. (ISOM 125’s real name is Micro Apps for Business, which is a combination of the broad business operations subjects and computer applications like everyone had to take in high school.) The same class period we also had to recreate a memo, so as I got a jump start on my memo, I kept one ear on the lecture my professor was giving. Towards the end of the ethics part of the lecture, he gave a kind word to my class and I that I wanted to share with you…
He said something along the lines of… Don’t do something you don’t believe in, and when he said that he meant in every aspect. An example he gave us was, don’t invest in a company that funds the process of making tobacco products if you are against smoking. Then as his lecture conclusion continued he told us that he didn’t want us to wake up one day wondering why we did something that we never originally wanted to do. And so on…
So, as a friendly reminder, before you make a decision, whether it be a fiscal decision or a major life decision or even such a simple decision of making your bed or not… Remember to think about what you’re doing before you do it.
The other day I was struggling to do some homework and I said to myself, “If you get through this… You’ll get to have a real job.. And have real kids… And have a real husband.. and have a real life how you want…”
I got to thinking more about how I always push myself to do something for what will come next after it. All throughout high school I told myself…
“If you get through this you’ll get to be a sophomore and you won’t have to have English with Mr. Elliot anymore.”
“If you get through this you can go home and eat.”
“If you get through today you can go home and sleep for the rest of the day.”
“If you get through these 5 500s, you get to taper.”
“If you get through this speech you can become a senior.”
“If you get through these college applications you can go to college.”
“If you get through this 10 page paper, you can graduate and go to college.”
“If you get through today at school, you can go to college.”
“If you through this book, you can go to college.”
Eventually everything I did was to get to college… But now I’m in college, and next comes real life. With a real job. And real kids. And a real husband. But I can’t help but think to myself… What’s going to get me through the difficult things when I get there? I realize it’s going to be beautiful… Watching my kids grow up and what not. But after you get thrown out into the real work, and have kids and get married and have a real job.. is death. But then that’s it. It’s over. You only have one life and if I keep pushing myself through one thing just to get to another… It’s going to be rough once I get to a point when I have nothing else to look forward to.
As you may have picked up from my previous posts, I’m a freshman in college. This is my first semester being away from home and being at Ball State. And at Ball State September 12-16 is Fall Rush Week. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is where girls get more acquainted with sororities and sororities with the girls and then bidding happens and then the girls pledge a sorority.
Yesterday, I was down in the lobby when all the girls were coming back with their brand new sorority shirts and bags and they were extremely happy. Then again today, with the same glow added to their look, they strutted around campus in their Greek shirts. And seeing this made me wish I would’ve rushed.
And earlier this evening, I was talking with a group of girls from my floor, one being Rachel, a new pledge to Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi was the sorority I was most closely looking at this summer when I was debating whether or not I was going to rush. I had mentioned slightly regretting not rushing and nearly as soon as I got those words out of my mouth she jetted out “spring rush.”
Now, I’m debating about spring rushing…. Any suggestions or comments? Please. I’m so torn about it.