What Do You Really Need for College?

It’s that time of year again…the Target commercials for back to school shopping are in full swing. I can’t decide if I love them or hate them…but they are catchy.

Anyway — I remember going back to college every year as being both exciting and a bit of a pain. Moving all that stuff back and forth year after year took it’s toll. But after a while I got it down to a science…as you can imagine.

I went to college at Hofstra University on Long Island to study broadcast journalism. Some of my friends at the time were headed to a different state, and looked at Alabama Education and Career Resources, but I wanted to go into journalism so I stuck to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to live on campus and also be only a half hour away from home. It was a win-win situation for sure.

I have a lot of great memories from college like meeting former President Bill Clinton. OK — I didn’t really get to meet him — but I did shake his hand. This photo always makes me laugh.

I’m glad I got to live on campus because I was able to get the full college experience. But I don’t miss moving in every fall semester. I always dreaded it. It’s a lot of stress to buy all the things you need, pack up the car and relocate your life. So much money went on things, I know I needed them but it was still so hard, I was always asking myself “Where can I find free money for college?”, any help was always appreciated during those college days! But the memories you get from the experience is worth it, it is an experience that stays with you for the rest of your life. You’ll make life long friendships, learn lessons that may or may not help you on the road to your career, you might meet the love of your life in college. Or you might find that the best times of your college life is joining a sports team or being part of a college club. I had a friend who loved her time at college because she was a part of several clubs. Wanting to preserve her memories she actually made her college club t-shirts into a custom tshirt blanket!

Being prepared will definitely make a difference as you head back to college. I’ve spoken about Get Buttoned Up before because it’s one of my favorite sites for information about getting organized and has all sorts of tips. They’ve asked me to contribute a list for their readers of the top things every college kid needs to buy before heading back to campus. Check it out and let me know what you think!

If you can think of anything that isn’t on the list that should be — just drop me a note. I’m hoping this lists helps just one college kid live an easier semester. Good luck!

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  1. Laura DeAngelis
    Laura DeAngelis says:

    I wish I had this list when I headed off to Northwestern so many years ago! A great list and the fact that you can print it and go is even better. (Also enjoyed seeing some of your college pics!) Thanks for yet another insightful list!


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