4 Overlooked Items Every Freshman Should Consider

In the rush to pack everything and visions of college in your head, you would be surprised how easy it is to overlook fairly useful yet underappreciated items for your dorm.

While furniture, notebooks, pens, and computers are necessities that will enable you to succeed, there are a few other tools that will help you along your journey toward academic achievement.

  • Bust Out the Iron

The clothes iron is an amazing appliance that is relatively simple to use, but it is feared by many students. Yes, it is a burning hot combination of metal and plastic that could potentially ruin the clothes you are trying to make wrinkle free. But the benefits of buying and learning to use it are many.

Caution is always important when using an iron. Removing wrinkles from your clothes can be incredibly helpful when you need to look your best at on campus event, or at a job interview. After you land that first job you’re still going to want to look professional and you can’t do that without an iron. Investing in this device is a lot like investing in your future, which is what college is all about right?

  • Forget Your Troubles with Memory Foam

If you are not familiar with memory foam pad, it’s an incredible feat of human engineering (up there with that stuff they make space ships out of). From my experience, your college is not going to supply you with a comfortable bed. You will most likely get a lumpy or sagging twin. Unless you plan on brining a whole bed with you for your first year (I would advise against this as then you would have to find a place for the pre-supplied bed), then bringing a memory foam pad might be the next best thing.

One of my freshman year roommates brought one and his bed quickly became one of the most popular spots to sit when we had friends come over. These pads can turn the most uncomfortable beds into a comfy piece of heaven.

  • Put Them on the Rack

This next piece, the clothes drying rack, is one of my favorites. Most dorms will have washing and drying units outside of your room and you will have to pay to use them. You can save money with the drying rack by circumventing the need for a drying machine. The costs of using these appliances really add up and it’s annoying trying to gather the quarters needed.

This will make cleaning clothes easier too because you won’t have to fight over a drying machine or wait until late to use the machines. Not to mention, it also saves energy which helps limit our strain on the planet. And they come in various shapes and sizes and fold easily so you can preserve space.

  • Honorable Mention: Alarm Clock

It may be old fashioned and quickly replaced by our phones, but there is some benefit to this bit of history. Alarm clocks are loud and intrusive even in our deepest sleep.

And you never have to worry about them running out of battery, unlike your phone. There’s nothing like waking up refreshed only to realize that your phone died in the night and you missed class. Don’t let this happen to you! Try the alarm clock out, it’s not necessary, but it can be helpful.

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Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals is a senior at DePaul University studying Creative Writing and Psychology. Outside of class, Ryan can be found working in the Pysch Lab or at a local health clinic. When he's not distracted by cat videos, he tries to balance his time between playing guitar, writing prose, and running around the soccer field.