The Village People: A Funky Representation of College Necessities

Don’t forget to pack a makeshift college edition of the Village People before heading away to a university. Don’t worry, there won’t be any disco music. This version involves less feathers and no disco balls. Instead, make sure there are a few often overlooked items in your boxes when pulling away from home for the fall semester. It’s easy to remember these belongings when you compare them to the Village People.

The Laundry Guy

You don’t need to bring your own washing machine and dryer to college. Dorm rooms aren’t that big. But you can lighten the load you carry to the laundry room with an ingenious invention: dryer balls. No longer do laundry doers need dryer sheets or softener. These reusable items save you money and are eco-friendly. There’s no fret over where to find these gold mines, as they can be found practically anywhere: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, to name a few. Pack away this As Seen on TV item in your laundry basket, and laundry days will be easier. Not to mention that they’re fun to play catch with until a dryer opens up.

The Construction Worker

Bring a toolbox to college. Let me say that again. Bring a toolbox to college. My mother’s favorite gift for a high school graduate is a toolbox, and each person has mentioned how helpful this gift has been. You never know when you’re going to need some tools to decorate your room or to assemble an IKEA bookshelf. Be a Mr. Fix-it and make yourself handy. Luckily, no flannel shirt or tool belt is required. This isn’t Home Improvement. It’s just being prepared for any needed repairs that may come your way.

The Bicyclist

Bicycles are lifelines at large universities. Riding the bus is especially nice in bitter, winter weather, but bikes are helpful any other time. Even in the spring and fall, bicycling is the ideal way to get around campus. Just make sure to wear gloves and a scarf or the morning air will take you by surprise. Riding a bike decreases commuting time between classes. It’s also a workout without even realizing it. This may not be the Tour de France, but it sure feels like it sometimes when you’re in a rush. Just be mindful that walkers aren’t always keen on the bicycle concept. Be courteous, ride safely, and mind the walkers that cross your path.

The Electrician

When you were little and “monsters” were under your bed, a night light was your protection from any beast that may do you harm in the middle of the night. When you’re old enough to go to college, you’re probably too old for a night light, but you’re never too old for a flashlight. This camping “must,” now a college “must,” comes in handy in multiple situations. A flashlight helps you find the remote that fell under your bed. A flashlight guides you to the bathroom during a power outage. A flashlight helps you find your pajamas in the closet when your roommate has gone to bed early. Sure, a cell phone could suffice, but nothing beats the reliability of having a flashlight on hand.

The Bookworm

It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy reading or not. You need some kind of reading material at college. Laptops, Nooks, televisions, movies, and music only go so far. At some point their batteries are going to run out, but a book never does. That’s not to say you have to be a bookworm. But having some kind of reading material on hand is a great idea. This could be a book, magazine, comic book, graphic novel, newspaper, you name it. When you’re out on campus and you’re stuck somewhere for whatever reason, you’ll be glad you had something to do. At some point your technology will fail. At that moment, you’ll be relieved you brought something to read. If you don’t believe me, take cartoonist Gary Larson’s word for it.

Got that? Just pack your makeshift college edition of the Village People before heading away from home, and you’ll be all set to go. It doesn’t get much funkier than that.

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Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a News-Editorial Journalism degree. An avid bookworm, Rebecca reads all texts Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut when she’s not busy writing for The Black Sheep on campus. Back home, she spends a vast amount of time enjoying nature with loved ones.