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Don't Leave Home Without It

Don't Leave Home Without It

OK. So you've got your clothes, sheets and towels, decorations for your room and are hoping like crazy that your roommate is somewhat normal. But it might feel like you're missing something as you head off to college. Let us help you out. Have you thought about bringing any of the following items? Each one can help you start college off on the right foot:

1. Bring a bicycle. While many students bring cars to campus, you may want to consider a more efficient mode of transport. Sure, you've earned the right to drive (and you'll always have a good parking spot on campus) but with gas prices up, cycling will get you to and from class without spending a penny. Additionally, you'll be off the hook when friends beg a ride somewhere—after all, you've got more important things to do than play chauffer! Try it for a semester, see how it goes.

2. Invest in a Mac. A laptop computer is a very important accessory for today's college student. If you've got a PC, it's great, but a Mac is often easier to use, has less virus issues and best of all, comes with a free iPod if you buy one now (those wiley Apple people think of everything!) Either way, a laptop will help you take notes in class and stay on top of your work. Just make sure you don't spend all your classtime on Facebook, and keep your computer locked up in your room when not in use to prevent theft.

3. Photos and Stationery. While this last one isn't exactly a must-have, it can help a lot. Keep a few photos of friends and family on your desk or dresser to remind you of everyone who got you here and is wishing you great success in college! The stationery? That's the paper you use when you want to write a letter. We know it seems like an old-fashioned idea, but we recall receiving letters via snail mail at college that made our bad days a little brighter. So send Mom and Dad or your high school BFF a handwritten note. It'll improve your relationship and best of all, you'll probably get one in return.

What are you taking to college? Are any of these items must-haves for you?

Posted: 8/12/08
Kiki76

It might seem like a waste of time to today's students, but my first year of college (14 years ago!) I kept up a correspondence with my father via handwritten letters. This was before email, so our only other communication was by phone (on a landline—we didn't all have cell phones yet). I have every single letter he ever sent me and I cherish each one. Emails are great, but knowing someone took the time to sit and write you will feel even better.

  • By Kiki76
  • on 8/13/08 1:02 PM EST