Ultimate College Packing List


Students will be starting college in just a few weeks from now. It’s a good time to get started on college shopping for your dorm or apartment. This list contains everything you will need to bring. Some things may not apply to certain colleges and universities.

Bedding

  • Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Mattress Cover
  • Egg Crate Mattress Pad
  • Extra Long/Twin Sheets
  • Extra Long/Twin Comforter
  • Under the Bed Storage Containers

Toiletries/Bathroom Supplies

  •  Comb/Brush
  • Hairdryer/Straightener/Curling Iron
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face Wash
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Hair Gels/Mousse
  • Barrettes/Hair Tyes
  • Nail Clippers/Nail File/ Manicure Set
  • Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
  • Shower Tote/Caddy
  • Body Wash
  • Medicine/First Aid
  • Lotions
  • Towels
  • Toilet Paper/Tissues
  • Shower Flip Flops
  • Tweezers
  • Mouthwash
  • Chap Stick
  • Mirror
  • Bath Robe
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Dental Floss/Brush Ups
  • Make-Up/Cosmetics
  • Shower Curtain

Computer Related

  •  Cables
  • Computer
  • Headphones
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Printer
  • Printer Ink
  • Printer Paper
  • Surge Protector
  • Digital Camera/Memory Card/Camera Accessories
  • USB Flash Drive
  • External Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Office

Desk Area

  •  Calendar
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Stationary
  • Glue
  • Paper Clips
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Stapler
  • Stapler Remover
  • Ruler
  • Rubber Bands
  • Three-Hole Punch
  • Waste Basket
  • White-Out
  • Blank CDs/DVDs
  • Extension Cords
  • Bulletin Board
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Assignment Book/Planner
  • Binders
  • Tape
  • Post-Its

Room

  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player/Stereo
  • Television
  • DVD Collection
  • Video Game Console
  • Posters/Pictures
  • Laundry Basket
  • Storage Bins
  • Decorations
  • Over the Door Hooks/Adhesive Hooks
  • Area Rugs
  • Floor Lamp
  • Beanbag/Chairs

 Kitchen Supplies

  •  Can/Bottle Opener
  • Chip Clips
  • Cups
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dish Detergent
  • Oven Mitts
  • Dish Towels
  • Silverware
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Mugs
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Plastic Food Containers
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Water Filter
  • Plates
  • Pots/Pans
  • Cooking Sheets
  • Spatulas/Cooking Utensils
  • Measuring Cups (Liquid and Dry)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Saran Wrap
  • Trash Can

 School Supplies

  •  Backpack/Messenger Bag
  • Calculator
  • Dictionary
  • Notebooks
  • Folders

 Laundry Supplies

  •  Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Laundry Bag
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Lint Roller

 Cleaning Supplies

  •  Window Cleaner
  • Rags/Scrubbers
  • Dust Wipes
  • Bleach/All Purpose Cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Air Fresheners
  • Toilet Bowel Cleaners

 Miscellaneous

  •  Bank Info/Checks
  • Debit/Credit Cards
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Photo I.D.
  • Social Security Card
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Light Bulbs
  • Fan
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Duct Tape
  • Tool Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Rain Boots
  • Febreeze
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Year of College is Quickly Approaching


I can’t believe its almost here…my senior year of college (plus a summer semester, but hey I’m still a senior). So far it seems like it’s going to be a very busy year or at least a busy fall semester. If everything goes right I will have an internship, an undergrad apprenticeship and be an honors program mentor. I’m really looking forward to school and all the opportunities that lay ahead of me. Below is a brief description of everything I have going on for this school year.

  • Honors Program Mentor – I applied to be a mentor at the end of spring 2012 semester and was accepted for this position. Every year the Honors Program accepts incoming freshmen students into the program and invites them to move into Point Park a week early to do activities and events with the programs mentors that consist of upper class man. Each Mentor gets a group of mentee’s that they will meet with during the school year. After moving in early, the freshmen and mentors attend an orientation dinner where they will finally meet each other. The next few days are full of activities and events that help the students get familiar with the school, the Honors Program, the city and give them an opportunity to meet people and make friends. So far I have been able to get a hold of a few of my mentee’s via Facebook and have talked to them a little. I’m really excited to meet them all and help them with whatever they need.
  • Internship – Last school I worked with a non-profit group called Lending Hearts that works with children who have cancer. Lending Hearts hosts events and activities to provide cancer patients with recreational activities while being around peers who are going through the same thing. I developed a fundraiser for this group with the Honors Program for Valentine’s Day where we were able to raise $107 for Lending Hearts. Since then the president of Lending Hearts has become interested in working more with Point Park and plans on offering an internship for broadcasting, journalism and public relations students. I was notified right away about the internship and if all the paperwork goes through I should have landed the internship. I would be creating PSA’s about the program. I really hope that everything works out so I can get the spot. I have never had an internship before and it would greatly help me out.
  • Apprenticeship – The School of Communications offers apprenticeships to students. I’m hoping to get accepted as a U-View apprentice so I could work with the TV station doing all sorts of video production work. The apprenticeship requires a minimum of 10 hours per week and you get paid $2000 for the year which can either go towards your tuition or be split up into paychecks. All I have to do is turn in my cover letter, resume, and a DVD with some of my work and wait to hear back from the school.

On top of those three things, I have to keep my GPA up, remain on deans list and I have to keep my job at Dunkin Donuts because I can’t afford not to work. I also have to apply to Point Park for my masters degree and work on getting a graduate apprenticeship. My hands are defiantly going to be full if I acquire the internship and apprenticeship, but I’m up for the challenge.

I’ve arrived!


It’s the night before my orientation and I’m wide-awake with anticipation! (Ha! That kind of rhymes.)

Philly has greeted me with some woes right when I first arrived. Before this move I have only been in the city a mere three times. One can imagine how nerve racking moving into a place you know nothing about. I would love to say that there were no worries in my mind and I was completely at ease but that would be a fib. I was nervous about moving into a new place and sharing it with two complete strangers. Besides living with my brother for the first year of my college experience I have never lived with roommates. This is where the majority of my nervousness comes from. Because I found this place on my own there is no match making when it comes to roommates. I am moving in with girls who are already living in the apartment. Although all are Temple students I know nothing else about them. As of now I have the apartment to myself and soon the other girls will move back in from their homes. I wish I knew more about my future roomies but I have no way of contacting them.
Upon moving into the apartment I found the living space to be an utter mess! I am not the cleanest person out there but this place was certainly unacceptable and hardly “move-in ready”. Trash was in the middle of the living room with flies all around. The stench was all throughout the place. When I opened the refrigerator I immediately regretted it! The landlord handed off the keys to me and jetted away without acknowledging the mess. I am ever grateful that my parents were with me, because if not I would have had to clean the entire apartment myself. My father called the landlord as soon as he entered the apartment. In a nice but definitely stern way he described the mess and his disappointment. Thanks to my parents the place was cleaned and no feathers were ruffled.
Lesson learned here is to 1. Make sure you check out the place you are moving into with great care. Inspect everything. 2. Never be afraid to insist on things that are in your right to insist upon. If you do not stand up and be clear then you will be easily taken advantage of. 3. Be thankful for your parents and the examples they are for your life!!
I have much to prepare before the morning comes. I will update after the orientation. Take care everyone!
-Ash

P.S. Miss you Rach!!

Fall is Just Around the Corner


I’m starting to get really excited to head to school. Especially since it’s a whole new school that I don’t know much about. Plus this year I get the “real” college experience. I can’t wait to get myself involved and meet new people and start my college life over. After doing some thinking about what I want out of this semester I came up with a list of Fall semester goals. Here they are…

  • Make deans  list– dean’s list is any students with a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher. I never made dean’s list at AiP, even though several times I got extremely close. Now that I have better study habits I hope that I can stay focused on my academics and get better grades.
  • Apply for honors classes– Point Park offers honors courses to students who maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. and the honors programs has lots of benefits. For example, honors courses, community service opportunities, early move in, early class registration, leadership and mentoring opportunities and so much more. As of right now by G.P.A. is zero because I start over at Point Park and when I left AiP I had a 2.8. So in order for me to apply I need to get at least a 3.0 at the end of the semester.
  • Join at least one school club– student organizations give students a step up and beyond. They look great on a resume and can build life or work skills. It’s also a good way to meet new people and get yourself out there. Point Park has a student broadcasting club so I might look further into that.
  • Hit the gym– Point Park what was previously the YMCA and now offers that building to students for no price. They offer classes such as yoga, zumba, pilates, and free personal training. I need to get my butt in shape so I can tone up and keep myself healthy.
  • Meet new people– of course when you go to college you meet new people but when I say meet I mean talk to them and get to know them a little and make new friends. I don’t expect to find a new best friend out there instantly (though crazier things have happened) but I do want to learn to talk to people more and make connections.
  • Get our of my suite and live life- when I went to AiP I spent a lot of time in my room just sitting around and I don’t want to do that again. That’s the main reason why I started this blog but I want to enjoy life! I need to get more involved with events and activities that the school offers. I need to go out with people and have fun. I need to experience new places and ideas.
  • Read two books– I used to read a lot when I was younger but have stopped since then. I have a ton of books I started and never finished. By the end of this semester I want to read two books, one fictional just for fun book and one learning and educational. I haven’t decided which books I’m going to choose yet but when I do I’ll let you know and keep you posted!

Well this seems to be a good list to get things started. I’ll refer back to this at the end of the semester and let everyone know how I did. In the meantime, leave a comment with your Fall semesters goals, I’m curious.

-Rachel

12 days


Today was my last day of work for the summer. I plan on spending the next two weeks packing, cleaning, and spending time with my friends and family. Ashley left for Philly two days ago and I’m already bored with out her. Before she left I gave her and her brother Geoff some farewell gifts. I gave her and Geoff some groceries to divide amongst themselves, along with reusable grocery bags. I bought Ash the newest issue of Cosmopolitan, bath towels, hand sanitizer, bowls, plates, chap stick and shaving cream. We spent her last night by going out to eat at a local Italian restaurant and having a camp fire. I’ve posted some photos below.

You can check out more photos from our night on our flickr page here.

Onto some college news; last week I received a letter saying who my roommates would be! I found them all on facebook but have only talked to roomie 1* maybe five time and roomie 2* just messaged me yesterday. The other roommate accepted me but I havent received any messages from her yet. So far the two girls I have talked to seem nice. Roomie 1 seems very energetic and outgoing. Roomie 2 seems very chill so far. I’m curious to see what my rooming situation will be like this year because I didn’t have some great experiences from the past when I went to AiP. I don’t expect to be best friends with my roommates of course but I hope that we can all get along so we can live comfortably.

I’m really excited for school to start. I just want to get there and do my thing and get right into working and all the fun college stuff. I’m very impatient so I’m getting antsy.

Well that’s all the news for today! Till the next post…

-Rachel

(* Real names not used for privacy)

Two More Weeks of Sunshine


Well yesterday hit the two week mark that is left of my summer vacation (and only two more days of work…YAY). I’m sad to see it go but happy to finally be getting back to school. Unfortunately, Ashley is leaving tomorrow to go to Philadelphia to move into her apartment. It sucks. I’ll have no one to hang out with for the next two weeks because everyone is leaving. However, there is a slight chance that she might come home for a few days before I head out to the Burgh, which would make me extremely happy.

I on the other hand, still have some packing to do and need to buy a few more things for my suite (Point Park offers suites to sophomore and junior students, pretty sweet in my opinion). I need to get some organizational items such as a three drawer cart, a shower rack, containers, etc. I have a feeling once I get out to Pittsburgh and move in I’ll be running to Lowe’s or Target for something else. My bedroom only has a self standing closet which are pretty small from I’ve seen so I might have to get something else to put my mountain of clothes and shoes in.

Alas, the summer still holds some fun for me yet! Next Wednesday the boyfriend is taking me to Boalsburg to this beautiful 19th century historic bed and breakfast. Were spending one night there and going out to dinner and maybe a movie while checking out the town and heading to the Pennsylvania Military Museum. I’m quite excited to go on this little adventure and spend some much needed time together. This is our early two year anniversary gift to each other since we won’t be able to spend time together in September. I will defiantly be sharing lots of photos from our mini vacation on here!

Next weekend I’ll be heading to Vermont to take my little brother to his first year of college. I’ve never been to Vermont and really excited to see the state but I am not excited to drop my brother off and not see him again till Christmas.

After that I’m sure they’ll be a few last of the summer campfires and get togethers with the friends that are still left in my hometown. No matter what I’m going to try to make the best of the last two weeks here and spend time with my family and friends.

Till next time,

Rachel

P.S. Good luck Ash!!