Five Things I Wish I’d Known (I’d Need in College)
No matter what college-like institution you end up at, there are certain items you really shouldn't underestimate. I've compiled a list of things that come to mind, times when I thought to myself, "Golly, I really need right now." 1. FEBREEZE Whether you are of the male or female persuasion, Febreeze is a must-have. Really. Laundry takes a lot of time to do, it's expensive, and frankly, it's just not worth hauling all of my clothes down three floors, only to have my hopes crushed when all five of the washers are taken. So if it smells okay, and it's not too wrinkly, just Febreeze that bad boy and you're good to go. Now, I have to say this: use discretion when you Febreeze. There are some scents that just can't be masked. 'Nuff said. 2. Sunglasses I started out the year with a pair, and somehow they've disappeared now (i.e., silly, absent-minded me left them in Boulder. Poo.). Let me tell you--the sun is bright. Especially on Saturday and Sunday morning. So just be smart and protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays. Or, if you're not up for sporting the sunglasses look, wear a hat. But sunglasses are cooler. You know who wears sunglasses? Neo. And Morphius. And Ferris Bueller. Just sayin'. 3. Dining Ware Several months from now, when you are with your parental unit doing college shopping, you may think, "What do I need these plates and bowls and forks for? I'll just use the ones in the marketplace and cooler. Huzzah." However, when you live at the top of a VERY steep hill, the marketplace and cooler just seem so...far. Plus, RAs often serve food and such at hall spread, the only requirements being attendance and your own dining ware. But avast! three sentences ago you decided you didn't need them when you were doing your college shopping. Sad day. Don't let this be you; bring your own forks and cups and bowls (and perhaps some snacks to go with them, eh?). -->fun fact: did you know you can change your Facebook language to Pirate? I do that from time to time when normal English bores me. 4.Sheet Paper and Stapler I don't know about you, but I don't like to rip things out of notebooks. When I came to Oxy, I figured the majority of my assignments would be typed, so I didn't get much loose leaf. I just got me some notebooks and the like. MISTAKE. I had to rip things out often, and it was troublesome. Learn from my mistake; buy loose leaf. Furthermore, staplers. I actually brought this one with me, but I suggest getting a portable one. Professors hate it when you turn things in unstapled. Who can blame them? The papers get lost and fly everywhere and it's a disaster. 5.A Raincoat/Umbrella and Warm Jacket Contrary to the rumors, it isn't always sunny in California. Surprise! Right now, actually, it's pretty frigid outside. Even if you fancy yourself as thick blooded, just bring a coat, man, if for no other reason than the library. It's FREEZING in there. Don't know why. I spent the night there during the 115 degree day this fall, and you know what? I was shivering. It was LA's hottest day EVER and I was SHIVERING. I'm not complaining. It was a nice little oasis of cold in the heat. But I digress. BRING WARM CLOTHES. On that train of thought, you should bring an umbrella. As previously stated, LA is not like Philadelphia, and it rains. Rarely. But it happens. You don't want to ruin that carefully cultivated 'do! Bring an umbrella. I'm sure there are many more things that I've left off that you really should bring, but I can't think of them at the moment. Bring band aids, Neosporin. That's a no-brainer. Plenty of socks. You know, the uge. (pronounced "yuu-zzjh", as in usual, minus the "-ual" at the end).
You don't mess with people wearing sunglasses.