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5 Things I Wish I Knew I Needed for College


YouTube videos that trend towards the end of all summers are titled “What I bought for college” and “freshman dorm haul.” While these videos provided me with many tips and ideas of items that I would need for my freshman dorm, they failed to mention five items that I wish I knew I needed before coming to college

 A Water Filter Pitcher  

Living in a dorm with no water fountain nearby leads to taking a risk of drinking horrible tap water. To save yourself from this awful taste, I highly recommend purchasing a water filter pitcher that you can easily fit in your dorm fridge. I have the Brita I have the Brita Grand 10 Cup pitcher which sells for $34.99 online.  

You can purchase one here https://www.target.com/p/brita-grand-10-cup-water-pitcher-white/-/A-10027805 

A Bath Robe

All girls understand the “towel shimmy” that seems to happen when running back from your shower to your dorm room. Save yourself the stress and frustration of holding a thin towel up and invest in a high-quality bath robe. I own a fluffy robe from Pottery Barn Teen that I absolutely love. You can even add a monogram to show your style!

Purchase one for $49 here https://www.pbteen.com/products/cozy-recycled-sherpa-robe/ 


Going to school on the east coast means very cold winters and floors! Save yourself from cold feet and invest in a warm pair of slippers to wear while lounging around your dorm! I love LL Beans classic moccasin slippers plus they have an amazing warranty policy!

Purchase them here for $79 https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/18664?page=womens-wicked-good-moccasins&categoryId=18664 

  Fairy Lights WITH A remote  

This is one product that I wish I knew about. The lights trend in dorms looks absolutely gorgeous but it can get frustrating when it’s time for bed standing up to unplug your lights. To solve this, I recommend purchasing fairy lights that have a remote! I invested in a set off of Amazon and absolutely love them. The lights even have multiple flash settings depending on what vibe you are trying to create!

Purchase them here on Amazon for $14.99: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P4CY2W6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_588JYNS3EQRS73RZXVWC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1  

A Backrest pillow  

In college your bed isn’t just where you sleep; it multifunctions as an office, and hangout space, etc. Studying on your bed for hours can strain your back which is something no one enjoys after a long day of class. Because of this, I recommend investing in a quality backrest pillow like this one from Ugg for $59.99 https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/ugg-dawson-tipped-faux-fur-backrest-pillow/5457861! This seems pricey but trust me you can get it on sale during college dorm shopping season!  

Barbara Zsembik

Scranton '24

I am an enthusiastic and determined marketing student at The University of Scranton who loves everything fashion, health, and beauty!
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