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Keep Calm and Pack for University

Who's not excited about university honestly? Leaving home for the first time, living on your own for the first time, and getting a chance to start a new life. BUT! BUT! BUT! The idea of walking into the unknown can also be terrifying. One thing that I found myself struggling with would be packing for university. WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU NEED and NOT NEED? I've found several articles online that are listed as "the ultimate university packing list" or "10 things that university students forget to pack". I've read several of them, and now, as a sophomore, I find myself thinking that half of the things on the list are, in fact, unnecessary. If you're living in the dorms, let's face it, it's not exactly a five-star hotel with a lot of free space. While thinking about how to prepare my brother (who is also graduating from high school this year), I've come up with a list of things that I find useful in dorms, so here it is. 

Things to pack for University of Minnesota:

- Clothes (I wouldn't bother bringing too many shorts and t-shirts... or too many fancy outfits, the cold here makes those outfit practically useless and most of the time they just hibernate in the closet) (I'd recommend casual comfy clothes... no one really cares about how you look as long as you're wearing something) 

            P.S. REMEMBER TO BRING SOCK AND UNDERWEARS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TINY, YOU WILL NEED THEM!

- Shoes (Go with the basics. Flipflops for the bathroom, converse or sneakers, winter boots, and maybe a pair of formal shoes just in case you need them) 

- FOOD (Snacks! Bring SNACKS! There are going to be days when it is so cold that you wouldn't want to go out to get food. Of course, there's always the dining hall except on thanksgiving and spring break, but just in case you get hungry at midnight and there are no stores open)

            P.S. Just know how much food you can actually eat... or you just might end up like me...

- Laundry Baskets (just because you'll be carrying your laundry up and down the stairs and to and from your room to the laundry room)

- Towels 

- Extension Cord (Because we all have more than one electronic device that sometimes need to be charged all at the same time...)

- Toothbrush/paste (That is something that you can just buy here too) 

- Shampoo and Shower Gel

- Stationaries (pens, pencils, notebooks... etc. You can get those here at the U, but you know, it just might be cheaper) \

- Bed Sheets, Pillows, Blankets... etc. (Don't bring something too fancy. YOU WILL BE THE ONE WASHING IT. Also make sure the size fits too) 

- Study Lamp (dorm lights are not exactly the brightest...) 

- Hangers (Unless you want to pile your clothes on the floor of your closet...)

As you can see, this is a super simple list since it is all the necessities that you will NEED. But of course, you can always be like me and bring 6 luggages when moving in freshman year, and struggle to move out of my freshman dorm and struggle to move in to my new apartment my second year (HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED). 

Something unrelated to the topic.... IT IS FINALLY SPRING IN MINNESOTA! IT'S THE END OF APRIL AND SPRING HAS JUST ARRIVED!