Confession: I found packing for college more difficult than actually applying to college. Although I say this facetiously, I found assembling all the things I would need for my dorm incredibly stressful. Between shoving my entire closet in a suitcase — yes, even my East Coast winter clothing (why I thought I needed my puffy jacket is beyond me) — and going on frantic Bed Bath & Beyond runs with my mom, I became incredibly overwhelmed. All those sleepless nights trolling websites upon websites, scouring for the perfect packing lists, now seems pathetic and laughable. Once I arrived at CMC, I found that these items are among the most useless that I brought.
1: Sewing Kit
I do not know how to sew and honestly never want to learn. Yet, my mother guilted me into bringing one. Yes, it would have been useful for Toga instead of trying to staple a bed sheet together, but, unfortunately, NO ONE HAS TIME FOR SEWING. I’m no Betsy Ross, and, don’t lie to yourself, neither are you. Future freshman, just forgo the kit. You’ll thank me later.
2: Laptop Lock
This is another item my parents begged me to bring. However, I can’t figure out how to use it. I can’t unlock it, and the instructions are in German. Also, I am extremely lazy and anything that requires more than two seconds of attention is lost on me. Side note: If you want a free laptop lock, hit me up.
3: Assortment of Bro Tanks
Now, this may seem somewhat controversial since the unofficial uniform of CMC is indeed the bro tank. Yet tanks here are given away like candy at Halloween. You basically get a tank just for breathing. I soon found my dresser overflowing with colorful tanks that I accumulated here. Between the “Puck Fomona,” dorm, and general orientation tanks, you’re set for four years. Incoming freshmen, leave your high school garb at home and save some closet space!
The first time I tried to iron my Ath dress, I nearly set Green on fire (my bad). This is another valuable domestic skill that I am incapable of doing. Instead, I just use my steamer — it does the same exact thing as an iron, but requires less time and effort! Although I almost get second degree burns from both irons and steamers, the steamer is the more practical item to bring along.
5: Plethora of Office Supplies
The whole stock of an Office Depot is probably in my dorm room right now. Ranging from a staple remover to a set of 64 crayons (am I in elementary school?), I thought I needed much more than I did. Do you want three different kinds of Post-its, in every and all colors? I got ‘em. I have used nearly nothing that I bought, and I’m now scared that the looming tower of unused Sharpies on my desk could topple at any moment.
6: Decorative Pillows
Another confession: I bought my college bedding in May –I’m that neurotic. So, naturally, I had to pick out the perfect throw pillows to go with my awesome bedding. However, now I find that although the pillows look adorable with my sheets, they’re impractical and take up too much space. They’re not even useful because I bought them so that my bedspread would resemble a West Elm catalog, instead of shooting for comfort.
Sadly, I fell into the overzealous college freshman trap of packing anything and everything available at Target. Yet I vow to rectify my ways and now evaluate the essentials that I need to bring to CMC. Freshmen, be smart and save space and money by not packing any of the items above. Trust me, you’ll be happier once you arrive.