College School Supplies

Long time no see Internet friends! After a week off, life has finally settled down and I’m back to blogging. If you want to hear all about what I’ve been doing the past week, be sure to sign up for my newsletter! Thanks to a Twitter poll, today’s post is all the school supplies you need for college. Well, this is everything I use and swear by!

College School Supplies | What you really need and what you really don't

The idea of shopping for school supplies in college can be a bit stressful, especially if you’re the oldest child and have no idea what to expect. College isn’t like high school where you have a locker to shove all the stuff you don’t need. You, instead, pack everything in your bag for the day – textbooks and all. Buying school supplies in college comes down to saving space and portability.

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College Packing Tips & Tricks

It’s that time! You’ve successfully bought everything you think you need for college and you’re ready to start packing. There’s just one problem: you have no idea where to start. The buying and planning are the fun parts, but the packing just straight up is no fun at all. But, don’t worry! I’m here to show you how I manage to get all of my stuff from my house to my dorm room in one piece with as little headaches as possible! I moved into my dorm just yesterday, and I took lots of pictures along the way and I’ve included them into the post.

College Packing Tips & Tricks for a Successful Move In

First off, the most important this is to not overpack. Yes I know. Trying to get incoming freshman to not overpack is like arguing with a brick wall. It’s just the fact of the matter. But, if you’ve checked out my Ultimate College Packing List, you’ll know exactly what you need to bring and what you can leave at home! None of that extra, unnecessary stuff that a lot of the Pinterest articles cover.

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Ultimate College Packing Guide

I can’t believe we’ve actually made it to back-to-school season! It feels like just yesterday I was prancing around the aisles of Target buying everything I thought I needed for college. I mean all those “Ultimate College Packing List” posts had to know exactly what I needed, right? Wrong. Those lists are created probably with a brand in mind and just want you to spend unnecessary money. Truth is, you don’t need a lot of that stuff!

Here's what you actually need to pack for your college dorm! Ultimate college packing list.

Today I’m breaking down what you actually need for your college dorm! Make sure to grab yourself a copy of my packing list so you can be on your way to moving in to your dorm. All of the items on the list I’m providing you are exactly what I used my freshman year! Make sure to check out my Buy This, Not That: Dorm Edition post to see more college packing tips!

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Buy This, Not That: College Dorm Edition

Welcome to back to school! I know this may be super early for some of you, but I move back to USC in just a short week and a half. It’s the time of year where anxious and excited college freshman are swarming Targets across the nation to stock up on “must-have” dorm supplies. Little do these freshman know that they probably won’t use a good majority of the products they buy at the beginning of the year!

Buy This, Not That College Dorm Edition | livingthegraylife.com

Back to school shopping, especially for a dorm, can be extremely expensive. This post is going to provide you with money-saving, budget-friendly options to a lot of products on those “Ultimate College Packing List” Pinterest posts! From storage to coffee makers, this post has you covered.

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Freshman Year Taught Me…

Freshman year of college has come to a close, and I have learned so much! As I was writing this list, it seems like a lot of these things are negative, but they’re really not! They’re super important life lessons, and as we all know, life lessons are all rainbows and butterflies. Freshman year was difficult for me because I’m not one to engage in the typical college culture (aka Greek life and drinking). I mean I’m typically in bed and asleep by 10:30…even on weekends. So, here’s what freshman year taught me!

life lessons I learned during freshman year at college

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Summer Fun Here I Come

Oh wow. I tried a more creative title for today’s post, and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. Thoughts? Anyways, finals week is less than a week away, and that means I’m that much closer to moving out of college! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom of college. I don’t, however, like my current living situation.

the perks of moving home for the summer

So, here are some things I’m not going to miss once I move back home.

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