Wednesday, September 25, 2013

10 College and Dorm Necessities

#1. A Laptop - This is essential for any college student! Not only do you use it to take notes and do homework on, but it is your source for research, Netflix, music and just EVERYTHING!!! I cannot tell you how much I am on my laptop (usually typing up homework.)

#2. Lounge Pillow - I love my lounge pillow because if you're tired of sitting at your hard wooden desk, it turns your bed into a comfy chaise. I've even fallen asleep on my lounge pillow a couple of times. Its super comfortable and if you are spending most of your time in your dorm doing homework and studying, why not make it comfortable?

#3. Hot Pot - My aunt bought me the Sunburst Hot Pot at Target and it is a heaven sent! This thing boils water in no time at all. But wait, there's more! Not only does it boil water like your typical electric kettle, but it can be used to heat up soups, ramen, Chef Boyarde, you name it. It is so incredibly useful if you want tea or the cafeteria is closed and you get hungry or just don't want cafeteria food.

#4. Personality/Touch of Home - Whether its memorable pictures, string lights or a stuffed animal that you have had forever, make sure to bring something that reminds you of home and makes you feel comforted when you look at it. Homesickness is the most common affliction that ingoing freshman face. Not only are you adjusting to college life, but you have to do it while living away from home for the first time. So when you are feeling homesick just cuddle up with that stuffed animal or look at your familiar thing and remember that your family is just a phone call away!

#5. Command Hooks - These little buggers are probably the most clever invention ever! They come in all different sizes to hang everything from your keys to your backpack and everything in between!

#6. Planner/Schedule - I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay organized in college. Whether you are using the calendar on your phone or laptop or going old school and writing everything down in a planner, you need to manage your time so that you can balance studying/homework with fun and personal time. Remember, work hard to play hard.

#7. Shower Caddy - Shower caddies are extremely useful because you can keep all your shower stuff in one place. If you have a suit and share a shower with just three other people like I do, I got a shower caddy that hangs on the shower head, this particular one was fairly cheap at Target (about $12.) The alternative, if you have to use public showers (ugh! Shudder!) you can grab a simple caddy that you can put your stuff in and carry to and from the showers. These are usually just small crates with holes to drain water and a handle to carry, there are even caddies that can hang on hand rails.

#8. EmergenC - If you are like me than getting sick is not an option! I hate being sick and when you are in college paying money for every class missing just one class is you loosing money. Seriously! Take five minutes and figure out how much each class costs. You won't want t o be sick either. EmergenC along with daily vitamins will help boost your immunity. EmergenC is basically concentrated vitamins that you just mix with water and drink. Don't worry there are a lot of flavors to pick from!

#9. Fan/Heater - No matter where you go to college you are either going to have to face it being hot or cold. I attend college in Irvine and it gets HOT!!! (The dorms don't have AC) Lately it has been averaging about 85-95 degrees. So a fan was definitely a necessity! I just went to Target and picked up a typical standing fan for about $20 and it makes a world of difference. However, if you are at a college where it snows and you are freezing your butt off, then pick up a heater. There are a lot of different types of heaters and fans so you can pick your poison and make it fit your needs.

#10. Organization Supplies - This is a very broad choice, but no matter whether you go to the Container Store or Bed, Bath and Beyond, be sure to peruse the organization isle because you will need it! There are closet organizers, drawers for your supplies or for under the sink or on your desk. When in a dorm space is limited so you want to be sure o make as much out of the space you have as possible.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tips That Everyone Should Take 5 Minutes to Read

I saw this on my friend Ashley's Tumblr and felt that I should post this on here as well. Please take just a few moments to read through this:

PLEASE Share this!!!

WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation… This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you… Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women
are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,
it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on
This post should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America ‘s Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know.
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need
to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it
and it’s better to be safe than sorry..
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or
a loved one’s life.
I’m putting this to all my followers not just female…