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Even the Small Stuff Counts

Emily Okey on Thursday, 30 July 2009. Posted in Student Life

When you're going about your college shopping and packing for school there are, of course, lists of items to bring as seen at many generic stores (ie. Target, Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc). However, there are some things that may not even cross your mind until you've already waved goodbye to your parents so i'm going to see if I can help out a bit to make your list of forgotten things a tad smaller. 

Forgotten Items
  • Scissors-- You just never know when you're going to need to open something. 
  • Dish Soap/Sponge--- I'm staying in the dorms over the summer and this is something that I regret not bringing. Sure you can use soap from the bathrooms but it's not as effective. 
  • Tissues-- I'd recommend 1 or 2 boxes to start off with, you can always buy more. 
  • Paper Towels-- These are incredibly helpful for absolutely any messy situation and there are no paper towels in the bathrooms so don't expect to just use those. 
  • Shower Shoes-- Old flip flops, really cheap flip flops, flippers it doesn't really matter what they are but you're going to want something to wear in the shower. 
  • Shower Tote-- This is on most people's list, however, I would like to point out that you should check and make sure it has sufficient drainage at the bottom. Mine would tend to load up with water during the shower and I would have to tip all of the contents out at the end to get the water out. 
  • Mug-- Gracie's has tea bags and I became quite the tea drinker late at night while working on homework and it was helpful to have my own mug. On this same topic, I would recommend a travel mug of sorts. Many of the coffee places on campus will give you 10 cents off your purchase for being environmentally friendly. 
  • Tape-- I'm not sure why but people are always asking me for my tape, it just comes in handy I guess. 
  • Business sized envelopes-- about 5. You don't need to go out and buy a million and two of these little buggers but having a few on hand is always helpful. I didn't really send out that much mail but when I did it was nice to have a few sitting around. 
  • Tupperware-- much like the envelopes, you don't need to go out and buy the entire Tupperware section of the store. Just a small variety of sizes, I found it helpful to have some to keep food I didn't finish, etc.
  • Umbrella-- who likes to get wet while walking to class? it comes in handy. Rainboots could fall into this category as well, I loved being able to run through puddles without getting wet. 
That's about all I can think of for now. If i think of anything else I'll add it to one of my next posts. Please note that this is only a list of things people typically forget; you still have to bring all of your clothes, towels, blankets, pillows, school stuff, computer, cords, etc. 

Speaking of all of this... school starts soon! I'm constantly surprised that it's already the end of July, September is creeping up closer than we might think-- and move in week is even sooner. Are you ready?! 

Comments (8)

  • Jocelyn


    31 July 2009 at 10:48 |
    I have a question, do you know if the Ellington Peterson dorm requires the ethernet cable? Also, as an art major did you have to bring your own art supplies (drawing paper, pencils, brushes etc)? Thanks!
  • Emily Okey

    Emily Okey

    31 July 2009 at 11:57 |
    I've heard rumors that the dorms are completely wireless now, so you may not even need an ethernet cable. Although, I would personally recommend bringing one just to have. I find that I get a faster/more reliable connection with it. Plus it's cheap and does not take up much space so it seemed worth it.

    As for the art supplies, you should check out the art kit put together by the department. I think you can still buy them through the bookstore. I got one last year and I used almost everything in it. The nice thing about it is that it's a list complied by the professors so they know exactly what you will need. Of course, it depends on your major but you're definitely going to need all of the basics: drawing paper, tracing paper, rulers, exacto knife, paint brushes, gauche, charcoal, erasers, etc. The art kit is nice because you don't have to think about everything it's all just boxed up for you! Hope this helps!
  • Jocelyn


    05 August 2009 at 18:46 |
    I'm going to be in New Media Design and Imaging. The only issue about the art supplies is that I have alot of basic things at home (drawing paper, pencils, erasers, brushes, paints) and I feel like I would be wasting them if I didn't bring them. I do think it's a good idea to get the kits though because it will have everything I need wheras if I bring my own stuff I might not have everything. Did you run out of some things in the kit and have to buy more?

  • Emily Okey

    Emily Okey

    05 August 2009 at 18:56 |
    I did actually run out of some of the stuff in the kit (mostly the charcoal, pencils and paper) and I just went down to the art store for that throughout the year. If you do have most of the stuff I would recommend just finding the list and then purchasing those things you don't already have separately. I actually just talked to one of my friends who is a new media design major and he says that you will absolutely need the pencils, brushes, guache, color aid, rubber cement, a sketch book, the drawing pads, charcoal and an exacto knife. Go to a local art store or wait until you get up here and go to the Art Store down the road, it will be cheaper for you to get it that way. Your professors will be pretty good about warning you what you need before you actually use it so you'll be able to go out and buy something if you don't already have it. Also, I've heard a lot of people recommend getting a Wacom tablet, they make your life so much easier especially if you're a new media major. Of course, that's all a matter of opinion! Let me know if there is anything else.
  • Jocelyn


    06 August 2009 at 16:22 |
    Okay so I will definitely bring the pencils, brushes and paper that I have. Do you know if (in New Media Design) you work with photography? The major description says you do but I was looking at the model course sequence and there aren't any photo classes. Thanks for all the info it's been really helpful!
  • Jocelyn


    06 August 2009 at 17:29 |
    Also, do you know where I'd be able to get the list of needed supplies?
  • kristine


    22 August 2009 at 09:21 |
    hey emily.
    im a graphic design transfer this fall. and im so confused. where do we look to see what classes still need to take? like online thing that exactly shows you [was one at my community college] tiger tracks doesnt work! :[
  • Emily Okey

    Emily Okey

    22 August 2009 at 14:24 |
    Have you already signed up for classes for the fall? If so, I would recommend going into the design department (on the third floor of the CIAS building) and asking them for a list of all of the classes and they can help you more there.

    If you haven't signed up for the classes yet, I would recommend calling the department ASAP to get that straightened out. Their number is 585-475-2668. They'll be able to point you in the right direction.

    Tiger Tracks unfortunately is not set up for CIAS students, I've heard rumors that it should work in the future but it's not running for now.

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