5 Most Underrated and Overrated Things for College


By Nick Beaulieu, Editor-In-Chief

School Supplies
The days of physical notetaking are going extinct. Focus on obtaining a computer and reliable office programs. Avoid overloading up on tons of notebooks, folders and trapper keepers.
Xbox/Play Station
Although nice to have on occasions, a gaming system will either serve as an excuse not to go out and meet new people or it will sit and collect dust as a valued item.
Avoid spending money on the snacks and junk food you’re used to having at home. Eat large meals and avoid the “Freshman 15.”
Having a dorm creature sounds fun, but the upkeep and cost outweigh the enjoyment. Visit an animal shelter with friends to fill the void.
Expensive Backpacks
You should never be lugging around more than three books, invest in a quality case for a laptop or iPad.
Formal Wear
Whether it’s a presentation, a banquet or formal dinner, in college you will need to dress well more than you would imagine. Invest in quality formal attire
From listening to music while working out at HPER to watching a video in the library, you will utilize this handy item.
Connecting your laptop to your TV via HDMI is great to stream movies, power points and documents.
Although printing is available in the library and other spots throughout campus, it’s convienient to have one of your own for late-night, crunch time situations.
It may sound silly, but having plenty of towels is something that can make your day-to- day life much better. Not having to reuse or constantly wash the same towel is something simple that will go a long way.

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