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Six nonintuitive dormitory necessities

Piper Lehr

Staff writer

During the first couple of weeks of school, it is common for students to realize that either they forgot to bring something to campus, or that certain items they initially disregarded are more useful than they predicted. This can be a trial and error exercise for some, but in order to help incoming students save some time, below is a list of nonintuitive items to consider.

1. Handheld vacuum.

Communal vacuums are full-length. These can be cumbersome, and are inefficient in clearing hard-to-reach corners. Additionally, during move-in, move-out and near holidays, one might have to wait for others to finish using the communal vacuum. Though they can be somewhat pricey, a handheld vacuum is something that can be handy even after one moves out of the dormitories.

2. Silverware, plates, bowls, cups, etc.

It is easy to think that one’s room is only for eating snacks, not full meals, but this is often not the case. Whether it’s because Goudy is too disagreeable, or because one is too swamped with work to have a sit-down meal, it is common for students to eat ready-made meals in the comfort of their own room. This is especially true for this year, since the dining halls are taking precautionary measures to limit the amount of people allowed in at once. To make this endeavor more cost-effective, paper silverware can be found in bulk at most grocery stores. Paper silverware is also beneficial because one doesn’t have to wash them afterwards.

3. A small desk fan.

While most months of the school year are cool, a small desk fan is nice to have when it is needed. Hot days can be common during the beginning and ending months of the school year. Additionally, if water spills on loose papers, a fan can help dry them faster.

4. A small pair of headphones.

Listening to content around campus can be more enjoyable with earbuds. This is because it can get annoying to lug bulky over-the-ear headphones to and from destinations. Earbuds typically fit into pockets better, and are easier to hear out of when talking to Goudy or Bistro servers.

5. A pair of sweatpants.

A pair of sweatpants that look presentable but that are still comfortable are a very practical article of clothing for campus life. They can double as both a lazy day outfit for lounging around the dorms, as well as a pair of pajamas.

6. Bed risers.

Bed risers can drastically increase the amount of space in a room. Though if one is short or lazy, consider buying small or medium-sized risers, as it can become a chore to climb up and down the bed if it has risers that are too tall.

Good luck this semester, Bearcats!

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