Welcome to College Prep, the blog post series where I help you prepare for your first year of college. Today, we’re tackling which clothes to pack for college!
Before I came to college, I spent hours scouring the internet to find out what I needed to pack. One of the areas I especially wanted to ‘get right’ was my closet. College was a chance to start over, and I wanted to make a good impression by looking cute and put-together — but I had no idea what to bring, or how much. How many pairs of underwear or socks should I pack? (Two weeks’ worth.) Did I need a rain jacket? (Yes.) Should I invest in a whole new wardrobe? (NO!)
To help you avoid the questions and anxiety I had over which clothes to pack for college, I put together this quick guide, with some helpful rules of thumb, FAQ’s, and a free packing list printable.
It was a cold, sunny day in January, about a week after Ken’s diagnosis. I was sitting in my pastor’s office, in the little house adjacent to my church that the ministry team used as their headquarters. Snow was piled up outside the doors and windows, and slowly dripping from my furry winter boots onto the old carpet. I normally loved the snow, and delighted in the way it glittered in the sunlight on bright winter days. But not today.
I came to Wellesley College in the fall of 2012, as a member of the Class of 2016. The campus was decked out in red, our class color, and every building from the student center to my first-year dorm had signs welcoming the brand-new members of our class.
2016 seemed so far away that I could barely comprehend it. I remember sitting in my dorm’s living room, looking at the seniors welcoming us to our hall. I wondered who I would be as a senior, and what I would have accomplished and learned in this place. And in some hazy way, I imagined my graduation, and the kind of woman I would be when I crossed that stage. It seemed impossible.
Me on my first day at Wellesley
And then, just like that, I was sitting in the Academic Quad, wearing my black robe and trying to keep my graduation tassel from getting caught in my eyelashes. It’s true, what they say; the days are long but the years are short. My day-to-day life at Wellesley went by at a normal and sometimes agonizingly slow pace. But at the end of four years, it all felt like the blink of an eye.
In my four years at college, I’ve learned a lot. Not just in classrooms and from textbooks, but also from the experience of living independently, being in a college community, and getting ready for life after my degree. In everything from little, everyday moments like studying with my friends in the library, to the big, memorable occasions like celebrations and graduations, I’ve grown and changed. Today I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you in my four years at university. Here are my 88 college tips for making the most out of your college years!
I’m Sara, and I’m a senior at a college I didn’t want to go to.
May 1st is College Decision Day, where high school seniors select the college they want to attend in the fall. Four years ago, I had a hard time submitting my own decision, because the college I had to choose wasn’t the one I wanted to go to. Many people every year are in the same boat, for financial, academic, or personal reasons. Today, I’m sharing my story with you; to show you that even if you don’t get to go to your “dream college,” you can still have a great and fulfilling college experience. Here’s my story.