7 More Things College Freshman Should Have in Their Dorm Room

7 moreAfter the success of my post titled “10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have in Their Dorm“, I’ve decided to do a follow up post. Below are 7 more items that college freshmen should bring with them to college.

Bed Sheets

You will need to bring sheets with you because the dorms will not provide them. Make sure that you have 4 sets that you can rotate with.

Hangers

Hangers are a must. Hanging up your clothes eliminates space. It also makes ironing certain items easier.

Shower shoes

Dorm showers are not always the cleanest. Make sure you have showers shoes. Showers can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Laundry Bag

A laundry bag is another great item to bring with you to college. It can serve as a small dirty clothes hamper. You can also carry more clothes in the bag than you could a pillow case.

Air Freshener

Everyone needs air freshener. I don’t know how else to say it, but sometimes people are just nasty. Be ready to have the air freshener around just in case.

Pillows

Dorms don’t provide pillows.  Make sure you bring a couple of them. A good pillow isn’t too expensive.

Toiletries

I actually should have listed this on my first list of items. You need to make sure you have your own toiletries. This includes soap, toothpaste, lotion, etc.

Those are 7 more items that every college freshman should bring with them.

I have a small hypothetical question for you guys and gals. Imagine that your first day of college is only 2 days away. You haven’t finished shopping yet. You need to purchase a laptop, an alarm clock and some pillows. Suppose you have $500 to use to purchase the items.

What would you get?

Don’t forget the total has to be $500 or less.

Let’s use the prices on Amazons back to school section (they have a huge variety of things). I will go first.

I would get the Dell Inspiron laptop, Timex color changing alarm clock and the Dream Supreme plus gel pillow set.

Now it’s your turn!!



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August Ebay Update

ebaySales have been slow in August. I have been working more hours at both jobs so I haven’t had much time to look for things to sell. I have to change that. I know I can make at least a couple hundred dollars each month in side hustle money if I do this right. I have a couple auctions up right now with some nice bids. That should allow me to end the month close to my goal.

I sold this magazine earlier this month for $10. That was fine with me because it was just collecting dust in the closet.

Below are some of the auctions that are live right now:

Starbucks Thermos Cup

Starbucks “You Are Here” Collection Atlanta Mug

Coca Cola Lady Tin

2004 Green Starbucks Snowflake Mug

Philadelphia Phillies Jacket

Starbucks Relief Boston Mug

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My Go Fund Me Experiment Results

jhhA couple months ago I saw that I guy made over $55,000 via a Kickstarter campaign. He initially wanted to raise $100 so that he could make potato salad. I’m pretty sure he started his campaign out as a gag. He probably never thought of making anywhere near $55,000. I figured that if he could raise money I might as well try to raise money to pay off some of my debt.

I decided to create a campaign using Go Fund Me. I decided to try and raise $1700 to help pay off my hells Wells Fargo student loan. The campaign was to be up until August 31st. I ended it early. I will explain why in a minute.  I didn’t know if I was going to get any donations or support. I really wasn’t that serious when I made the campaign. I just wanted to see what would happen.

I actually received an anonymous $50 donation. I was very grateful for that. After Go Fund Me takes their cut out of the money, I will receive $45. That money is immediately going towards Wells Fargo.

The reason I ended my Go Fund Me campaign early is because of THIS. I can’t support a company that allows a fundraising page for a killer to stay active. I will NEVER support this company again. If you need to use a website for fundraising, Kickstarter and Indigogo are great alternatives.

Have you ever used any crowd funding websites? What was your success rate? I would love to hear from you.

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10 Colleges/Universities in the Washington D.C. Area

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This month I chose to profile colleges that are located in the Washington D.C. area.

George Mason University

George Mason is a public university that was established in 1957. Their motto is freedom and learning.

Howard University

Howard University is a private, HBCU that was established in 1867. 5 of the Divine Nine were founded there.

American University

American University was established in 1893. Their colors are American red and blue.

George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university that is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington D.C.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University was established in 1789. Their nickname is the Hoyas. Some famous Hoyas are Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson and Alonzo Mourning.

The University of the District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia is a public university. It is also a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America is a private school that was established in 1887. Their motto is “God is my light”.

Trinity Washington University

Trinity Washington University is a private school. It consists of four schools. They are The College of Arts and Sciences, Trinity School of Education, The School of Professional studies and a school of Nursing and Health Professions.

David A. Clarke School of Law

This public university was established in 1986.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet is a private school specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

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8 More Tips For College Freshmen

shareasimage (10)I’ve written a couple of posts where I give some tips to upcoming college freshmen. You can find one of them HERE. Below are 8 more tips for freshmen. These are a little more honest and “real” than the other tips.

You will grow apart from some of your high school friends

It’s a part of life. You will grow apart from some of your high school friends. People mature and do different things with their lives. It happens to all of us.

You will make new lifelong friends

On a brighter note you will make new lifelong friends. 90% of my friends are people that I met in college. These are some very stand up folks. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.

Always have some condoms with you

For most people college is the first time that they have been away from home for an extended amount of time. Some may look at it like they are young, wild and free and can do whatever they want. Whether you’re that type or not please make sure you have condoms with you. STD’s are very real. So are unplanned pregnancies. You don’t want to mess up yours or someone else’s life by not using protection.

There is a good chance that your long distance relationship won’t last

If you’re a freshman in a long distance relationship (LDR) I’m sorry to tell you that it probably won’t work. At 18 or 19 years old you may think that he or she is the one, but I highly doubt it. You’re still growing mentally and emotionally as a person. What you might have liked in high school you might like in a year or two. Also temptation is very real.

 Don’t cheat on your assignments

Study enough for your classes so that you don’t have to cheat. If you get caught cheating the chance for you to get expelled from college is a lot higher than it was in high school. I would never want to be in a situation where I had to call home and let my mother know that I was expelled for cheating. She would have killed me.

If you go to school in a different city or state, there is no reason to go home every weekend

Part of the college experience is living away from home and growing out of your comfort zone. How can you expect to do that if you go home EVERY weekend? When I was in school I probably went home 3-4 times a semester if that. I enjoyed living on my own. I know at first it can be difficult to be away from your family, but you will get used to it.

Join an organization

Joining an organization gives you things to do. It also allows you to meet new people. I’m pretty sure if you join an organization you wouldn’t want to go home every weekend :) . Check with your university to see what organizations are available for freshmen to join.

Attend your schools sporting events

Every school doesn’t have the best sports teams, but you should go to some of the games anyway. They are usually fun and FREE. During football season you get to see the bands perform at halftime. That alone is one of the reasons you should go. The games also give you something to do when you are not in class.

There you have it. Those were 8 more tips for college freshmen. What other tips do you think are out there? Is there anything on this list that you disagree with? I would love to read your comment below.

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Downtown Atlanta Rally for Mike Brown

Monday evening I participated in the rally for Mike Brown. Atlanta came out in numbers to support Mike Brown and Ferguson, MO. It was a very peaceful protest with a diverse crowd. Below are a few pictures that I took.

#RipMikeBrown

#RipMikeBrown

Anonymous was in the house.

Anonymous was in the house.

It was pouring down rain, but nobody went anywhere.

It was pouring down rain, but nobody went anywhere.

Outside of the CNN Center

Outside of the CNN Center

Speaks volumes

Speaks volumes

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ATL has your back Ferguson

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This Post is……About You

you1I wanted to switch it up a bit on this post. I have readers from all over the world. I want to learn a little bit about y’all.

1. How has 2014 been for you?

2. What is your favorite vacation destination?

3. What is your favorite sport?

4. Choose one: Greyhound or Flying

5.  What is a goal that you want to have completed this year?

I will start first.

1. 2014 has been a year of growth.

2. Miami Beach

3. Basketball

4. Flying. I love airports.

5. I want to pay off another one of my debts.

Ok, now it’s your turn people.

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