Saturday, 20 August 2016

31 Things All College/Sixth Form Freshers Need

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I went to college for the first time last September but I am starting again this September. Blah blah blah! You have heard this story all before. You know why etc. Basically, this means that I become a fresher again this September. However, this time, I am armed with my previous experience.

You need a lot when you go to college. A lot more than you ever did at school. The teachers aren't here to look out for you anymore (I mean, they still are but they are not going to be reminding you of all the things you need to bring) if you don't bring a planner or diary- that's your own call!

To stop you making some of the same mistakes as I did, I have made you a comprehensive list of all the essentials you will need at college. I highly recommend you take all 31 of them with you because trust me on this one guys... Your probably gonna need them!

1. Book bag- trust me no matter how big you think your bag is, ya gonna need another bag. 

2. An umbrella- because waiting for the bus in the rain is no fun 

3. A USB stick- because trust me ya gonna need it

4. Another USB stick- while you're at it best get two, just in case 

5. A mini hole punch- for when teachers insist on giving you handouts with no holes. So you are basically asking for me to loose it...

6. A stapler- for the exact same reasons 

7. A4 Polly Wallies- or pocket wallets if you want to be normal. There is no point handing in a piece of homework that looks like it's been chewed to death by your dog 

8. A4 Document holder- these files are super cheap and are great for holding random sheets of paper you don't want to loose.

9. Hand sanitiser- because that canteen, though...

10. Mints- because no one likes stinky breath 

11. Your phone charger- because your phone won't last the whole day, I swear

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12. A laptop- so then you can work anywhere on campus! Whoopee!

13. Money- because the prospect of missing your bus is highly likely 

14. Tissues- because somebody always needs a tissue 

15. An academic diary- just because you think you will look at your phone calendar or at random photos of various homework tasks- you won't and you will forget! Soz it's the truth 

16. Paracetamol- just in case people in college really do start to give you a headache. Trust me it's highly possible.

17. Tampons/ pads- because auntie Flo likes to visit in the middle of the day...always

18. Post in notes- An amazing revision resource. Trust me, they are amazing 

19. Cue cards- because damn you need to get your revision game on early 

20. Notebook- for the random but *maybe* important notes you need to remember about something. Failing that it's a great doodle pad when you are bored in a free.

21. Headphones- for when you need to shut the world out or when you are sat on your own on the bus journey and don't want to look *less* lonely 

22. Spotify or some good playlists- because girl you got work to do!

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23. Wet wipes- Don't ask...just bring them 

24. Lip balm- because chapped lips ain't pretty

25. Hair brush- because trust me the journey from walking to the bus to campus, your hair will get pretty messed up. You want to at least look semi-presentable 

26. A watch- because there are no bells in college and if your phone dies...well your screwed 

27. Your student ID card- because Duh!!!!

28. Fine liners- because ain't nobody got time for boring revision notes.

29. A4 Refill Pads- because if you don't need some paper there will be someone in your class that will. It's always nice to have some spare!

30. The wifi password- because how do you seriously think I get through the day without it.

31. Sticky labels- perfect for sticking on notebooks and binders so you never forget which class you need them for. You can even write the classroom, day you have that subject on and what teacher you have for that subject on there too as a quick point of reference. 

I would love to sit here and tell you that you only need a notebook and a pen but let's be frank you need a lot more. 

If you are starting college or sixth form in September, I hope you found this useful. If you have already been through being a college fresher what have I missed off the list, please let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading, as always X

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  1. I'm also going to my second year at sixth form and I can confirm that I don't go anywhere without most of the things you mentioned! Hand sanitizer, a diary and a watch are must haves for me :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  2. Haha I loved this, Nicole!! If I was off to school college or sixth form, I'd definitely need some of these essentials. I always use to bring gum with me everywhere xx

    Lauren |

    1. haha, thank you! I don't I have ever had chewing gum in my life!!! xx

  3. Love this Nicole!!! You have just reminded me of a few things I need to get before Sixth Form that I had forgotten about xx

  4. I loved this blog post! I'm starting Sixth Form in September and feel like a fish out of water like I did when starting high school, this has definitely settled some of my nerves.

    Chloe Marie

    1. aw that's really good to hear! Wishing you all the best of luck xx

  5. A good spotify playlist is a total must! I feel like I can't even get out of bed at uni unless I have some beyonce blasting in my ears haha! You're totally right with everything on this list.

    Good luck with re-freshing!

    Bethany | Curly and Wordy

  6. This will be great to use as a checklist! I love how interchangeable this is too for all different stages of education - great post ♡ Lily xx

  7. I'm (rather sadly) past college & uni now but I'll always love the excitement and promise that the start of a new academic year holds. Toootally with you on the USB front, I still carry one around in my handbag & it's always useful!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    1. haha, I know! They always come in handy when you least expect it xx

  8. I'm going into second year college and I still forget some of theses things that I really shouldn't ahha going to have to make this year even more organised xx

    Sophie | Sophie's Spot

    1. haha! You could use this as a checklist? So you never forget anything x

  9. I'm going into my second year and I'm still unprepared. This list is super handy.
    Ashleigh xxx

  10. I'm going into 6th form in a couple of weeks so I'll be putting all of this into my bag!

    Tash xx

  11. This was super helpful to read, it also remained me I need to start getting my bag ready for when I go back and now (hopefully) I won't forget anything.

    1. haha! That's a good idea! I always get my bag ready at least a couple of days before xx

  12. So nice choices!

    Mia |

  13. This is so useful Nicole! Some of these should be a no-brainer but we still forget them!

    Jemima x

    1. haha! I know! Some of these are so easy to forget x

  14. great post! I love that diary!! It's so true, i rarely put things in my phone calendar xx

    1. haha thank you! I always remember it more if it's written down x

  15. I read this when you published it and now I am using it as a checklist because this is so helpful for packing my bag!
    Katie xx

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