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I'm going to my first year in college... whats a must have for the dorm room?


Asked by Coxie Megan
i want to know the things that when iI get there i'm going to be saying damn i wish i brought this or it's a great idea i brought this... u get the picture please don't write sexual things cause your won't get 10 points

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"Music is obviously important," says University of Montana recent graduate Colin Lazarro-Smith. "It's also nice to be able to watch movies, so a television or computer is needed," adds Lazarro-Smith, a literature major in the English department. Bed, Bath And Beyond -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lazarro-Smith also recommends a sturdy mattress pad. "Dorm beds are awful," he says. "Some kind of pad is a must — the thicker, the better," he adds. Just remember to buy extra-long twin, the size of most dorm beds. Bed Bath and Beyond stocks a hefty selection of mattress pads, ranging in price from $19.99 for a 100-percent, polyurethane-foam topper to $179.99 for an Isotonic pad. Linens ’n Things and The Company Store also have a good selection of mattress pads in different price ranges. Magnetic Poetry is a priority for Stefanie Simons, a Latin American studies and literary arts major at Brown University. The original Magnetic Poetry kit costs $19.95 and contains 440 refrigerator magnets that feature a word or expression. The kits are sold at specialty stores nationwide and at the Web site of Magnetic Poetry. Magneticpoetry.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- These days, kits are as diverse as college majors. Language kits come in French, Spanish, Italian, German and even sign language. There’s also a Shakespeare kit as well as other “mini-kits,” priced at $9.95, designed for specific interests, such as book lovers and party animals. Creativity is key when it comes to Magnetic Poetry, says Simons, who mix and matches the kits for diversity. She and her hall-mates also put the magnets in the bathroom stalls. “It's a silly distraction but always a good surprise when you sit down,” she says. BYO lamp Some must-haves actually have something to do with studying. In that vein, Simons strongly suggests students should bring their own lamp. “They always have crappy fluorescent lighting in dorms, it breeds unhappiness and squinty-eye-ness,” she says. “Get your own fun, bright floor or desk lamp so that you never have to turn on that depressing and loud-buzzing overhead,” adds Simons. Bed, Bath And Beyond -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Desks or standing lamps abound online, from a brushed-steel desk lamp in the Martha Stewart Everyday collection at Kmart for $19.99 to a Tolomeo desk lamp a la designers Giancarlo Fassina and Michele De Lucchi at high-end shop Design Within Reach. Bed Bath and Beyond also has a good stash of cool, inexpensive lamps. This year’s crop includes a “Prismatic Uplight” desk lamp for $9.99 — available in indigo, orange crunch, purple haze and Kermit — and a flashy, five-light floor lamp for $19.99. Stacks And Stacks -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A five-tier slack hanger at The Container Store costs $5.99. A set of two hangers with non-slip covers sells for $14.99 at Stacks and Stacks. And Organize-Everything.com has four-tier skirt or five-tier pant hangers for $6.99, non-slip varieties for $8.99 and non-slip padded hangers for $9.99. As for dorm-decorating ideas, bring "anything that you can use in multiple ways like a sarongs. They can be worn as skirts, scarves, hung on the wall as tapestries, or draped over desks and chairs for added décor." Sarongs are sold many places on the Web, from one-stop sarong shop sarong.com to discount designer outlet Bluefly.com. Other items on the list include: flip-flops for the shower (sold almost everywhere these days—from the local drugstore to fashionable cyber shop FlipFlopTrunkshow.Com); some combo of microwave, mini-fridge, Brita water filter, George Foreman grill (available from house ware shops or small appliance stores); and Container Store -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a whiteboard for the door (sold at office supply stores, such as Staples, OfficeMax and DiscountOfficeSupplies.com.) Sunisa Nardone, an English major at Brown University, would add to Simons’ list an often neglected but much needed item — quarters for the laundry. Not surprisingly, the Container Store sells a handy plastic device that holds up to 30 quarters for only $2.49. Hope you get everything you need. Have a good school year at college.God Bless.

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