College Tips: Packing List

Getting everything ready of college can be super stressful. My younger sister is getting ready to join me at USC and we are counting down the days with less than a month until she moves into her dorm. So in order to help her (and my mom) out I’ve come up with a list of things that I remember packing or wanting. Now some of these things aren’t necessary, especially depending on your dorm style, so of course it can be edited to fit your personal preferences.

College packing list

Some things to consider when packing:

  • Storage. Storage is necessary in any dorm room but what you need will depend on your personal preferences as well as your dorm room itself. Like over the door storage products are great but only if you have doors to hang them on. And plastic storage drawers and bins are great but only if you will have the space for them. So when you figure out what your dorm is supposed to look like consider what will make the most sense for YOU in YOUR space.  Keep the receipts for anything you buy ahead of time and make sure you will be able to return any items you can’t use.
  • Clothes. Closets in dorms are notoriously small so some editing of your wardrobe might be necessary when packing for school. My first tip when editing is consider the climate of your school. For example Columbia, SC is hot. HOT and HUMID. Most female students wear athletic shorts (Norts= nike shorts) and an oversized t-shirt to class everyday. Why oversized? Because when you are sweating 2 minutes in to your walk to class, you don’t want your shirt sticking to you, its very uncomfortable. Also a good pair of rain boots and a rain jacket is an important addition because we tend to have periods of rain. During my move-in day freshmen year, it was pouring so rain gear came in handy. Tip number two, if you are considering going through recruitment make sure you have outfits for that. My school details what the dress code is for each round, so plan out your outfits in advance and have a few back ups. Also once you are in a sorority, some have a dress code, like mine Pi Beta Phi requires us to wear more business casual/meet the parents/church attire, what we refer to as “Snappy Casual”. My third tip is to have at least one “grown up” outfit, especially if you are a business major, have something you can wear to an interview, conference, or other events that may require business or business casual attire. You need to be prepared to dress to impress at these events because this can impact your career. Last but not least some advice for packing t-shirts. We all have t-shirts we love and often a college t-shirt is a favorite gift during senior year but do some major editing of your collection. I have so many free t-shirts from college so only bring 5-10 of your favorites from home. Here at USC you will want 10 simply because you might change shirts frequently when the one you are wearing is covered in sweat, so 10 is a good number to start you off.
  • Shoes. Bring at least 1 comfortable pair of shoes to walk around campus in, whether you prefer flip flops, Chacos or Tevas, converse or tennis shoes. The first few weeks of a new semester are always the worst because of the blisters from walking all over campus so comfy shoes will be your best friend in managing that. Also bring a pair of shoes that are more professional, so cute flats or a pair of pumps that aren’t crazy high. Boots to wear when its cold or rain boots for walking across campus in the rain should also be on your packing list. I also like to make sure I have a pair of cowboy boots, not only because I love them but it’s a Carolina tradition that girls wear black dresses and cowboy boots to football games (obviously its not necessary but many girls do because its cute).
  • Decor. While decor for your dorm room is not the most important thing to think about when packing, its definitely something to think about. Dorm rooms are usually bare, white, sterile spaces so adding personality can help. Not only because decorating can be fun, but because it makes the dorm feel more like your home. It’s probably your first time living away from home, so surrounding yourself with colors and things that make you happy can help alleviate some homesickness and calm you down. One way to add personality is to bring some of your favorite pictures of family and friends. I personally bought some cheap frames at the dollar store and since they were lightweight I could attach them to the wall with Command Strips poster tape. Also if the glass happened to crack during move in, I was only out a dollar. So bring things that will comfort you in your new home away from home but be budget conscious because once at school you can literally find hundreds of other things to spend money on.

Blogging 101: Introduce Myself

I’ve joined this year’s edition of Blogging 101 with the hope that it will give me ideas to write about and help me become a more consistent blogger. So sorry about posting twice in one day but I’m trying this out and want to stay on top of it.

The first assignment is to introduce myself and why I’m blogging. So here it goes. I’m Haley, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, majoring in exercise science, and a Pi Phi. Most of my previous posts focus on the subject of college and the process involved in applying and later attending. They say to write about what you know and college is a major part of my life right now so I figure its a fitting subject for me to write about. I’ve shared a lot about what I’ve experienced and advice I have for future and current college students.

I’ve also written about some random topics and I apologize in advance for the randomness that might appear in my subjects in the future. I’m not the best at blogging but I’d like to be better because I think its fun and a nice way to put yourself out there in the world.

a very merry christmas

It may be a little late in the day but I wanted to wish anyone and everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope everyone got to spend some quality time with their loved ones and that there was minimal stress involved.

CSC_0072Now I hope everyone gets to enjoy that last piece of pie and watch one more cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie before the day is over and we start prepping for the New Year.

Puppy Love

A little over a week ago my family visited an animal shelter to look for a new dog. About 6 years ago we went to the same shelter to get our current dog Jasper who is a shepherd/ lab mix that we love.


After about a 3 year campaign of “Jasper needs a friend”, I finally convinced my family to adopt another dog. So we went to the animal shelter because we are firm believers in rescuing animals and giving them the loving homes they previously were without. My sister and I were obviously very excited to find a dog to bring home and play with but I had forgotten how much animal shelters depress me.
Walking around and looking at the hundred or more dogs made me want to cry, as well as buy a farm where I could give like 10 dogs a loving home. As you walk around, some of the dogs bark and beg for your attention but others just lay there looking at you sadly like they’ve seen enough people walking around to know they aren’t going home with someone soon. Like I said it makes me want to cry and become an old dog lady.
We found a dog that we loved, the shelter had named her Ava and she was a cute hound mix. We brought Jasper by the next day to make sure they got along, and then we officially adopted her!! We renamed her Andi because we liked it better and she didn’t answer to Ava.
It’s been a week since we brought her home and she has settled in wonderfully. Jasper and Andi get along quite well (although Jasper is still adjusting to having another dog around) and I am so happy we were able to bring Andi into the family.


I definitely recommend that anyone willing and able to give a dog a loving home adopt one from a local shelter. I mean how can you say no to that face?

Happy Mother’s Day

I just want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! I hope everyone has something special planned for their moms and of you got them a gift, that it’s better than mine which is currently considered a work in progress. (Oops, sorry mom.) Well that’s about it, everyone have a fun day with your moms!


Taking the Plunge {into blogging}

I’ve attempted to blog before and it usually does not end how I envision, either I am uninspired in my writing or I just forget and stop trying after a while. This time I am hoping I am more dedicated and keep it up. I’m not entirely sure what direction I want to head towards with this but It’ll probably end up being a mash-up of whatever pops into my head. So here’s a brief snapshot of my interests.

Cooking and Baking
cookies and cream cupcakes
TV crime dramas

Country music



Style, although my own wardrobe is a bit lacking #broke

College Student (Go Gamecocks!)