Month: August 2016

College Tips From A Fishless Fish

Okay, so I’ve previously stated that I was a senior in high school. As of yesterday I am a college freshmen (Fish). As a new college Freshmen I would like to give some tips to possible incoming freshmen about move-in day and the early days of college.

First pre-move-in day. If you did as I did and opted to room with a stranger then do I have some advice for you. First, contact them. Any way is fine but don’t leave them a hundred emails/voice mails/texts/whatever, no one wants that kind of roommate. Second, decide who is bringing what. You only need one coffee maker, one microwave, one bathmat, ect. If you both bring everything then one, if not both, of you wasted some money. Decide if you’re sharing a mini-fridge or if you’re getting your own. Also, shop around. Is it cheaper to rent or buy a fridge? Rent or buy your books? For me it was much cheaper to buy a fridge ($79.99) then rent one ($125), Granted I had to move it into my dorm, but still. Also, Amazon has a great textbook rental service, just fyi.

Next, the day-before move-in day. Make sure you’ve packed everything! It doesn’t matter if your family home is 20 minutes from campus, check and make cure you packed EVERYTHING (toothpaste, hand soap, toilet paper). You need more than sheets, pillows and wall decor for your dorm.

Move-in day. Bring help. Most likely you’ll have to make several trips so the extra hands will be a huge help. Also, if you’re as lucky as I was it will be pouring down rain on your move-in day. My advice, pack lots of trash bags to semi waterproof your belongings. (Emphasis on semi). I know rooming with someone you don’t know can be challenging but try and remember, they’re going through the same thing you are. Compromise on where stuff goes and who gets what area.

Now the most important part, time for me to explain the Fishless Fish part of my title. So, I am a freshmen, or as my University likes to call us fish, and living in the dorm I am only allowed to have one kind of pet and that is, as you might have guessed, a fish. However, I don’t own a fish and like any responsible adultish person would do, I read up on how to properly take care of a fish. So, I have an empty tank that is currently filtering water and tomorrow I get my fish!! I will most likely post about my fish tomorrow, so hold tight my 10ish followers, of whom only 4ish care, news about my fish is coming!


Travel Etiquette

Okay, so recently I went on a group trip to Europe with a bunch of girls (ages 14-19) I had never met before. While most of them were wonderful people, two of them were rather…how do I put this nicely, extremely inexperienced travels. So, I thought I would try and politely write some tips for traveling in groups. So here we go.

  1. If doing a lot of walking or outdoor activities on your trip that cause you to sweat, make sure you shower!
    • This was a 14 day long trip and one of the girls only showered 3 times. We were walking about 6 miles a day and sweating a lot.
  2. If you are sharing a room with someone and want to talk to family members back home, don’t do it at 3 am, especially if you have to get up at 6.
  3. If you know members of your group are religious, don’t constantly make comments like “I don’t understand why you believe ______, it’s all nonsense anyway” or “why are you giving them money? It’s all just going to help the stupid church anyway”
  4. If there is a picky eater in the group, don’t ask them “are you actually going to eat that?” every time they buy food.
  5. Don’t randomly slip “Oh, that reminds me of the time I tried to kill myself” into almost every conversation.
  6. You can’t make friends with or please everyone, so don’t act all bitchy toward the whole group if one person doesn’t like you.
  7. Don’t apologize for something and then go back to doing whatever it is you apologized for.
  8. Don’t ask everyone else in the group how much they’ve spent/plan to spend on gifts/souvenirs/food
  9. If given a food that is usually eaten with a fork and knife, use them! Don’t eat your food with your fingers unless you’re suppose to.
  10. Also, don’t steal other people’s food unless they have offered it to you.

Okay, so maybe I wasn’t super polite in all of this and some…probably more, of my tips are a bit sarcastic but these are all based off of things that actually happened on the trip.