My Back-to-School Essentials

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It’s back to school time, and in college that means not just buying school supplies…but apartment stuff too. Let’s be real, I’m a diva, and so there are some things I refuse to go back to school without.

A new shower head

Shower Head

If you’ve ever seen me in person, my hair is ridiculously thick. It’s so thick that if this whole school thing doesn’t work out, I could probably make money doing Garnier Fructis commercials or something. Because it’s so thick, the sad water pressure of my apartment shower does not cut it in the slightest. There is no way to wash my hair with what feels like the tears of a very small animal gently pattering on my scalp (see awful shower head picture above). This is why I always purchase a new shower head for our apartment, and my superstar/handyman-in-disguise roommate always installs it in place of the awful dorm one. Yes, my hair is that important.

My electric kettle

Electric Kettle

I love tea. If that hasn’t been clear so far, it will be from my upcoming blog redesign (spoiler alert!). Anyway, tea is one of the best things in the world, and it’s how I start every single day in college: with a cup of tea and a few minutes of quiet contemplation…which usually comes in the form of scrolling my Facebook news feed, in all honesty. I also love instant gratification, and this is why my electric kettle is my best friend. My mom had the brilliant idea of buying me one freshman year, and my life has been forever changed by that magic metal thing.

My cute mug collection


I use mugs for everything. I have one on my desk to hold highlighters, another to hold pens, and still another on my vanity, holding all of my brushes and eyeliners. I like mugs because they are versatile and pack up well at the end of the year. My favorite mugs are these two: my “Her Ladyship” and “First Lady” mugs. My sister bought me the former, and which politically-ambitioned man could have bought me the second? Brandon, obviously.

Some form of apartment decorations

Shelves in my bedroom decorated

]Decorating is not just for seventh grade lockers. I am a very aesthetic person, and so I need to live in a space that looks pleasant. Literally half the things I pack at the end of the year are decorations. I have a sign that says “Drama Queen Parks Here” with arrows, which I particularly enjoy, along with a menagerie of cards from friends, pictures, and the recent addition of this amazing European postcard collection from Brandon. My first step whenever I have to move in at the beginning of the year is to swag out my space.


Up-close postcards

My Brita pitcher

Brita pitcher with filter

Photo courtesy of Ernesto. Used under CC2.0 license (my Brita® pitcher is still in storage – I haven’t gotten it back yet!)

Okay, it’s not really my Brita® pitcher. It’s my roommate’s. But still. This has been one of the saving graces for our apartment. The water from our apartment faucet is icky. It’s icky, and I’m not afraid to say it. I would be a bottled water snob, but 1) that’s bad for the environment and 2) ain’t nobody got the money. Our Brita® pitcher has saved me time and time again from having to drink icky water or spend my future kids’ college fund on H20. If you live in a big city like me, and your water is awful, I would definitely recommend this product. It’s available at Target!

What are your back-to-school essentials?