“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”
Wise words from one of the wisest world-changers of the 20th century. Education is a crucial way to improve the world, and as John Dewey said, it isn’t preparation for life – it’s life itself. Soon you’ll be off to your leafy campus, duffels in hand, teaming up with your roommate (fingers crossed) to make yourself a new home for the year. Armed with your sheets and hoodies and laptop, you’ll be tackling campus like there’s no tomorrow. Bring it on! Once you’re there, how do you set yourself up to have the best possible year? Fridge: check. Frisbee: check. Earplugs: check. What else … ?
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
A classic thinker for the college crowd, Emerson knew what he was talking about. It’s advice worth following. We all know our strengths and limitations. For some of us, it’s organizing. For others, time management. And for others, memory (hello!).
If you’re anything like us, a dry erase board is a gift from the skies. The Chevron Pattern To Do List Dry Erase Board one-ups us. It comes with a dry-erase pen, you can choose your own text and artwork, and it’s even shaped like a speech bubble. It may be the highlight of your college move, and we wouldn’t blame you:
“Learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere.”
You may be seeing a pattern here: education is the gift that keeps on giving. And the more things you have taken care of going in, like organization, the better the gift will be. The Gray and Aqua Monogram Desk Organizer is a winner in that realm – a stylish holder for pens, pencils, rulers and more that could not be more life-saving:
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
In our experience, dorm-room lighting often needed a slight boost. There’s nothing like light to help with motivation, and staying awake (not to mention seeing!). The Fox Lamp is standout and memorable, yet understated – kind of like an inspirational quotation, actually:
We’ll leave you with another truism, from the poet W.H. Auden. “A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”
Coming up next in our Back to School series: organize that home office.