Athlete: Allison Stokke School: University of California, Berkeley Team: CAL Bears Sport: Track & Field - Pole Vault Competition: 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Opponent: Various Result: 6. Place Location: Mike A. Myers Stadium - Austin, Texas, USA Date: 04-Apr-2008
What would you recommend taking to college? In state, and out of state?
brace yourself, this post is a lot longer than I thought it would be
I’m in state, so I really can’t say for out of state people (I hear they generally tend to bring more stuff). My individual needs are probably also quite different than others’, and different colleges provide different materials in the dorms. At the beginning of the semester I actually wrote down a few of the things that were nice to bring in a blog post here. I also took a few pictures of my dorm room with stuff moved in so you can get an idea of what I brought from here. You’ll probably find some nice checklists online of all the basics, like bedding and bathroom supplies and clothing, so I’ll skip those (unless you really want to know, in which case shoot me another message). I was actually quite underpacked, so I’m also going to include some things I wish I had brought in hindsight. As a female first year living in a mini-suite (which means the bathrooms are attached instead of one per hall) at UC Berkeley in California (where the weather is quite mild), a few specific items I would recommend bringing:
dorm decorations (and double sided tape or pins to stick them up)
a whiteboard with corkboard for push pins
ethernet cord (it’s a lot more reliable than wifi once you’ve set it up)
one single good non-academic book for stress relief
a paper calendar
a lamp with an opaque shade (translucent ones spill light everywhere)
blue painters tape
as many pens as you can
stapler, hole puncher, printer, etc. are quite nice if you can manage it
wipes to sanitize everything before you unpack
A FAN!! it is so unbelievably hot and muggy the first few weeks
on a similar note, bring a blanket. it was way too hot to sleep in bed the first few weeks, but its still nice to feel covered.
small shelves (those foldable locker shelves work great)
bookshelves are also useful
mugs, forks, spoons, plates, etc. you will want to eat in the dorm room and it’s not very nice to steal from the dining halls.
more hangers than you’d think you need (you will probably go shopping at some point or get free shirts, and hangers can break fairly easily)
a small portable vacuum if you can. dorms usually have a large old vacuum that you have to drag up from the basement, so having a small vacuum on hand is really convenient
paper towels (spills happen)
shower caddy (i like the two piece ones with the small on inside for toothbrushes and stuff, otherwise you have to drag the whole thing around sometimes)
for most people i hear a robe is nice but i don’t need one bc minisuite
i really like having a keurig bc coffee of course but it also dispenses hot water in a minute, which is really handy for ramen and stuff
free-hanging hooks, if you have somewhere to hang them off of, they’re actually quite useful (they’re the yellow things on the side of my bunk, if you can see from the second post I linked)
all the laundry supplies, from hamper to detergent (I recommend Tide Pods they’re super convenient) to dryer sheets (those are nice)
relaxing things: don’t be embarrassed about wanting to bring a stuffed animal! i brought my stuffed dolphin and it was really nice, as opposed to my roommate who didn’t bring her panda pillow pet and really regretted it (she brought it with her after going home out of state for thanksgiving)
candles, bath products, etc are also nice just for scent, even if you can’t use them in the dorms
makeup, small mirror, and makeup wipes. wipes are really nice to offer to someone if they’ve been crying and want to clean up (from experience)
febreeze (esp if a floormate with bad BO comes to visit)
not really a thing, but be prepared to say your name, where you’re from, what you’re majoring in, where you live, and maybe an interesting fact about yourself about 200 times in the first few days-weeks
PAC 12 Football seems to be down to two teams: the Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans. There may be a few other competitors feels like a strong case of two very apparent top dogs (and Trojans). But chaos will ensue no doubt.
KO in her headband phase, and she was wearing a red one. Matchy-matchy with Alex.😻😻😻
Except for the hat trick, of course. Sorry Alex. ⚽️⚽️⚽️
Too much to get into. Brianna Bak, Alicia Jenkins, Ali Riley & KO at the coin toss…Ali at Amanda White’s heels…Allison McCann x Baby Horse…Mariah Nogueira and Baby Press celebrating KO’s brace (two consecutive headers)…KO celebrating for three…UNDEFEATED.
when you realize you’re going to thE FUCKING OLYMPICS AHHHH
p.s. this is Jacob Pebley, rising sophomore for the Cal Bears and current National Team member for the 200 back. he out touched defending gold medalist Tyler Clary in a shocking upset to punch his ticket to Rio. his post race interview was super sweet- he got all choked up bc his mom passed away 10 years ago and all he wanted was to make her proud. Jacob, I KNOW your mom is looking down on you so damn proud. :’)