College fall clothing essentials
Thread-sher exclusive: Top 10 back-to-school essentials
One of the biggest difficulties of college is packing (if you don’t consider multivariable calculus or organic chemistry difficult). You crammed all your clothes into three huge suitcases and dragged them to your dorm. Your mom nagged at you the entire time about how you overpacked. Now you have to find space to put everything. It’s a whole mess. However, you could have avoided all of this. You only need a few essentials to survive your time in college, and to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 MUST HAVES for life here at Rice. If you don’t have these 10 items packed, be sure to pick them up on your next Target run. If these items are the only things you have, then congrats, you’re already off to a great start for this school year!
Even though you are living in Houston now, where the climate ranges from scalding hot to uncomfortably moist, you are absolutely going to need a hoodie. No matter the weather, nothing can truly prepare you for the high latitude climate of Herzstein amphitheater. If you do not bring a hoodie, you are making yourself susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia! Please, for your own safety, brace yourself with a hoodie. Plus, most hoodie pockets double as a built in snack compartment.
Get an umbrella as soon as possible! Hurricane season is upon us, and Houston is known for its unpredictable weather. You don’t want to be caught in sudden torrential rains and start running 10 minutes late to class and burst in through the door and everyone turns around and stares at you as you are dripping water all over the place and the only seat left is at the front of the class and you can’t even concentrate because you spend the entire time thinking about how humiliating your entrance was and finally you have to trek all the way back to Brown to cry away your sorrows. This is purely a hypothetical situation, but you definitely don’t want to go through that. So yeah, bring an umbrella to prevent that.
As you will most likely be living with at least one roommate, you should bring earbuds to keep your own privacy. Your roommates probably do not want to be disturbed by your 1 a.m. daily blasting of ASMR videos. Apparently, the idea of someone whispering you to sleep is not appealing to everyone. For an optimal experience, we even suggest buying On Ear Headphones. These are great for blocking out outside noise while providing a very vivid audio experience of cabbage crunching.
A completely optional but highly recommended article of clothing is a Hawaiian shirt. During the school year, there are guaranteed to be at least two beach-themed parties where you may find this useful. Or, if you are not interested in partying, you can still embrace your inner Hawaiian dad or frat boy spirit.
Balenciaga Speed Trainers
Another nuisance of trekking across Rice terrain is crossing the Grove. The Grove gravel is often known to sneak up on unsuspecting victims and attack their ankles. PROTECT YOUR ANKLES with some Balenciagas Speed Trainers – or as Cardi B says, “the ones that look like socks,” but really, any high-top shoes will do.
If your dorm has communal showers, remember to get some protective shower shoes. You don’t know what bacteria or foot fungus could be lurking in those shower drains, especially if you live in the antiquated structures of Hanszen, Baker or Will Rice old dorms where cockroaches dwell. Our recommendation is flip-flops, or more specifically, Crocs. Why? Because what better way to strike fear into the hearts of your shower enemies than to wear CROCODILE all-terrain shoes! There is no better way to claim your territory. In a few months, you will be seen as a member of the bourgeoisie because Crocs are going out of business, and the shoes will become a highly valued commodity. You might even be featured on the well regarded instagram page @CrocsOfRice.
Don’t just bring all of your new shoes to Rice. You need at least one pair of shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. These shoes need to be able to survive the hormonal sweat that appears on Thursday pub nights, the shaving cream of Baker 13 and the muddy hypotenuses when it rains.
In case of a bad hair day, make sure to bring some hats for a quick solution. Baseball caps are a good option, but cowboy hats are a GREAT option. Now that you’re in Texas, you should assimilate to yeehaw culture. Cowboy hats are also perfect for protecting your face from the blistering hot sun rays in case you run out of sunscreen. If you don’t know where to get a cowboy hat, the Martel Don’t Mess with Texas public party is your best bet.
Pajamas are often regarded as nighttime wear. However, at Rice, pajamas are not only night clothing, they are daily clothing, party clothing and woke-up-12-minutes-late-for-class clothing. Oversized Rice shirts, sweatpants, leggings, slides, and Christmas sweaters --these pieces you can wear anytime, anywhere at Rice. They are the epitome of all-purpose clothing. However, this does not mean that you can wear only your undies everywhere. Save that for NOD.
Lastly, you need at least one set of formal clothing to be able to give presentations, attend interviews and go to Esperanza. One set of formal wear will go a long way, despite being a bit more costly. If that is an issue though, the CCD does provide business attire through Career Gear and Dress For Success Houston.