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Must-Haves For A Boarding College Student

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Let's pretend that the world is normal where classes are being held at school and that we aren't stressing out over our sh*tty internet/data connections.

Boarding life is hard when you don't have the essential things especially the ones that are in your home. Considering that we are far away from our home, we just want to bring with us the things we are going to be needing.

What are the things a boarding college student should have?

  • Electronic device/Gadgets

  • Appliances

  • Finance

  • Attitude

Let me discuss with you one-by-one these essential things based on their categories and let me share my thoughts and how they helped me.

GADGETS - These are essentials in studying.

These are the gadgets that a boarding college student should have:

  • Cellphone/ Tablet

A cellphone is a flexible gadget that one should have. It can be used in a lot of ways such as communicating, studying, fitness, watching movies, playing music, and many more.

Communicating. Being away from home we need this to communicate with our loved ones. Considering that you are away from home, this is the only way rather most convenient way of updating your loved ones about your well-being.

Studying. For a student who doesn't have an access to a laptop, a cellphone is the best substitute for it since there are also apps that function similar to a laptop.

Even before, chat groups are created for updates and announcements. One can communicate with other students by just sending messages. A cellphone can also be used in photography class, filming school videos, as a substitute for a laptop, and submitting files over the net.

Fitness. Personally, I used my phone to watch fitness videos on the internet that helps me during a workout. I also used it to play music while I go for an afternoon jog.

Watching movies/ playing music. A cellphone is the handiest gadget that one can use to watch movies and play music. One great way of releasing stress and chilling out is by watching movies and listening to music. It separates us from the busy reality.

  • Laptop

A laptop is a gadget that not everyone can own because of their life status. I don't own any and I only borrow from my cousin throughout the time that we were still boarding.

I usually use a laptop whenever I am doing academic writings, editing videos, and printings. By far, it wasn't essential but it is a need for some reason.

  • Printer

As a med student, having a printer is a blessing. It saved me a lot of money since I have a lot of handouts that I print out. And it saves a lot of time than going outside of the dorm just to have a handout printed. I shared the printer with my cousin, he was the one who owns it and I provide the inks. It's super helpful and a money saver since computer shops tend to put a higher price for every page.

APPLIANCES

  • Electric Kettle

This is one of the appliances that we used daily. It can be used in a lot of ways and not just heating water in it. Some of us used this to cooked noodles and sometimes boil some eggs. hahaha. But as for me, I just purely use it to heat water. I was even asked by my board mate how I make pancit canton, I told him that I just put water in a bowl and put the noodles and then cover it with a plate. I just have to use what is available. HAHAHAHA.

  • Rice Cooker

This is also one of the versatile appliances out there. It can be used to cook rice, boil eggs, fry foods, and even cook ginataan in it. My board mate tried it and just imagine her electric bill after that. HAHAHAHA. Kidding aside, it saved me a lot of money since I cook my own rice rather than buying one cup of rice for 10 pesos. Having a rice cooker means no dieting to rice.

Quick story. I went with my board mates to McDonald's and we brought our rice cooker. The look on my cousin's face was hilarious hahaha. He was too embarrassed. There were even ants on the rice. Good thing is that we weren't scolded by the staff. HAHAHAHAHA.

  • Oven Toaster

I am a picky eater and I don't eat leftover foods that aren't hot. It just feels different. Fortunately, we have a spare oven toaster here in the house that I brought with me. We didn't have to worry about our snacks, viands, and re-heating our leftover foods because of this. I even tried cooking egg and corned beef using it but, the egg was dried up and the corned beef turned out good.

Finance

  • ATM CARD/E-Wallet

I suggest that you should have your personal bank card or set up an E-wallet. Why? It is very convenient especially that you're away from home. Before I went to college my mom assured me that I already have a bank card so that she can just send me money through bank transfer. It was helpful because there were times that I wasn't able to go home for weeks.

Bank Card or E-Wallet? I prefer bank cards over E-Wallet because there are ATMs all over the malls, schools, and other establishments rather than E-wallet cashout centers.

Lastly...Attitude

Having a good attitude is a must, it will lead to having a good relationship with your landlady and board mates. They are the ones that you can lean on when something bad happens. They are going to be your family, your alarm clock when you have to take a power nap, and most importantly they are YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

Let me share my boarding house moments with my found family. During my stay, I study together with my board mates, eat out together, go to the malls, drink, have outings, and many more. It was such a lovely experience for me.

Final thoughts.

These are just the things that helped me out during my stay in my boarding house. Since some of you here are freshmen, you can consider having these when you decide to stay in a dorm. I hope this will help you.

P.S. I didn't include the electric fan because it's already given or one always has it.


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Diko naranasan mag board kasi ang lapit ng PUP sa bahay, lakad lang nga ako papasok ee huehue. Gustong gusto ko yang maranasan noon kaso pano nga huehue. Sana mayaman kami para kahit 20 steps lamg bahay namin sa University pwd ako mag board ahahaha.

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4 months ago

Ang talino mo naman Ate. 😩❤️ WAHAHAHHAHA wag mo na pangarapin Ate nag board at medyo hassle din waahhahaha. Makakaranas ka ng homesick tas minsan di pa makauwi.

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4 months ago

I like the last word "Attitude" and yes... if we have right attitude, rest all would fall into places.. Great post :)

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4 months ago

Thank you! I think having an attitude is what every boarder should have to have good relationship towards every boarder and avoid conflict :")

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4 months ago

Haha very recognizable this: the instant noodles life style haha can't beat an electric waterboiler! I would add slippers for the bathroom as well, sharing a shower facility means you need them!

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4 months ago

We have our individual slippers hahaha. Since we share 3 bathrooms and we're 7 boarders sharing that. 😩 And yes, no one can defeat the instant noodles cooked in a water boiler 😂

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4 months ago

Namiss ko tuloy boarding house ko na all weathers are there 😭😭😭😭😭 may instant swimming pool kapag naulan tas, mag sa sand storm naman kapag mainit HAHAHHAH

Yung rice cooker namin na all in one, lutoan ng kanin pati narin ulam WAHAHAH pero yung mga ka board mates ko mga kapitbahay ko lang sa'min ka wala masyadong adjustments na kailangan.

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4 months ago

Uy same!! Andami din na offer ng room ko sakin. Merong waterfalls sa loob kapag naulan hahahaha. Kaya minamalas kami kapag walang natitira sa room para mag salba nung mga gamit. 😂

Kumusta naman electric bill niyo? Hahahahaha

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4 months ago

I remember cooking pasta with an electric kettle, breaking eggs on an iron and making omelettes in my school years. Being a student is utter poverty. It's about creating opportunities in impossibilities.

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4 months ago

Oh my gosh hahahahaha I never thought of cracking an egg in an iron 😂. That's impressive!

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4 months ago

I hope you don't have to break

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4 months ago

And sobrang magastos din yung pag boboarding diba? Pero meron namang lesson pag nag boarding ka, matututo kang mag alaga sa sarili mo. Ikaw mag luluto ng kanin at ulam mo, ikaw magbubudget sa allowances mo, ikaw lahat lahat at di naka depende sa magulang mo. Noong time na nagboboarding ate ko, pumupunta ako don bumibisita kinukuha niya ako pag pwede, ilang araw din ako don tapos nakakahome sick pala. Parang naranasan ko na din mag boarding kahit di ako nag aaral nun. Second, pag nagboarding ka minsan din nakakaapekto sayo mga board mates mo. Kasi napansin ko uso doon yung inuman, amoy sigarilyo ganon. Tapos ang kalat din ng kwarto may kanya kanya nga kayong room pero makalat padin 🤧

So ano nas maganda, yung nagboboarding house or naka online class lang?

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4 months ago

Mas gusto ko pa rin talaga yung naka stay sa boarding house. Mas makaka focus ako dun unlike dito na puro utos na akala nila wala akong ginagawang school works. Plus yung ingay pa ng kapitbahay tas nung maliit na bata kapag umiiyak.

It depends naman sa student kung magiging magastos siya or hindi. Magiging magastos cost of living niya kapag (1) nag rent siya ng sariling room, (2) di siya nagluluto (3) kain lang siya nang kain sa labas (4) bisyo niya.

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