Live in luxury with these must-have room items

graphic by Tyler Herron

graphic by Tyler Herron

Moving into a dorm can be an intimidating process. Ir’s hard to make a small, shared space feel like your home away from home. Here are five items to help any student feel like the king or queen of his or her dorm.

5 residence hall essentials for a basic bitch:

  1. Tapestry

Tapestries are IN and posters are OUT. They are the perfect wall décor, and can complement fake curtains you can use to hide the jaded blinds or walls. Find tapestries in stores or online at places like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.

  1. Stringed lights

Stringed lights are useful and are my favorite room décor because I can turn them on to relax before I go to bed or to get in the mood, if you know what I’m saying. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they also come in several varieties. If you do not want to be a conformist by getting the basic Christmas string lights, Amazon sells a window curtain string light, which can also be used as a tapestry if you get creative.

  1. A fluffy pillow

Fluffy pillows are not only comfortable, but they can also add texture to your bed set or can be a cute statement pillow for your desk chair. Also, if you close your eyes and stroke it, you can pretend it’s a dog.  These pillows, along with a variety of others, can be found at super stores like Target.

  1. Succulents

Since you can’t have a pet animal on campus, why not buy a pet plant? Just like any other pet, they need attention, care, love and water. However, the biggest advantage is that they do not bark or pee on the floor! San Antonio is filled with plant nurseries, such as Evergreen Garden Center, which have an amazing selection of succulents and other house plants.

  1.  Netflix

Why binge drink when you can binge watch Netflix? It’s a good and somewhat healthier way to relax after a long day of classes. Also, it can help you chill.

5 dorm room essentials for every basic bro:

  1. “FIFA” (Most recent edition)

Playing video games is a great way to relieve stress and to distract your mind. I still do not understand the hype around “FIFA” because I am personally more of a “Call of Duty”/”Halo” person. Like most video games, “FIFA” can be as addicting as drugs, which you shouldn’t do. So game responsibly.

  1. A YETI cooler

YETI products are a bit pricey, but quality can be more important than quantity! YETI creates products like coolers and stainless drinkware that are durable and maintain your beverage’s temperature for hours.  So either save up or start a GoFundMe because it would be hard to crack a cold one without it!

  1. Condoms

The POD sells them, which is convenient “” so there are no excuses for not having any! So wrap it before you tap it, because you do not want to end up on MTV’s “Teen Mom” as the baby daddy! Also, I have three letters for you: S-T-D.

  1. Fidget Spinner 

It’s the perfect way to keep yourself focused and calm while you are pulling an all nighter at Elizabeth Huth Coates Library. You can learn how to do cool tricks with it, too! And who knows maybe if you try really hard those tricks can help you swoon a girl or boy or whatever you are into. It’s 2017.

  1. Protein (Brotein)

When you are in a hurry and have to skip a meal, a protein bar or smoothie will come in handy. In addition, it will help you maintain those muscles “” or gains, as fraternity boys like to say. Do not waste your time and money by purchasing it at a niche health and fitness shop, though. Go to Amazon instead and make Jeff Bezos richer.