This August, I and millions of other 18-year-olds are heading off to college. While this entails some important, vexing decisions, chief among them is…

This August, I and millions of other 18-year-olds are heading off to college. While this entails some important, vexing decisions, chief among them is what to buy for my dorm room. Among the controversial and fraught issues are mini-fridge-importance, microwave merits, and the ever crucial choices among myriad linens, pillows, and comforters. And that’s not even getting into lava lamp considerations. I’ve spoken to friends who are freshmen this year, and the consensus seems to be that fridges and microwaves are somewhat overrated, unless you like cheese sticks and microwave burritos, respectively. I’ve also been advised that college mattresses approximate cardboard in comfort level, and that it would be wise to bring foam padding to lessen this misfortune. Buying up bedding made me give thought to the fact that I’ve never actually considered the quality of my pillows before, and I am both sad to realize how much time has been wasted with bad pillows, and hopeful for a future of feather-filled comfort. Buying stuff for college may seem like an expensive chore, but it’s also an opportunity to express some newly acquired autonomy and independence, and to get that shag rug you’ve always wanted.
– Will