I Bobcats, Fall Semester is approaching, which means so is packing for the chillier months. Most freshmen are probably wondering “What do I possibly pack?” And we know, the options are endless. All upperclassmen have presumably been in the position where they begin to unpack into their dorm only to realize they have brought an absurd amount of impractical clothing with nowhere to put it. To ensure our Bobkittens are bundling the most relevant clothing, we have assembled a detailed list on what nine items should be brought and what should be left at home:
It may seem as if everyone keeps preaching about how no one dresses up for class, but truly nobody does. In highschool, it was undeniably cool to show up on the first day of classes in a brand new, neat outfit, but in college — it’s simply not. Don’t be the freshman who shows up in a skirt or even jeans. Sticking to athletic shorts, joggers, soccer pants and leggings is the obvious move. You will ultimately be more comfortable while sitting through long lectures, and the truth is, no one really cares what you look like anyway. The number of students who have probably never worn jeans or anything but different variations of sweats has to be off the charts. Save your jeans for the weekend because we promise, it’s the only time you’ll wear them.
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While the beginning months of Fall Semester can be scorchingly hot, the following few can become cold within the blink of an eye. Due to this, it is important to have an equal number of hoodies and t-shirts. We recommend buying these items oversized because they are chic and comfy. When lecture halls like Morton are cold, pulling a T-shirt over your knees or tucking your arms into a hoodie, can be extremely valuable. Although we said looking cute for class didn’t matter, one can still look adorable without seeming as if they are trying too hard while wearing an oversized tee or hoodie. They are not only perfect for class, but for an informal night out on Court Street.
Every freshman needs at least one Ohio University shirt (or jacket, sweatshirt, beanie, etc.) OU merch is a great option for class and special events. As far as special events go, Ohio University’s annual Homecoming basically requires one to deck out in green and white to show their Bobcat pride. Students become very innovative by cropping, bleaching and cutting shirts for the fun-filled, festive weekend. Head over to the College Book Store’s website and support Athens’ local businesses during the pandemic by purchasing your homecoming outfits early.
Having weather appropriate clothing is essential when attending school in Ohio. Surprisingly, it is not always sunny in Athens, so owning a quality pair of rain boots will come in handy when trying to avoid puddles throughout College Green.
Ohio University’s campus is definitely a workout — a lesson all freshmen will learn after the first week of classes. With both Morton and Jeff hills being massive, having a solid pair of walking/tennis shoes will be a game-changer. They also come in handy when going on a run or when taking a visit to Ping Recreation Center, although, with all the walking you will do in-between classes, a gym visit isn’t always necessary.
If you don’t have a teddy coat already, tell your mom, your dad, your grandma, your dog, whoever — that it is a need and NOT a want. Teddy coats are perfect for every occasion. We repeat, EVERY, occasion. Cold day for class? Wear a teddy coat. Have a date party, but it’s too frigid to wear only a dress? Wear a teddy coat. Going out and don’t want to wear your parka? The answer? You guessed it. Wear. A. Teddy. Coat. Enough said.
Birkenstocks are one of those things that after living the college life, you question how you ever lived without them. They are convenient in the sense that they are easy to slip on to run to the communal bathroom or to let a friend inside the dorm. They are also suitable for class whether worn with socks or not.
Packing a dress or suit may not seem obvious, but odds are, most freshmen will need one for at least one occasion. Dresses and suits are important to store in the back of the closet for a pop-up fraternity/sorority date party, an award ceremony, a job interview, or for our Scripps students — reporting on the air.
Lastly, the jeans freshmen have been dying to put to use are ready to shine. Grab a handful of saucy tops, frilly skirts and your favorite pair of skinny jeans because weekends in Athens are nearing.