By this time, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s likely that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve at least begun this unique venture into the world of Ã¢â‚¬Å“dorm living.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve met the random dude whos name was e-mailed to you earlier this semester and now youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both still trying to decide if this is really going to Ã¢â‚¬Å“work.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve encountered the dining room, put Dominos on speed dial and sent out desperate SOS messages to mom for care packages.Ã‚Â But, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve probably also noticed that suddenly youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve just become one more number in a whole big mess of numbers.Ã‚Â If your Ã¢â‚¬Å“popularityÃ¢â‚¬Â status is not quite where you want it to be or thought it would be at this point, stick with me.
Because here, for your reading pleasure (unlike the reading of Plato and Dostoevsky youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re about to be inundated with) are the top 5 items you should start combing Ebay for in order to ensure that your name becomes a name that brings the throngs to your room.Ã‚Â So, here goes, my experience shared with you just for the sake of your popularity.Ã‚Â Your very welcome.
1)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Techy Video Projector
Come out with a bang!Ã‚Â We all know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to spend 98% of your time in front of a screen anyway, whether thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for Wii, movies, games, who knows.Ã‚Â The point is, that if your screen covers the entire wall of your dorm room, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your wall and your room that are about to become the hottest spots in the entire dorm complex.Ã‚Â Seriously.Ã‚Â I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢tÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ know why more people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think of this, but they actually donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, so take advantage of it, but they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.Ã‚Â And donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about buying/hanging a screen, just use the wall.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cooler that way anyway.
2)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Quarters Required Candy Dispenser
Now, if you really wanna be the hottest thing in the dorms, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to need to be able to readily dispense sugar to all your buds and all the girls too.Ã‚Â A candy dispenser does this very easily.Ã‚Â They only cost about $30 bucks, you can put whatever you like in them (ReeseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pieces is my vote, but hey, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all about the Jelly Bellys, who am I to stop you?)Ã‚Â Also, a little note: if you buy one that actually requires quarters to function, you will easily pay for your own candy and pop habits, no problem.Ã‚Â You may even make a buck or two.Ã‚Â Your room, after all, is quite a step ahead of the sketchy basement machines that are probably hazardous to oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health anyway.
3)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â One-of-a-Kind Ice Cream Maker
Candy is good.Ã‚Â But, candy Ã¢â‚¬Å“canÃ¢â‚¬Â be found elsewhere if need be.Ã‚Â Having a personal ice cream maker in your room is guaranteed popularity boosting.Ã‚Â Number one, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need anything.Ã‚Â You announce an ice cream par-tay in your room.Ã‚Â Then, you give all the girls a job (they love this stuff) and tell them to bring the ingredients, which, they will go nuts over.Ã‚Â TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find a bazillion recipes and come running with arms loaded full of sugar and cream and caramels and crushed oreos.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be heavenly, just wait.
4)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Snazzy Little Espresso Machine
If you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet developed an addiction to coffee, you will, right along with everybody else on your floor.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pounding down the caffeineÃ¢â‚¬Â will soon take on a whole new meaning, and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only so much Mountain Dew one can drink and only so many hours when it is appropriate.Ã‚Â 5 AM is not one of them.Ã‚Â So, rather than choking down the Ã¢â‚¬Å“stuffÃ¢â‚¬Â served in the cafeteria, if you can offer palatable, or even delectable shots of espresso to your fellow colleagues? Instant success.Ã‚Â Just be prepared for visitors at all hours of the night and day.Ã‚Â Pajamas included.
5)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â An Ending Supply of Soft Blankets and Body Pillows
Yeah, it might sound cheesy, but deal with it.Ã‚Â No guy out there will ever admit appreciation for a good pillow, but they all want one, and every girl on the planet will become your new best friend if she can pile herself into a mound of pillows and some super soft blanket.Ã‚Â So, suck it up and get yourself about 5 of each. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go fast, so be prepared for re-stocking.
And there you have it.Ã‚Â Stock your first dorm room with one or all (the more the better, obviously) of these fantastic items and just wait for crowds.Ã‚Â Your popularity will skyrocket faster than you couldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve imagined and your room is, guaranteed, to be the room.Ã‚Â Your personality, now thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all up to you.
Freelancer Jocelyn Anne misses her college days like mad.Ã‚Â But since sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s learned a thing or two since then, and if she could go back, she would have two espresso machines + 1 for backup and a stylinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ fan heater for her bed to combat unchangeable thermostats and drown out snoring roommates.