You may feel as anxious as you did when you first started grade school, but your first year in college is nothing to worry about. There are no owner’s manuals, no lists to check off when it comes to starting post-secondary education. Sure, you'll get a list of books needed for your courses, but these gadgets will prove their importance on your sloppy first year of adulthood.
Losing your computer to a fallen beer or mixed drink is especially hard to explain to your teachers when asking for an extension on papers. The Logitech Washable Keyboard looks like a normal keyboard, and its slim design and standard USB connection won’t give away your dirty little secret. You’re able to wash it off in a sink, and for only 40 dollars it’s great even if you’re not a wild party animal and prefer spending hours on Reddit eating Cheetos. Buy here.
We advise saving up some money and purchasing two or three Belkin WeMos to hook up your important electrical accessories safely. Basically, the WeMo serves as your own personal Smart House. Whatever you plug into the WeMo can be turned off from your iPhone wherever you may be. Forget a sandwich grilling in your Foreman grill? Hopefully you have it plugged in to a WeMo so you can turn it off from class. If you really can’t afford one of these, may we suggest some house insurance? Buy here.
VIZIO’s Active Noise Canceling High Definition Home Theater Headphones
So you don’t get along with your new roommate. You do your dishes; he stacks them under his bed. You can spend a night engulfed in an epic Battlefield 3 mission, and he’s at his desk playing quarters over Skype. Your patience is wearing and it’s only been a couple of days. What you need is a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. You can go for the flashy Beats by Dre headphones, which are still selling at full retail value, or get VIZIO’s HD home theater headphones for a fraction of the price. They come with a wireless iPod docking pad where the headphones can rest when you’re not using them and are able to connect to a home audio system, television or iPod. Perfect for all-night gaming! Buy here.
Google Nexus 7
Gone are the days of spiral ring notebooks and ballpoint pens; the next generation of tablets has arrived, and they are affordable. The one that has caught our eye is the Google Nexus 7. It’s perfect for jotting your notes down in class with Google Docs, reading any required books you may have in English class and recording lectures with its built-in microphone. Of course there’s also the best Google Play and Android apps and games that you can download onto your Nexus 7, but just keep that to yourself — you’re more likely to sell the idea of getting one of these if it’s strictly for school. Buy here.