Some college students are content to simply survive their time in a college dorm room. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s only temporary, right? If this is you, then don’t bother with the rest of this article and enjoy your boring cell.
The rest of us know the truth: if you have to live in a dorm – and at most colleges you do at some point – you may as well make the best of it. Why simply survive dorm life when you can actually enjoy it. The only problem is that sometimes that can mean a lot of work.
Depending on your school, your dorm room can be anything from a spacious multi-roomed duplex to a cramped and dull concrete cell. It’s hard to imagine that anyone can live in the latter, let alone turn it into something enjoyable. But those of us unlucky enough to experience it know that it can be done. And someday you may even consider it your home away from home.
The gadgets and small appliances listed below are not going to help you study for your midterms. They won’t write your papers for you either. However, they’ll certainly make the rest of your college experience more enjoyable.
Multi-Functional Breakfast Maker
While useful, the old school coffee makers that were the roast of the town just years ago don’t cut it anymore. Coffee is great, and obviously a collegiate necessity, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could also make eggs, toast and maybe even pancakes – all at the same time? If you dream of a breakfast machine that would make Pee Wee Herman proud, then you need a combination coffee maker, toaster oven, griddle and steam tray. You’re not just rolling out of bed and into a pot of coffee anymore, you’re serving full-out breakfast with all the trimmings. Best of all, it won’t take up too much room in your dorm – unlike Pee Wee’s contraption. These fine machines are also quite the crowd pleaser when you have unexpected company overnight.
3D Blu-Ray Player
With your hearty breakfast ready, you’re obviously going to need something to watch while you eat. For those days when daytime TV just won’t cut it – or maybe you just want to impress your newfound guest – the 3D blu-ray player is just what you need. Since studios seem to be releasing every blockbuster movie now in digital 3D, you may as well take advantage of it. Yes, you’re also going to need a new 3D-enabled television as well as some specially designed 3D glasses, but it’s a small price to pay to amaze your friends and establish your room as the coolest theater on campus.
Portable Air Conditioner
What’s the point of all this cooking and entertaining in your dorm room if you can’t be comfortable? That’s where a portable air conditioner comes in. Dorm rooms can get pretty hot, especially with all these electronics humming away. Unfortunately, most dorms do not have central air, and a window unit is either not allowed or just not a feasible given your available space. Luckily, a portable air conditioner is smaller and doesn’t require permanent installation. Venting is also simple and does not require as much space as a window unit. Above all, portable air conditioners are easy to move from room to room so it can go wherever the party is.
Digital Beverage Dispenser
Now that you’re well fed and entertained, it must be close to happy hour. Mixing cocktails and pouring drinks by hand is so last semester – not to mention a bit messy. After purchasing these other gadgets you probably can’t afford own bartender for the evening, so why not just pick up a Digital Beverage Dispenser instead. Seemingly designed with the social (and maybe lazy) college student in mind, your electronic bartender is more than happy to serve up a variety of fine beverages at the push of a button. It’ll even pull new and creative recipes right from the Internet just in case you get a little bored always ordering the usual.
Mobile Alarm Clock
Waking up might be difficult after a long night with your new digital bartender friend. Luckily, there are now mobile alarm clocks that can provide just enough of a hassle to make sure you get up and stay up. No, “mobile” doesn’t mean you can easily take the alarm clock with you when you leave. It’s actually much more annoying! This alarm clock on wheels will run away from you beeping with laughter as you frantically try to buy just five more minutes in the morning. At the very least, it’ll make for an entertaining morning (for bystanders that is). The fact that it actually works isn’t too shabby either.
Mike Tennant is a freelance writer who covers technology and lifestyle topics. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike currently works with Air & Water Inc. as a content developer.