Moving In/My Dorm!

Hey everyone! I know I am a little late posting this (I moved in last week), but better late than never! First, let me start by saying packing is probably the hardest part of it all. I made countless lists and checked over everything numerous times, and STILL forgot many things. Other than forgetting a hairdryer, fingernail clippers, etc. I was pretty well set to move in to my dorm. As I drove three hours from home, I began to think of how I was on the top floor of my building. How was I supposed to carry all this up countless flights of stairs?! When I arrived to my college, everything was extremely hectic. I was directed to park and a bunch of sorority girls asked what my room number was and told me to go check in. I went to he table where my RA handed me my key and lead me up the stairs to show me to my room so I could sign a few papers. By the time I signed the last paper, everything from my car was neatly placed outside the door of my dorm room! It took my roommate and I about an hour or so to unpack and move all our things around how we wanted them to be. I have attached a few pictures to show you a small glimpse. Once I get everything looking “cute”, I will post many more pictures!

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Also, I LOVE my gorgeous monogram I ordered from WholesaleMonograms on etsy! I received my order quickly, and it was a great price for the quality of work. I would recommend it to anyone looking to spruce up their dorm, or any other room!

Thanks for reading, and I will talk to you guys again soon!


Disclaimer: I am not sponsored or endorsed by an products/companies mentioned in this post. All opinions are mine.


How to Get the Best Deal on Textbooks

Aside from the colossal cost of college itself, students are also required to purchase $100+ books. I have compiled a short list of tricks to help you n the textbook buying process.

Myth #1 “I have to purchase textbooks from my university bookstore”

This is completely wrong! There are a few colleges out there that require books be purchased through the school, but 99% of schools don’t care. As you can tell from the picture below, the university bookstore isn’t always the best place to purchase textbooks if you are trying to save a few bucks.


Myth #2 “I have to purchase my books brand new”

Wrong, again! Textbooks can be bought used or rented. If you are so lucky to find someone to personally buy the materials from, that’s great! Unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky. There are a lot of sites out there dedicated to textbook renting, plus, Amazon always has great deals, too.

Some sites I have found for text book rentals are:

  1. ValoreBooks
  2. BookRenter
  3. AbeBooks
  4. Chegg
  5. CheapestTextbooks

Text Books

To ensure you are getting the best deal possible, plug all your ISBN’s onSlugBooks! You will be able to compare prices to purchase and rent from various sellers.

Myth #3 “I cannot highlight in rentals”

Be sure to check each company’s policy, but most encourage you to highlight and make notes!

I hope this post helps you save some cash on textbooks!

Thanks for reading!



101 Student Discounts

As a shopaholic, I need to get my fix by buying anything and everything I find. As a college student, I need to get all the discounts and save all the money I possibly can. So, I have compiled a list of all the places (that I am aware of), that will give a student discount when you present either your university email or student I.D. card. So, let’s get started.

Everything is alphabetized within each category. Miscellaneous items are at the bottom.

Student Discounts


  1. Amazon Student – free six month trial of Amazon Prime with your .edu email
  2. AMC Theaters – on Thursday’s
  3. Cinemark Theaters
  4. Regal Theaters – up to 25% off
  5. Arby’s – 10%
  6. Buffalo Wild Wings – 10%
  7. Burger King – 10%
  8. Chick-Fil-A – free drink
  9. Chipotle – free drink
  10. Dairy Queen – 10%
  11. Domino’s
  12. Firehouse Subs – 10%
  13. Hard Rock Café
  14. IHOP – 10%
  15. Little Caesars
  16. McDonald’s – 10%
  17. Papa John’s
  18. Pizza Hut – 10-20%
  19. Subway – 10%
  20. Taco Bell – 10%
  21. Taco Cabana – 20%
  22. Waffle House – 10%
  23. Ann Taylor – 20%
  24. Ann Taylor LOFT – 15%
  25. ASOS – 10%
  26. Banana Republic – 15%
  27. Charlotte Russe – 10%
  28. Club Monaco – 20%
  29. Dockers – 20%
  30. Eddie Bauer – 15%
  31. Forever 21 – 4% cash back
  32. Goodwill – 10%
  33. H&M – 15%
  34. J. Crew – 15%
  35. Juicy Couture – 15%
  36. Kate Spade – 15%
  37. Kenneth Cole – 20%
  38. Levi’s – 15%
  39. Madewell – 15%
  40. Medelita – 25%
  41. Necessary Clothing – 20%
  42. Plato’s Closet – 10%
  43. Ralph Lauren Rugby – 15%
  44. shoebuy.com – 15%
  45. Steve Madden – 10%
  46. Target – 10% cash back
  47. The Limited – 15%
  48. Toms
  49. Topshop – 10%
  50. Urban Outfitter’s – 10%
  51. Vineyard Vines – 15%
  52. Walmart – 10% cash back
  53. Adobe
  54. Apple – 8%
  55. Best Buy
  56. Corel
  57. Dell
  58. HP
  59. Lenovo
  60. Logitech
  61. Microsoft
  62. Norton – up to 50%
  63. RadioShack – 10%
  64. Sony – 10%
  65. ThinkEDU
  66. Western Digital – 20%
  67. Kroger – 5%
  68. Sam’s Club
  69. Dormitup.com – keep a lookout for a special coupon code on my blog!
  70. Pier 1 – 15%
  71. PBTeen.com – 10%
  72. AT&T
  73. Cricket
  74. Sprint
  75. T-Mobile
  76. Verizon
  77. Joann – 10%
  78. Ben Franklin Crafts – 10%
  79. Hancock Fabrics – 10%
  80. Sally Beauty Supply
  81. Ulta
  82. Sephora
  83. Allstate
  84. Esurance
  85. Geico
  86. Nationwide Insurance
  87. State Farm Insurance
  88. Traveler’s Insurance
  89. 24 Hour Fitness
  90. CorePower Yoga
  91. Eastern Mountain Sports – 15-20%
  92. Amtrak
  93. Coach USA
  94. Greyhound
  95. GM
  96. Madame Tussauds – 15% (A lot of zoos, museums, art galleries, etc. offer student discounts, too!)
  97. Barnes & Noble
  98. Choice Hotels – 15%
  99. FedEx – 20-30%
  100. Jiffy Lube – $10 or 10%
  101. SmartStop Self Storage – first month $1, each additional month up to 15% off

Disclaimer: Each company has a different policy for their discounts. For example, some require purchase to be in store, some require online. Other stores may only apply the discounts on certain days. Make sure to check with the store beforehand to ensure you get the best deal!

I hope you score some major discounts! Thanks for reading!



Roommate Contract

Having a roommate may seem a little strange, and a lot of scary. Have you seen all the movies where they turn out t be crazy, psycho killers?! The chances of getting an ax-murdered for a roommate are low, so I think we’re good. Even if you don’t have to worry about her killing you in your sleep, there are a lot of things you do need to be concerned about. Most roommates are paired up by a compatibility test within the housing application, so you most likely already have something in common. However, there are A LOT of unknowns. Does she like the room hot or cold? Cluttered or organized? Is she going to have guests at all hours of the night? Can I borrow those cute boots she never wears? Get the answers to all these questions and more by filling out TalesFromTech’s roommate contract!

Contract Room 2


Remember, do not be a Sheldon Cooper roommate!

I hope this contract helps you and your roommate get along better and saves a lot of confusion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thanks for reading!


What To Wear: Orientation

Orientation is the first step into the beginning of your college career. At this time, you will meet a lot of people, including: fellow classmates, upperclassmen students, advisors, professors, and other staff. Alongside making many first impressions, you will be taking your student I.D. picture that will be with you for the net four years. You need to dress comfortably, but still look presentable.

I have put together three options for you to look at, please feel free to tweak as you wish!

Option One

The first outfit is simple, yet looks nice. All you have to do it pair a t-shirt with your school’s logo/name on it with a cute pair of shorts. Add some cute, comfy shoes and maybe add some small jewelry.

Option Two

Get out of the t-shirt with this slightly dressier option. Pair a fun printed pair of shorts with a solid colored top. Strap on some sandals, and you’re good to go!

Option Three

Get that effortless, cute outfit by throwing on a cute romper and a pair of sandals. Not only will you be super comfortable, you will look great, too!

Check out my article about all things orientation – Surviving College Orientation!

I hope these suggestions helped!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me!

I do not own any images shown in this article.

All opinions are mine and not endorsed or affiliated with any products pictures/mentioned.


Surviving Freshman Orientation


Orientation can be a little overwhelming and stressful, especially if you have a large campus or a lot of students. Of course, each orientation will differ from college to college. Some schools have one day sessions without parents, and some require multiple days with a parent or other attendee alongside the student. I am going to give some tips and share a few things I experienced by going through the orientation process.

My university requires freshman to complete a two-day session, and bringing a parent is encouraged, but not required. Sessions opened the first week of June, I chose to attend mid-July to one of the last few sessions.

Choose a Session

The first thing you, as a student, will have to do is to pick an orientation session to attend. Some colleges offer multiple and some only offer one. If you do have the opportunity to choose when you will go, I suggest that you plan ahead. If you have a friend going to the same college, pair up with them to tackle everything. Another option, which is the one I chose to do, would be to go with your roommate. If you already know who your roommate will be, contact them and plan t attend orientation together. This will give you a chance to get to know each other a little better before move in day and discuss things you would like for your dorm.

Pay for your Session/Sleeping Arrangements

I am not positive if all schools require a payment for attendance, buy my university charged a fee of $40 for students and $50 for each additional guest. Some colleges will require that all attendees stay campus, if your session lasts longer than one day. That could be free or cost a small fee. I, on the other hand, chose to stay in a hotel near campus. If you would rather hangout and play games with everyone in the lobby that evening, I would suggest staying on campus.

Now that you have everything settled, here are a few things to expect throughout the duration of orientation.

Check the Itinerary

Ensure you know where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to be doing at what time. tis important that you are in the correct place at the correct time Don’ worry, there are people to assist you.

Camera Ready

Not only do you have to take your student I.D. picture at this time, there will be multiple people running around getting “action shots” throughout the session. Be prepared for these images to appear on any form of social media your school has access to, which is all of them. I am not photogenic, at all, and I know I was in at least five pictures. Yay.

Information Overload

As you go through orientation, you will receive a lot of information you need to know about your college life. Make sure you pay attention! Okay, at least look like you are. Put your phones down, look in the direction of the speaker, and look engaged. It is extremely disrespectful to be texting or playing on your phone while the speaker is taking time out of their day to tell you about things you need to know.

Awkward Games

At some point, you will probably break into groups and be obligated to play various “get-to-know-me” games. These are somewhat awkward at fist, but turnout to be really fun and make great memories!

Story time! Our student advisor told us to find  partner one of the games. Everyone kind of gravitated towards someone they had been taking to all day. I was left partner-less. Coincidentally, so was a football recruit. You guessed it, we were now partners. I was think to myself, “okay, I like watching football. We have something to talk about.” Wrong. This was NOT a talking game. Basically, we had to walk in circles and when the advisor called out a command, we had to complete the action. The last team to do whatever had been called out, was eliminated. Before I knew it, the rookie and I were doing various tasks such as: nose to knee, head to elbow, etc. At one point, he even had to give me a piggy back ride. Talk about an ice breaker.

Forced Small Talk

Instead of sitting awkwardly next to your fellow classmate, you are forced to make small talk.

“Where are you from”?

“What’ your major”?

“What dorm did you get”?

Get used to talking to and meeting new, unique people!

Free Stuff!

This starts the beginning of all the free t-shirts, lanyards, food, etc. Embrace it! You’re going to want all the free things you possibly can on a college budget!

The Misconception

A lot of people will tell you that the later in the summer you attend orientation, the worse your schedule will be. That is NOT the case, at all. I chose to attend one of the last sessions, and I LOVE my schedule! My Monday is a little jam packed, but I also do not have any classes on Friday’s! So, the time you choose to go does not affect your schedule negatively.


Aside from being bombarded with information, orientation is a lot of fun. You get the chance to meet a few new people, so you will recognize a few familiar face when you move in. You also have to chance to talk with upperclassmen in your major and have them guide you a little bit. If you are nervous about freshman orientation, you should not be. It is mostly business, but has a little pleasure in the mix, too.

Can’t decide what to wear? Check out my suggestions – What To Wear:Orientation

I hope you guys have a wonderful time at your orientation session, If you have any further questions about my experience or any other tip, please feel free to contact me at any time!


Dorm Assignments/Shopping Tips

I have been counting down the days until my university posted dorm room assignments, and putting off buying anything until I was certain how much space I had. Well, the day has finally arrived! Luckily, I was assigned to my first choice, the newest hall on campus! Even though I am at the top floor, I am still excited to have a little more dorm space and a private bathroom within my dorm. Now comes the hard part, furnishing the 20 x 11 living area and the adjoining bathroom. I have already started frantically searching Pinterest for the cutest ideas. I soon discovered that my bank account would be drained if I purchased everything I thought would be cute and match the color scheme my roommate and I had picked out. So, with a few gift cards I had received as graduation presents and a venti Starbuck’s cup in hand, I went down every “back to school” aisle of nearly every store. For someone who absolutely LOVES shopping, I was quite overwhelmed with everything.

I will be making a whole separate post about everything that I bought, but for now, I will share a few tips that I have for those of you who have not yet started out on your dorm shopping journey.

1). Talk to your roommate before you buy ANYTHING.

If you are going to have a roommate, or multiple roommates, be sure to discuss a few things with them beforehand. Some of the things you should talk about are the rules of the room, how late you stay up, if you will have guest over, how you want to decorate the room, etc.

I will have an entire post dedicated to roommates in the near future!

2). Have a plan before you go.

After talking to your roommate, you will now know who needs to buy what. Maybe she is brining the mini-fridge and microwave, so you are bringing all the bathroom furnishings. Have a plan of what to buy, and what colors you want to buy them in.

3). Establish a budget.

This also fits under number 2, but in the sight of getting everything you think you need, you lose track of how much you are spending. If your parents are buying, talk to them about how much they want to spend. If you are buying it on your own, spend even less! Check around at different stores and look online for the lowest price.

4). Stay within your color scheme/theme.

Make sure you stay with the decided colors. If you have a pattern, try not to mix too many together. It will make your dorm look better, and, overall, make you feel better.

5). Have fun!

This is the final step before going off to college. Try not to stress over it and enjoy every bit of it, even if your mom starts crying.

The countdown is on!

Days ’til Orientation: 7

Days ’til Move In: 36