College Essentials

Writer: Rama K.

Editor: Bermet K.

The majority of international students at TIU shared the same experience while waiting for the long-awaited call to the land of the rising sun. Indeed, as the pandemic is still haunting everyone and the borders are not yet open, you find yourself in your lovely room, holding a ticket to Japan, imagining all the scenarios you look forward to once you arrive. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Well, two years have passed, and now you are probably in Japan, preparing to satisfy your curiosity with all the new things and becoming fully immersed in a new culture. Nevertheless, a lot of us tend to forget one of the most crucial steps or are even unsure of how to start preparing to go to campus! No need to worry. In this post, we provide a list of necessities for college in hopes of making the transition to life in Japan easier for TIU students.


  1. Why is preparation necessary?

As a college student, 24 hours seem insufficient, given all the hustle and bustle of university life. On top of attending classes, we are occupied with after-school activities and clubs. As we all know, these daily routines involve plenty of preparation. Why? Well, even if it may seem insignificant, preparation is necessary since, without it, we wouldn’t be able to grasp the controlling levers that determine our subsequent actions. Thus, with careful planning, we can do our tasks much faster and give each person more time to engage in other, more enjoyable activities.

  1. Then, what are the types of items to prepare?

Following conversations with several sources from TIU, the author has compiled and broken down these essentials into two different categories, namely physical and non-physical:

  1. Physical

For the first group, these are tangible items that can be recognized and have respective purposes in a student’s day-to-day life.

  1. Non-Physical

In addition to the physical, the next category, non-physical, consists of apps and tools that are on our devices. Take it easy, everything listed here is free! In other words, it won’t drain your wallets!

Without further ado, let’s see what each group has!


Must bring:

  1. Backpack

Choosing an adequate backpack for college can be very confusing at times. What are some criteria for a great backpack? Use the questions below to help you decide on the perfect backpack that fits you!

  • Will your laptop fit?
  • Is there enough space for a water bottle?
  • Are there extra organizational pockets?
  • How durable is the backpack?
  • Is it comfortable? – Well, the majority of backpacks made by reputable hiking/outdoor brands will be perfect!
  • Will there be any space to store your valuables? Perhaps an internal pocket?
  • Do you intend to use it for other activities such as hiking?
  1. Device & Charger

Choosing an adequate backpack for college can be very confusing at times. What are some criteria for a great backpack? Use the questions below to help you decide on the perfect backpack that fits you!

  1. Stationeries

Although manual note-taking has been replaced by apps, it never hurts to be safe, right? Just don’t overdo it. A pair of a B5 notebook and a pen should do the trick.

  1. Snacks

Last but not least, Snacks! It is common knowledge that listening to information or attending a lecture on an empty stomach is not the best way for a college student to learn. Well, It would not hurt anyone to carry one or two small snacks in your bag. Plus, you might even use them to get to know people!


After loading your backpack with handy essentials, remember to double-check that the following apps are readily available on your devices!

  1. Weather forecast apps

As is commonly known, TIU students live around the Kanto region. It can be inconvenient for them to travel soaking wet or, conversely, wearing thick clothes when the weather is scorching. Therefore, it is worth setting aside just five minutes every morning to check the weather forecast app!

  1. Google translate

As an international university student, you may not want to miss the opportunity to meet new people. However, one of the most common issues we face has to be the language barrier. Even when we need it the most, striking up a conversation with strangers can be intimidating. Worry not, it is much easier now with the existence of free translation apps!

  1. Money manager

The interviewees highlighted the importance of learning how to be financially wise. One of the reasons behind it is that the spending and saving habits you developed during your college days are likely to remain long after you become a member of society. Therefore, utilizing money manager apps will make the process more efficient.

  1. SNS

Living in a data-driven era where interaction is not limited to your inner circle or family, we have pushed ourselves to connect with people from different parts of the world through a powerful tool called social networking sites! Enough said: SNS is the best way for college students to stay in touch with friends! They will keep you updated with local entertaining activities based on your location and help you find out what’s happening around the world.

  1. News

It is crucial for students to keep up with the current trends! And there are numerous app options available from either the Play Store or the App Store.

  1. Notes

Last but not least, studies on learning have shown that actively engaging with the topic by listening and then summarizing what you hear helps you understand and remember the information later. Thankfully, we no longer have to bother with various writing tools as they are readily accessible through note-taking apps! A few great and free examples are Notion, Google Keep, and Microsoft OneNote.

Thank you for reading up to the very end. What is missing from the list? By having these items in advance, we assure you that there will be nothing to worry about as you start your day. Moreover, it would be a pleasure if any of the tips introduced in this article proved practical and made it easier for you. Stay tuned for the next article!

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