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Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About

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College. A mythical land where the Natty Ice flows, underwear runs are mandatory, and the party rages all day, every day. All right, maybe not exactly. More like: College. A very real, very stressful, very fun, very life-changing time, where you learn an immense amount about yourself as you navigate the waters of adulthood. While college can bring the best of times, it can also be a stressful and confusing time for most; that's why it's important to be as prepared as humanly possible! This list ranks the essential brands all college freshman should be aware of and use extensively.

University life and higher education will definitely throw you some curveballs throughout your four years, but it's best to start your higher learning off on the right path, beginning with your freshman year. Whether it's making your dorm space more livable (and trust us when we say, dorm living sucks) by snapping up the most affordable and adorable room essentials, keeping track of your stress and health through fun and easy to use apps, or flashing your student I.D. to get some insanely awesome discounts, these must have brands will make the college transition as smooth as possible. Unless you were foolish enough to sign up for an 8 am lecture. You're on your own there.

So strap on your beer goggles, tie up your toga, and prepare yourself for some sleepless nights. These must have college brands will help you make sure that those magical four years are the best!

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    Online shopping, Video Tape and Disc Rental
    Why not watch every season of Breaking Bad before tackling that term paper?
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    Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail
    Buying textbooks from the campus bookstore is a ripoff. Use Amazon instead!
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    Trojan Condoms

    Safe is sexy, kids!
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    Rate My Professor

    Use Rate My Professor to check out reviews from past students. 
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    SparkNotes

    Avoid tearing out your hair and use SparkNotes to figure what the The Bard was going on about. 
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    Cheap, durable, and stylish, dorm essentials will keep you afloat your freshman year.
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    Retail, All Other General Merchandise Stores
    Costco = God's gift/sample paradise
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    Software, Computer hardware
    Affordable and durable, Hewlett Packard also offers great discounts for college students with their HP Academy Program.
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    The majority of your time in college, you will be broke. Save money on fun activities and restaurants with Groupon. 
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    Quizlet

    Save time making notecards with Quizlet and gain access to classmate's flashcards, too.
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    Manufacturing
    Healthy? No. Made with real food? Maybe! Cheap, easy to make, and a college staple? Yes.
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    Student Rate

    Use Student Rate to cash in on some amazing goodies at deep discounts! 
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    Evernote

    The ultimate note-taking app, Evernote lets you digitize and search for notes you took on paper on any media device. 
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    College life can be a money suck. Track your budget and spending through Mint.com.
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    Writing papers on a Mac just feels more efficient.
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    Easybib

    Forgot the rules of MLA citation? Have less than 5 minutes to write a bibliography? Easybib has you covered.
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    Study Room

    Miss last week's class? Join getstudyroom.com and get notes and study guides from fellow classmates.
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    Stay spazzy and nail the all-nighter with a Red Bull (or seven).
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    Consumer electronics
    Protect your precious gadgets with Speck Products's stylish protective cases. Your smartphone screen will thank you later. 
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    UNiDAYS

    Flash your student ID at UNiDAYS and enjoy discounts on everything from Urban Outfitters to Apple. 
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    Business Services, NEC
    Are you more of a listener than a reader? Download audiobooks or record lectures through Audible.
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    Seamless

    Late night munchies? Seamless makes ordering food from local eats... well, seamless. 
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    Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
    Get the Pack & Hold service and pick up your dorm essentials at a store near campus.
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    Two Buck Chuck sold next to tasty and affordable food? Trader Joe's has a loyal college following for a reason. 
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List Rules: Upvote the brands you think make best products for college freshmen