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It’s back to school season ✏️ and I’m starting aseries of back to school posts!
Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite must-have essentials for school! I know, I know…school sucks but new school supplies are fun, right? I’ve always loved the beginning of a new school year/semester because it was like a fresh new start. It was a new opportunity to do well in school! Then three weeks into the semester, I regret it and start dragging my feet through the rest of the semester. Anyone else like that?
Anyways, these are the things that I found useful during my collegiate years and hopefully they inspire you! Also, good luck in school! You got this! 💪
Your laptop is pretty much your life in college so pick a good one! All of my assignments were done on computer, submitted online, and graded online. I know right? Technology these days. But it is what it is. Plus, it’s exciting getting your own portable computer! I went into college with a MacBook Pro and then spring semester of junior year, it crashed. Right in the middle of finals week too! What a shame… It lived a short 3 years. I ended up going out and purchasing a Macbook Air that summer and it is what I’m using right now to type this blog post! I’m not a very techy person (actually, I’m not a tech person at all!) but size/weight wise, I prefer my MacBook air! Space wise.. I miss my MacBook Pro.
A reliable and sturdy backpack was very important for me because I usually stayed at school in between classes to avoid re-parking my car. This means I would have to haul all of my study materials to school and back. I started off college with a regular backpack, nothing special. Turns out, the lack of padding wasn’t just doing it for me so I decided to upgrade to a backpack with better support. I got a Dakine backpack with a laptop slot to protect my laptop during travel. I can’t find the exact one I have but I’ll link similar ones here and here.
I’m also linking some of my favorite backpacks below:
♥I’m also obsessed with the North Face back packs! (here)
♥I lowkey might splurge on a Herschel backpack for nursing school. (here)
♥JanSport backpacks were always one of my favorites! I loved the ones with the brown suede looking bottoms! (here)
»Colored pens + highlighters + markers
I LOVE COLOR CODING AND HIGHLIGHTING THINGS. It makes studying fun and effective. I also learn by visuals so the colors really help me retain information. Get yourself a good pack of colored pens. I have the Pilot G2 pens in 0.7mm (Get it here). For highlighters, I recently discovered the Zebra mildliners in pastel colors (get it here). I instantly fell in love with the pastel colors because they were exactly the aesthetics I was looking for in my notes. There are also other colors I haven’t tried yet but they’re sitting in my Amazon cart as we speak! I might give in.. heh Markers were a must have for me (here are my favs). I used them to color code my notes, which made it more vibrant and eye catching. Who doesn’t love eye catching notes?
You don’t want to be one of those people without a pencil on exam day, right? Right.. Keep a pencil or two in your backpack just for incase. You never know! My favorite pencils are Pilot 2020 0.5 SuperGrip. You can’t get these at your local Target or Walmart but stationary stores like MaiDo sells them. Don’t have a MaiDo near you? You can also check them out here! It is on the pricier side but they last a very long time. Very good quality, 10/10 would recommend. Plus, you can amaze your friends by how the lead comes out by shaking the pencil. Yasssss 🙌
Everybody makes mistakes! Everybody has those days! I could not live without white out. Yes, I was one of those people that used white out on exams haha! But eventually I gave up and started crossing things out like a normal person cause I’d literally run out of time if I tried to white out every single mistake. But, with my notes, I wanted to keep it crisp and clean so white out was the way to go! I have the Costco pack and I’m still working on it.
I don’t think I could get through college without my planner. With school, greek life, social events and even personal time, a planner helped me stay sane. I went through so many planners and I finally found the one that works for me! The Happy Planner by Create 365// Me and My Big Ideas is one of my favorite planners to use (find it here). I love that it has three boxes per day, which allows me to space out my plans. I also unleashed my creativity into this planner with washi tape and the possibilities are endless. You can check out my favorite washi tape rolls here and here.
♥If you love the Erin Condren planner but don’t want to spend that hefty price tag, check out the dupe from Michaels (here).
♥Tjmaxx and Marshalls also have really cute and affordable planners!
I was a bio major in college and calculators were used more often than I imagined. I used mine in math, physics, and even my microbiology course! My favorite calculator is the Texas Instruments TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator (get it here) I didn’t really use my graphing calculator but the one I had was the Texas Instruments TI-84 Graphing Calculator in Grey (get it here)! All of my courses didn’t allow graphing calculators on exams and of course, no cell phones… so a good quality scientific calculator is a must have!
»External hard drives
External hard drives are not required in college but I highly recommend it. There may be a time where your laptop decides to crash *cries* and you lose all your work/memories. BUT if you regularly back it up and your computer decides to crash, then you’ll have a back up of your stuff! I learned my lesson and bought one when I got my new computer. On the Mac, you can use the app “Time Machine” that is already install on your computer to help you back up your whole hard drive onto the external hard drive. I got mine at best buy. They also sell it at stores like Costco, Target, etc.
In college, you are hardly alone. You have roommates, housemates, apartment mates..even in the library, you are surrounded by people. Some people are just loud af and inconsiderate so THATS WHY earphones are a must. Let music block out the sounds and let you resume in studying! I have the Apple earpods that came with my iPhone 6.
»Whiteboard + good quality whiteboard markers
During my last few semesters of college, I realized that whiteboards were the perfect way for me to study. As a bio major, I had a lot of information to remember and the way that helped me remember was repetition. A lot of things require practice and a white board was a great way to practice! Practice makes (almost) perfect, right? I got this gigantic whiteboard from Costco and the space is infinite. I recommend getting different colored whiteboard markers because it helped me color code and draw everything out. I didn’t get A’s on my exams but I didn’t fail either. 😉
»Reusable water bottle
A reusable water bottle is important to keep hydrated during your day at school. My campus had these “hydration stations” that made it super easy to refill your water bottle. It was pretty cool cause it kept track of how many plastic water bottles you are saving by using the hydration station. I tested out various water bottles but one of my favorite was the Sip by Swell bottle from Target (get it here). It kept my water cold all day and there were so many cute colors. You can also put hot liquids in there so if you like hot and cold drinks, this is the bottle for you!
What are your back to school essentials? Let me know below in the comments!
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❤ , TIFF
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