Since we are in August (well actually August is almost over), and university is slowly creeping up I thought I would begin to write some university posts. The first of course is my university school supply list! Here are my essentials and what I purchase every year or get ready for the year.
Agenda / Planner. I use this to mark down EVERYTHING. What lecture topics were for the day, when assignments are due, which topic we did in the lab this week, finals, grades, personal appointments, and even blogging schedule goes in here. You need to purchase a really sturdy one that fits your needs. In my widget below I have the Kate Spade one. I really like it and have purchased it for this school year.
NoteBooks / Binders. I used to go binders all the way, but since I save files from professors now rather than get a printed one I use a Five Star 5-subject note-book. I usually write down lecture notes, so terms stick in my head. I take the max amount of classes so I need one notebook to hold it all together.
Padfolio. I Got a decent one for free from my summer internship position. Personally though I wanted to upgrade it, and so I am looking into buying a neutral toned one (besides black) and the shape I like for in the future when I have meetings and interviews. This is perfect for fourth year students, finishing up university and also great for business students, or the student who doesn’t need a whole lot of writing room.
Writing Utensils. Pens, pencils, high lighters, white-out and everything else under the sun. I usually have plenty from the year before to sue the following year. I purchase the fine tip pens. I cannot write notes fast enough with medium. I think it is a head thing. Fine tip is actually hard to find, but it is pretty easy too on Amazon. Let me know your favorite utensil brand/make to write with below!
Textbooks. These I grab for free online (like I mentioned before in & Things I learned as a Computer Science Student), and I try to buy used from previous owners who advertise on Kijiji. You do not need a brand new book. That is always worst and last case scenario. I purchase by semester, and not for the whole year. So you can resell books in-between and make some cash before you buy another one.
An external hard drive/flash drive. Every student needs one of these. Even if it is just to back up your laptop. Saving papers, work, and assignments is extremely important, so you should have a USB or external hard drive to back up your files too. I have two computers so the bigger the hard drive the better for me.
Sticky notes, flags & Cue Cards. Perfect for those moments you want to save something in a textbook and not ruin the resale value. Perfect for studying terms and other items that are more about memorization.
Large School Year Calendar. I put this on the wall in my room, as a constant reminder for what is coming up and what needs to be done. I have a reusable laminated one, and so I can just wash it off. If you need the structure in your life, this is a perfect way to get started.
You can find all the items I have recommended here on Amazon!
- Clean out my laptop/USB. I zip up all old classes, remove files that are all half done and no longer needed, and set up folders for the new school year stuff.
- Clean out my school email. I get rid of notices from old classes and emails that are not important to keep.
- Clean out my backpack/laptop purse. Cleaning all those paperclips out that are lying around, and re-organizing pens and other back pack / purse essentials.
- Start a new school playlist. I usually start a new playlist for the bus ride home and there. I also have a study playlist.
So hopefully this helps you to not over spend on school supplies. There is always a discount somewhere to be found, and you might as well use items around the house you have not used up yet. So comment below what are your favorite school supplies to purchase, and how do you keep yourself organized for the year.