WARNING: This is a very text-heavy post. I’ll share some pictures of this year’s school supply “haul” if it helps :) So, with the pictures, this is probably my longest post to date. Sorry!! But really not sorry because I mean…I like sharing. :)
Almost everything I bought. I got a few more things after I took this picture :)
I got this giant calendar from Mardel – for those who don’t know, it’s a teacher supply store. It says desk, but I am going to use it on my wall to map out my semester assignments and tests, and anything else like appointments!
From Staples, I got folders, a notepad for Cornell-style notes (it’s actually a project pad that I am going to cross out a couple things on), my favorite pastel paper, some plain paper, a pack of my favorite pencils, and a Poppin Pebble eraser!
From Walmart, I got an even larger pack of the same pencils, a pack of Sharpies that were a STEAL, and a composition book, because, why not?
From Target, I got a pack of markers just because, and the lunchbag that matches my backpack! Isn’t it adorable?!
I got two appliques for my backpack to spruce it up a bit, and this is my new pencil bag I made!
Here’s a close up of it. These hexagons were honestly HELL. to get them all done. I stabbed my fingers twice with my needle. But it was nice to do some hand sewing for once in a world of computerized machines.
Here’s a glimpse of the inside zipper pocket for my lead and eraser. How handy is that?
It’s almost time for the fall semester to start! It feels like summer flew on by for me, because I’ve been in classes all summer. I took Sociology, Spanish 1, and I am almost done with Spanish 2 and Psychology. I’ve been busily getting supplies for the fall and coming up with ways to organize so I can make this my best first semester in the Education program! Below is my supply list. I didn’t get everything (yet) and some I have from previous semesters.
- Mechanical pencils, pens of choice, highlighters – Now is the time to invest in a really nice writing pen for your notes! Or, take notes with regular cheapo ballpoint pens that you can get for $1 or less per pack, and then as a study aid, recopy your notes in colors, etc, however you want them into a “study notebook”. Just a quick note: I LOVE Sharpie retractable highlighters, and am currently on my second pack. I didn’t buy anymore yet because they are still working pretty well. I guess I didn’t wear them out so much this time around.
- Binder, dividers – I only had a binder because the course packet for my math class was almost 200 pages! I ended up keeping my other syllabi and some assignments behind dividers as well. I did buy a cute little binder, and I have some Martha Stewart dividers I got on clearance in the spring semester that I just need to change the labels on.
- Paper – looseleaf (pastels, anyone?), copy, whatever you want really.
- Folders – I switch between binders with pockets and folders, and I usually go back to folders. I got a few from Staples that are super cute! The hardest part will be deciding which one to use for each class!
- Mini stapler & extra staples – Just buy a regular box of staples and break up the strips! It’s possible to make friends in your classes just by being the guy or girl with the stapler when that 10-page paper is due. I bought a new one this time around because my old one is kinda sorta broken.
- Planner – Get one. Write all your assignment due dates in it and other important dates. I splurged and got the one I really wanted – a Vera Bradley (that’s actually the exact one I got in the link)! It was a spur of the moment thing when I was on campus in the bookstore one day.
- Backpack – Invest in one that won’t fall apart on you. Don’t be the typical girl with the same Vera Bradley as 15 other girls. It’s just not cute anymore. I bought mine at Staples when some of their backpacks were 50% off.
- Water bottle – All of my classes have allowed food and drinks in class, except Biology labs for obvious reasons. There will be people eating Chicken Express or Pizza Hut in class. Do not fall prey to this and bring your own! More on easy snacks to bring in a future post!
- Small notebook(s) – I like these for writing out my homework/tests for the week, and for jotting down little notes.
- Laptop – The only laptops I have experience with are HP. I do not care for Dell, Lenovo, or Toshiba. Obviously, if you have the money, get a MacBook, but I will firmly stand by my HP Envy with its purple keyboard cover!
- Bag/Case for laptop – I found my bag at Staples, and ordered my hard shell case through Amazon. I need a new one because I broke one of the clips that hooks the top on one side, but it worked great! I’m getting the same one in a different color.
- Printer – Again, I give this one to HP. We had a Lexmark before that worked GREAT, but it was too expensive to keep toner in it. I have an HP inkjet currently and the ink is super cheap. Be sure to pick up extra ink BEFORE that paper is due!
- Tablet – I waited until the iPad mini came out. It’s perfect for me and my academic needs. I’ve had it for a year and a half now, and I still love it.
- Bag/Case for tablet – I have four different cases for my iPad, and two of them do not cover the screen, so I have a neoprene sleeve for the days when I use those. Otherwise, I use my rotating case (link).
- Phone case – Please, please, please do NOT be one of those people who thinks your phone is invincible. It’s not. Get a protective case and put it on your phone. I currently have an Otterbox Defender, but I accidentally dyed it blue when I was dying my hair. I’m looking at a Graft Leverage i5, and the price looks pretty good on Amazon.
- Calculator – Check the requirements for your math class before investing in one of the graphing calculators. I had mine from high school, but I couldn’t use it in any of my math classes – or, it wasn’t helpful, I should say. In Algebra, we really couldn’t use them, so I had to buy a non-graphing one. At least it’s pink. For the THEA (required to enter the Education program at UTA), I had to have a plain 4-function calculator. I just used one they had at the testing site.
- Case for calculator – I don’t have one, and had planned on making one, but I’m done with math! :D
- Headphones – Helpful during study sessions!! I had some SkullCandy UpRock headphones in purple, but with me just tossing them into my backpack all the time, they kinda broke…I’m stuck with my Apple earphones until I can buy another pair. I’m eyeing the DNA’s in pink or blue. I’ve tried them out in the store before, and they sound really nice. However, for budget’s sake I may just get another pair of UpRocks. I love how they sound. Why do I always have to end up breaking my good headphones?!
- Flash Drive – You never know when you might need it. I keep seeing 8GB for 6 or 7 dollars right now, and that’s a good amount to start with.
Nice to Have
- Pencil Bag – I DIY’ed my own here, but I also use a smaller makeup bag when I don’t need everything (like for the summer intercession)
- Expanding file – keep those important papers that you don’t want to carry around all the time, like all those graded papers, especially if a grade is input wrong and you need to prove to your professor that you made an A and not a C.
- Labelmaker – It’s just handy. Trust me on this one.
- Page flags and sticky notes – Sticky notes I tend to use as reminders for assignments coming due or to jot a quick note if my professor mentions something as we’re leaving class. Page flags are helpful, but I don’t use them much, mostly to mark my place in a textbook, notebook, or planner. Use either when you have an open book test to mark the sections you need so you can find them quickly and easily.
- Index cards – Some people like making flashcards. I don’t do it as much as I should. I’m a study guide type of girl.
- Whiteout – I get the roller tape usually, and it’s really nice to have when you actually splurge and get the ones that don’t crap out on you. Or is that just me?
- Emergency Kit – I talked about this in my last back to school post and I actually got the idea from The College Prepster. I have made changes so it’s better customized to my needs, and it’s so perfect to toss in my backpack when I need it!
- Gum – because gum. Or mints. Whichever floats your sailboat.
- hand sanitizer – Because germs. Eww.