School starts in two weeks, and if you’re like me, you’re probably ordering books and buying school supplies. If you aren’t, you are probably doing the more fun option, such as laying out by the pool and enjoying what is left of summer.
But when you are ready to put you mind into “school mode,” I have some great suggestion for some must-have school supplies that will make you the most prepared student in class (even if you do wait until the last minute to snag these items).
Planners and Calendars
Sure, it is so easy to put everything on your phone these days, but, it might be a good idea to write down assignments, events and other commitments. That way on the off-chance your phone runs out battery, you have a hard copy back up. Besides, nothing feels more rewarding than physically crossing off an item on your to-do list with a thick, red marker.
Water Bottles and Tumblers
Walking around campus can take a lot out of you, especially here in Southern California where it stays relatively warm all year. Keep yourself hydrated and be environmentally friendly by bringing your own water bottle. You can fill up at the many Brita filtered water stations in the Bronco Student Center or the other hydration stations throughout campus.
Scantrons and Blue Books
You will definitely need test materials at some point in the quarter. Get them early on and you can be at least a little prepared for any pop quizzes that come your way. It will save you the embarrassment of being that girl or guy asking if anyone has a scantron on the day of a test.
Hole Punchers and Staplers
Most professors don’t hole punch papers before they hand them out to you. So if you want to keep everything neat and tidy, keep things organized by with a hole puncher in your binder. Most classrooms don’t have staplers, so you will need your own mini stapler for all of your assignments.
Note:There are some school supplies that are specific to each major. For example, journalism students like me always carry around a recorder and the AP Style Guide. Check with your professors and advisers to find out what you should invest in for your major.
Happy shopping and good luck with the start of the quarter!