Wednesday, 18 April 2018

School Series: Backpack Essentials for College Students

     Hello everyone. I apologize for ignoring my blog last month. I've been going through a really dark time with my mental and physical health and I just needed time for myself. But I am back into the blogosphere.
  Today, I bring to you a post about the backpack essentials for college students as well as some of my own personal tips and tricks. I hope you enjoy this post and if you do please remember to give this post a +1 on Google+, leave me a comment and share it with all your friends.

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1. Your wallet
     The last thing you want to do is go out for lunch with friends after classes are over only to find out that you left your wallet at home. For me it's absolutely humiliating to either ask my Dad to send me money or to ask a friend to pay for my food. Obviously, I pay my friend back ASAP but it's still hugely embarrassing. Be proactive and keep it with you at all times.

2. Your keys
     Being a college student means that often you'll be going in and out of your dorm or even leaving campus for doctors appointments etc. I have a carabiner that has all my keys on it. I also have a unique keychain on mine for easier identification in case it get's lost. This is also what blind people do, in order to recognize things they own.

3. Headphones or earbuds
     It's absolutely vital to have earbuds or headphones with you because they are the perfect accessory if you're at a coffee shop and you need to get into your zone without all the distractions of the environment around you. It's also a good thing to have when you have to be out somewhere but you don't want to be bothered. 9/10 people won't approach you if you have your earbuds in. If you only have one in, as I commonly do, people may come up to me but most of the time they don't. One earbud in means you don't mind some distractions. Two earbuds in means you do not want to be bothered. 

4. Your laptop, cell phone and chargers
     Even if you weren't planning on using it it's always a good idea to have it on hand so you can follow along the lecture better if your professor puts on the power point presentations online before class begins. This is what I did in social psych. I listened to the teacher speaking while following along at my own pace, writing by hand the slides verbatim. Writing things by hand helps me remember things better.
     It's always a good idea to have your phone on you in case of an emergency. And having all the necessary chargers will ensure that nothing dies on you during class or a study session etc.

5. Flash drive
     Always have all your work backed up on a flash drive in case your laptop crashes or the school's wifi isn't working.

6. Binder or notebook
     If you're like me who remembers things better you must have your binder or notebooks with you. It's always embarrassing when you have to ask a classmate for a piece of paper (high school much?) Along the same lines make sure you have pens, pencils, highlighters, white-out on hand.

7. Planner
     The best students are the organized students. Sure an app on your phone may work but I highly recommend investing in an actual planner. You can get planners basically everywhere. My planner is a Passion Planner. It's a little expensive but it's worth every cent.

8. Healthy snacks and drinks
     Having something like trail mix on hand is always a good idea because learning is exhausting and having a healthy snack with you will help you from making bad junk food choices. While some people say gatorade is unhealthy it actually is borderline healthy/unhealthy. It's unhealthy with the amount of sugar in it but it does helps immensely with electrolytes. Vitamin Water is another good idea.

9. Feminine products
     The last thing you want is for your menstrual cycle to come by surprise. It's even worse when you don't have any pads or tampons with you. Keep at least four of each as a emergency stash because you can help other girls out too. Having hair ties on hand too is a smart idea in cause you get that awful feeling of wanting to tie your hair up and you don't have anything to use for that. Lotion, hand sanitizers and travel perfume are also good ideas.

     So there you have it. Backpack essentials for college students. As always, don't forget to give it a +1 on Google+, follow me on all my social media sites, and let me know what you would like to hear about next.  I love you all. See you next week!

~Poodle
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