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What "school supplies" will I need in college?

lilenzlilenz Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
Besides the obvious: laptop, laptop case, pencils, notebooks, backpack...what else do you think I will need to stay as organized/prepared as possible?
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Replies to: What "school supplies" will I need in college?

  • PhilpsychPhilpsych Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    Hm...personally I carry 1-2 pens and pencils in my bag, and as long as I have that I'm okay. Ideally I use my backpack to store materials for all my classes in that given day (though I'm taking four on TTh next semester so I may have to change that). I also have a 1-inch binder for each class, but that's just my preference.

    As a side note, it might help to wait to buy textbooks until you get to class (to see if it's necessary), especially if they're really expensive, but I've tried it both ways and found that I really dislike the stress of not having my book for the first week or so of classes. It's up to you.

    Hope all of this helps!
  • preamble1776preamble1776 Registered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    A mini stapler can come in handy - I've had professors who would deduct points from assignments if they were turned in without a staple (i.e. just bent at the corner, or used a paper clip, etc.)

    Highlighters help; especially for studying/reviewing notes.

    Depending on your major, flashcards can be of tremendous value.
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,613 Senior Member
    Your school clicker.
  • lilenzlilenz Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Not sure if this matters, but I am majoring in psychology.
  • PhilpsychPhilpsych Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    I am as well. Can't think of anything additional that a psych major would need, at least at the moment.
  • mjrube94mjrube94 Registered User Posts: 413 Member
    A good day planner, and one of those 4-colored pens. Use one color for each of your classes so it's obvious at a glance what needs to be done for what.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 3,290 Senior Member
    A good date book into which you can staple all syllabi, write down your assignments and keep track of appointments and phone numbers. I used one that ran the academic year until I entered the work force, I then returned to the academic year model when my kids entered school. I know many people keep this info on their phones, but there's something to said for saving it visually and in hand.

    Also, I used a separate spiral notebook for each class, rather than the 3 or 5 subject ones so I only had to bring the ones I needed any given day - I was a commuter student and took the subway into Manhattan for work each day either before or after school. I would staple a copy of the syllabus into each notebook as well.
  • WildLupineWildLupine Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Most schools sell planners specific to the institution. They have all of the holidays, etc. integrated into the calendar. Of course, paper calendars are pretty old school. Many people have switched to electronic calendars such as the one provided by gmail, which have the benefit of never getting lost and also allow you to set reminders so you are aware of upcoming deadlines. You can also move items easily to the next day if you didn't finish everything on your list.

    Little packs of Kleenex may be nice to keep in your backpack, particularly if you have allergies! Every student seems to have a reusable water bottle (put your name on it if you want to have it for more than a few days!). I agree with @preamble1776 about the mini stapler--students forget to staple their "hot off the printer" papers before coming to class, so if you pull out your mini stapler both your peers and your prof will thank you. Plus, post-it notes are extremely handy.
  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,641 Senior Member
    I use a calendar app. I don't think a physical planner is necessary.

    A scientific calculator is nice to have. You'll probably loan it out at least five times since most people take math and/or some quantitative based course in college and the tests for these classes often require a calculator.

    I have a knock off leatherman in my backpack. One of those things that comes in handy at random times. If you do get one, make sure it has a pair of scissors on it.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,805 Forum Champion
    Thumb drive
  • saif235saif235 Registered User Posts: 1,042 Senior Member
    edited July 2016
    I generally carry
    - a notebook
    - a folder
    - a couple of pens
    - a pencil and eraser
    - a graphing calculator
    - a USB drive
    - my clicker
    - my laptop or tablet depending on the class
    - required texts depending on the class

    Some stuff that's useful to have in the dorm
    - stapler
    - tape
    - scissors
    - multicolored pens
    - whiteboard and whiteboard markers
    - copy paper
    - lined paper
    - printer (if the school printers are far away or expensive)
    - scanner (same conditions as above)
    - large computer monitor
  • readingclaygirlreadingclaygirl Registered User Posts: 2,213 Senior Member
    Definitely a planner. Index cards if you like flash cards or an app like Quizlet that serves the same purpose. Stapler. Paper clips. Scissors. Flash drive. Post it notes. Highlighters if you find them helpful.
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,912 Senior Member
    Remember that you're not going to the outback. Your school bookstore will have anything you forget
  • PhilpsychPhilpsych Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    ^^Yup, @stradmom is right. Mine even has cleaning supplies!
  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,641 Senior Member
    @stradmom at about 5X the price of a normal store.
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