School’s fast approaching, and with just a few short weeks of summer left, there’s sure to be a scramble for school supplies at the last minute.
Last year, I started my semester (or, for you UK people, term) alright; I had pencils and pens; what else would I need? The answer: a lot. Toward the last few months of school, I started getting into the habit of being organized with my notes and work, and making sure I had sufficient resources and tools to do assignments the way I’d like them, the way they’d help me study later on.
There are certain things that everyone needs to perform to their best academic abilities. It’s different for everyone, but for me, I’m basically useless without my essentials. So what’s on my school supply list for this year?
Here are some things—both academic supplies and personal care supplies—that get me through the school year.
PaperMate Flair Felt Tip Pens
These bad boys are my savior. I write my notes in them every single day in every single class, and by the end of the year, they’re still good as new. The colors are pretty, too, which makes studying a bit easier on the eye. Never have I ever written notes in pencil; for me, it’s boring to look at, and therefore impossible to memorize. Bright colors are key! I use at least three colors per page.
PaperMate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils
The only pencils I will ever use in my entire life. I’ve been using the same one for one and a half years; it doesn’t wear down. The eraser is just perfect, and if you’re like me and need your handwriting to look smooth and clear, this pencil is everything.
Mead Cambridge Edition Planner
This is just my personal preference. Some people don’t even use planners, so really, it’s all up to you. This planner helps me stay super organized by literally planning my schedule down to the half hour. It’s weekly and monthly, which I love, because I can plan the small day-to-day assignments as well as big deadlines such as tests. Personally, I’m super picky about planners, so if this one doesn’t work for you, find one that does!
Sharpie Accent Highlighters
Okay, obviously you’ll need highlighters. Sharpie is just my personal favorite because of how bright and transparent they are; they don’t cover the text, and they aren’t dull. When annotating, I use a different color for every category—blue for characters, green for setting, pink for dialogue, etc.—and since these come in packs, it’s perfect.
These tiny things are lifesavers. If you’re flipping through a textbook or novel and find something that might be of use later, slap one of these bad boys on the side of the page. It’s better than trying to remember page numbers, dog-earring, or even writing the numbers on your hand, especially if the book doesn’t belong to you.
Kipling 100 Pens Case
OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING TO EVER EXIST AND I AM GETTING EXCITED JUST THINKING ABOUT IT??!! It’s a pencil case (though it can be used for makeup brushes too) that holds 100 PENS. ONE HUNDRED. Never limit yourself again! Never carry two pencil bags again!! Stay organized! It’ll even hold other things, such as headphones, lipstick, tape, and gum. Bonus: it comes in so many colors, and has a cute little monkey zipper! IT’S MY LIFE NOW.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
Some more really great note-taking/highlighting pens! I like to stick to the neon collection for these, because they’re cheaper and I use them more. They’re ultra-thin and write super smoothly, and essentially a dream pen.
Yoobi 8 Color Retractable Ballpoint Pen
Can you tell that I’m lowkey pen-obsessed? Okay, but seriously, last pen, I promise. This is just one pen with eight colors that you can switch around with in it. I love this for when I have teachers who lecture really fast and I don’t have time to dig through my pencil bag for a new color.
I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. BRING HEADPHONES TO SCHOOL! You never know what you could need them for; assignments in the computer lab, discreetly playing on your phone during class, anything. Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, bring them just in case. Really. If you’re having a bad day, listen to your favorite pick-me-up song in between classes. If you sit alone at lunch, headphones and music are your companion. If you finish a test early and have nothing to do—boom, headphones.
Whichever is your favorite, buy a pack and stick it in your backpack. Chew it after lunch so you still smell fresh and clean, chew it after gym class so no one knows you’re crying tears of sweat. I usually have two to three packs of gum, because I just know that as soon as I pull it out for a stick, the entire classroom will be asking me for a piece.
Bring water to school!! Do it! Even if you don’t think you’re going to drink it, bring it. Sip on it in class, and by the end of the day, you won’t feel as lethargic and unfocused. It helps you concentrate during tests and in class, plus, it keeps your skin fresh and flawless!