Hello, fellow bookworms and friends! Okay, I’ve got to be honest with you — I’ve been having a hard time coming up with post ideas since my Summer Reading Challenge ended.
But since this blog is about literature and life, I figured it was time for a lifestyle post.
So, since the back to school season is upon us, I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I carry with me during the school year. These are the things I actually use throughout the school year, and next time, I’ll have a Fall Reading Bucket List for Back-to-School Part 2.
Without further ado, here is my Ultimate Back-to-School Essentials for Teenage Girls:
· 3-Ring Binders; Assorted Sizes and Colors
o I typically use one binder per “core” subject, and each one is color-coded to match and notebook.
o For classes that I anticipate fewer papers [Latin 3, for instance], I’ll purchase a 1-inch binder, but for AP Lang, I’ll use valuable backpack space with a 2-inch.
· 3 Spiral-Bound Notebooks
o Truthfully, only one or two classes really require their own notebooks.
o Spiral-Bound beats Composition any day [seriously, only get a Comp book if it’s required, they’re a pain].
o I know, I know. But seriously, almost every school assignment I get nowadays relies on the internet/computer access. And I’m not telling you to go out and buy a MacBook Pro – the Dell that I rent from my school for 75$ works just as well.
o Make sure that you have black and red. You don’t need blue pens, but black are pretty essential for formal writing assignments, and teachers like you to have red pens for editing assignments.
o Although you don’t need blue pens, I’ve heard that writing in blue ink supposedly helps with remembering information.
o I love gel pens. It’s a passion. They might be the sole reason I always copy my assignments down instead of the majority of “I’ll remember it” students.
o Get more than you will ever need. Seriously.
o I don’t care if you like mechanical pencils. At least get back-up lead, and always have a basic, No. 2, Ticonderoga Pencil on hand. Always.
o Also, have a pack of colored pencils on hand. They will come in handy more than you think.
o A pencil case. Preferably a big one.
o Even if you use the calculator on your phone, I’ve never met a teacher who allows “gadgets” out during class. The TI-84 is kind of the universal remote of the calculator world, but eventually, would will need to invest in a graphing calculator.
· A Giant Backpack
o Sure, now that all your binders are empty, they might fit inside your cute little backpack, but in the middle of February when you have endless loads of crap in your binders that your teachers won’t let you get rid of, you’ll suddenly be glad that you don’t have to carry half your stuff in your arms.
o You’re going to get a lot of homework. You’re going to remember it all. We’re not talking a dream diary complete with five pages of mood stickers and a rainbow gel pen, here; just something basic so you get all your assignments in on time.
· Hair Care
o A brush or comb will make you look and feel put-together, and all of your friends will be asking to borrow one.
o Hair ties and bobby pins, for lab days and gym class if nothing else.
o Deodorant or perfume, because gym class and puberty do not mix well.
o Lotion, for dry skin. Hand sanitizer, if you want, even though you’ll probably end up with a two month-long cold anyway.
o Pads and tampons. Both. You really shouldn’t wear a pad without a tampon lest it start leaking, and not all your female friends use tampons, either.
o Ibuprofen, it’s a god-send.
o Powder, if you use makeup in the first place, is good to touch up, especially when all your facial oils decide to sit on top of your make up and turn your face into the Vegas Strip. You could also get those oil-blotting sheets, but toilet paper works just as well.
o Lip balm, but Vaseline works even better, especially for chapped winter lips.
· Water. Always have water on hand. We all know the benefits of drinking a lot of water, and having it easily accessible will make you more prone to becoming a water-addict if you aren’t one already.
· A snack — whether your stomach is serenading you between classes or you’re staying late after school, food is usually a good idea.
· Five dollars. Just in case.
· A book, because not every teacher allows you to go on your phone after tests, and in case you’re ever just sitting kind of awkwardly with nothing to do.
· A sweatshirt. In case all of your classrooms have a different temperature, or if Aunty Flow comes