It’s back to school tomorrow. Have you prepared your things? If you only have a notepad and a pen, then think again. Those were not the only things needed especially at the start of a semester. Here’s a checklist suitable for a college student. Most of these are the necessary things that should be in your bag.
-Filler Notebook. This is more than enough for you since there weren’t many notes in college. Most professors prefer photocopies of lessons, instead. If you’re a freshman, I advice you to still use ordinary notebooks rather than fillers. In this way, you can compile your notes for one particular subject in one notebook. Moreover, this would be helpful for reviewing your old notes once you take up your board exam (if you have one.)
-Pens. Yes, pens, as in many of it! There are times that a pen loses its ink at the exam day. Having a spare one helps. In terms of color, professors advice students to use either black or blue for taking exams, and red for checking. Since erasures are a big deal, you could use a pen with an eraser (if you have money for that).
-Highlighter. This is optional. Since didn’t borrow your textbooks anymore, you can highlight the important terms and ideas. In replacement of this, you could just use a pen to take notes beside the paragraphs.
-Yellow pad paper. Grade Six pad, intermediate paper or whatever you call it, these white papers are out! Yellow papers are in! Some professors who likes surprise test require their students to always bring this. So make sure you have one.
-Index cards measuring 1/8 and ½. These are asked by professors on the first meeting where you would write your name, course and year level, contact information and address. Other professors use this for recitation.
-I.D. pictures mostly measuring 1×1 and some 2×2. To avoid having a haggard face at your rushed I.D. to be submitted to your professor, better have your pictures ready as soon as possible. Asking your picture was the professors’ way to recognize you, so it is a must. It is advisable (especially for girls) not to wear too much make up for your I.D. picture that it is almost impossible to tell that it was you on the picture. Your natural, typical and everyday look is enough.
-Schedule or to-do list notebook. This is optional for you. But I’m telling you, having these help.
-Retouching/Hygiene kit e.g. alcohol, tissue, powder/foundation, cologne, comb, mirror and handkerchief/face towel (sanitary napkin for girls). You could also add extra tee-shirt if it still fits on your bag. Of course, you don’t want to look so haggard, right?
-Food (lunch/snack), water and some medicine like paracetamol. Having food and water ready with you not only saves you some peso, but also keeps you energized whenever you need it. The medicine could also be obtained from the clinic. But what if you’re location was far away from it? At least, you have one ready to be taken in, whether you’re in school or on your way home.
-Extra money. This is advisable especially if your house was far away from school. Whenever there’s something to be paid on the spot (mostly photocopy of book pages), you have budget for that.
-Cellular phone or list of contacts. Just as what was indicated in identification cards, “in case of emergency, please notify.”
If you think that this list wasn’t complete, then add the things that you thought you might need. Besides, it would still depend on your course. If art was your field, then you’ll need art materials like charcoal, watercolor, paint, pencils, etc.
I hope this list helped you on packing your things for school. Good luck on your first day!