Hey again! This is the second installment in the Back to School Series. This time, as you saw in the title I will be focusing on University essentials. This has nothing to do with dorm room essentials I will cover that in another post. This is going to be general essentials, I will post a few supplies that may be needed for certain degrees but you will have to wait to receive a syllabus from your professor for further instructions.
A general list of supplies will be helpful, and you may be surprised with some of the things you find.
AGENDA! **(You thought I put emphasis on this in my high school list
its a lot different now. No matter what program you are in, or what you
are doing an agenda should be the one thing that never leaves your side.
You should keep this in your bag so that you have it when ever you need
to write something down. I know I said it will be a savior before but
its a lot different now, without it you will forget things. You will
have multiple readings for every class, no matter what program.)**
Pens, Notebook/Free Paper, Binder/if using paper (This is all depending
on what you decide to use but I would recommend having loose paper for
anytime you need to hand a question or small participation in lecture.
Also loose leaf paper/notebook is helpful in tutorials and practical
- Pencils (Again, similar to the high school list, this is mainly for scantron)
Highlighters (I found these much more helpful in university then I did
in high school. Since you buy your textbooks -even if you rent them- the
book store usually does not care if the book is highlighted -they only
care about water damage so do not drop your textbook in the bathtub or
toilet!- So highlighters will be very important for textbook readings
and note taking)
- Post-its (Yes post its! Buy them! You will need
them, similar to highlighters you will need them for textbook reading
and note taking)
- A laptop (This depends on how fast you can
type, or now well you can write short hand but if you feel comfortable
then I recommend typing your notes, it is much neater and more
- Printer (I personally recommend a small HP inkjet
printer that takes the big cartridge. Yes the ink is rather expensive
but it lasts on average 5000 prints which is amazing! The cartridge is
around $90 and the printer is about $100 but it is so worth it since one
cartridge will last you more then one year. The only con is it is not a
colour printer but with school you will rarely if you ever need need to
print in colour.)
- USB/Hardrive/Disks (If you are typing your
notes, and even if you are only planing on typing assignments, having
one or all of these devises will be a great help in making sure you do
not lose your 15 page essay when while you are finishing up on your 14th
page. BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP, I can not stress this enough. You need
to constantly save your work and back it up. Professors do not care if
your laptop stopped working, you should have backed it up! Even if you
do not want to invest in any of these I would recommend that you email
to yourself or use google drive, or cloud, anything that you are able to
access your work from another computer.)
- iClicker (Your
professor will let you know if the class is required to buy an iClicker,
and if you do they will be available in your school bookstore)
For other programs some things you may need are
- Lab coat and goggles (The Sciences)
- Calculator (Science and Math)
- Art Supplies (If an art student)
Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for more in the series!
Never Back Down!
Never Give Up!