Since many students recently returned or started college earlier this month, it only seems fitting that students who have yet to go college know some of the much-needed items that they should bring. Most of the items that are often needed are somewhat obvious, but having this list should be useful for students.
Some people may view this as one item that is not super necessary thanks to the library and the available computers there. However, there are some nights when a student may want to work out of the comfort of their home or dorm and in that case, a laptop would be very useful. Also, a laptop is great to have because it has all your work on it and can come in handy as an alternative to taking notes by hand during class (if the professor allows you to use it). Typically, a good laptop should range between $400.00 and $1,200.00.
With college comes many books and many books causes the need for a backpack to hold them all. Do yourself a favor and get a backpack! No one likes to try and lug all their books around by hand. Plus, a backpack makes it very easy to bring your laptop with you to class. A solid backpack should cost between $40.00 and $110.00.
Paper and Other Materials
Many colleges and professors have gone the route of being “paper friendly” which means that the majority of courses don’t require excess printing or the use of paper. However, in most scenarios paper is still very much needed. Students should have notebooks, binders, and other forms of paper when they begin college. Pens, pencils, and mechanical pencils are also essential items that will most definitely be needed. The price of these goods is not as important, though since the majority of those items are very cheap.
Everyone knows that college is a major expense, but many seem to overlook the expenses that come before you actually start. Begin planning early and get the much-needed items (especially the electronic items) so that you are familiar with them and don’t need to worry about getting them last minute.
*There are other items that will probably be needed (look at your syllabus or talk with your professor), but the point of this post was to state some of the obvious items (besides books and other things) and why they are important.