I am a firm believer that a school bag can be a serious life saver. We all lose our minds a little midway through semesters, but having a good bag, where you can keep all your important stuff, and have a good organization system will at least keep one aspect of your life in check. Today, I wanted to share my top picks for bags that are both functional and stylish. If you’re going to ace a test, or conquer a semester, you should look good while doing it! And if you’re not doing as well as you hoped, at least you’ll look like you know what you’re doing!
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Depending on your school level, your ideal bag might differ. For graduate level programs, a briefcase style is probably more ideal. For high school and early college years, a backpack may make your life easier. For college, especially your second half of college, a tote bag might seem more reasonable. Depending on your personality, decide which style is the most realistic and functional for you!
I used a backpack my first year of college, then I switched to a tote style the second semester of my sophomore year. I like the tote style better, as I felt it had easier access on the go. For law school, I recently invested in a leather messenger bag/briefcase style of bag with a laptop spot. Though some of the above bags seem steep in price, I would recommend investing in a really great, sturdy bag early, and keeping it for the years you’re in school. I would also suggest choosing something more traditional or staple, like a leather or a neutral so you don’t get sick of it after a semester or year. I would definitely caution against any seasonal prints!
What bag do you use for school?
I went school supply shopping yesterday, and it got me thinking about the whole ordeal of school supplies. I told my dad while I was shopping that I’ve finally figured out how I like to organize my classes, my work, and my supplies. I’ve been in school for roughly fifteen years, which is most of my life, and I just recently decided how I like my school stuff organized best. Over Jan Term I used the system I used my senior year of high school, and I remembered why I love it so much. It’s clean, organized, and efficient. Anyway, with the new semester beginning for a lot of people, especially those who have Jan Term, I wanted to share my favorite tote options, as well as how to best pack said tote.
Potterybarn’s Leather Tote // Monogrammed Longchamp // Vineyard Vines Tote // Vera Bradley // Longchamp tote // Kate Spade Tote
In my tote or backpack, I am constantly carrying gum, headphones, a phone or laptop charger, and a flash drive because you really never know when you’re going to need any of these items. I also carry my laptop usually because I may need to pull up a file in class, or if I get out earlier from class and have an awkward waiting period until my next class I can get some work done, whether it’s finishing a paper, a daily response, or just researching and blogging. I also prefer rollerball pens, gel highlighters, and these Kate Spade pencils are adorable!! I place all loose material, such as the pens, pencils, highlighters, and flash drive, in a pencil pouch. As for note taking and paper organizing, I carry a binder per class, with dividers labeled “assignments,” “exams,” and “supplemental reading.” In the back pocket I place a legal pad because I simply prefer this method for note taking more than loose binder paper or notebooks. Over the years, I noticed that notebooks get too bulky and unorganized if I do not have a binder to put papers in, but only one binder for all my classes also gets confusing and hard to organize. Organization is key for being efficient and completing all tasks I have in a day, so this is the way I organize! How do you like to organize for school?