Hello friends! I know I have been gone for quite some time; however, between camp and being at home for a little bit and then moving into a new place (rip RA life) starting a new job (hello desk assistant life), an internship, and seven classes… well, I hope you can understand.
If you’ve been following me on other various places of the internet, you’ll know that I started school again at UGA, and today I just wanted to share with you guys all of the materials I’ll be using for school this year! Books, supplies, how I organize my notes — all that stuff.
I’m not sure if this will help you, inspire you, or bore you, but hey here we go yayayay
I take notes both on paper and electronically, depending on the class. Regardless, I have a binder for almost all of my classes to hold handouts, notes, and other stuff I might receive from teachers. Since my professors don’t give handouts often, I use white ½ inch binders. So high-tech, I know.
I also use college ruled loose leaf paper. I used to use notebooks, but I felt like the binders were a little more sustainable; I can keep on reusing them and only buy paper when I need it. (Although I should mention that if you do use notebooks, you should reuse them each semester! I used one of my notebooks for three years.)
✏️ writing utensils
When taking notes in class, I tend to use Pilot G-2 pens. I have the 07s because they are cheaper, but I actually prefer the 0.38 size. I also use Bic mechanical pencils; they are the fine, 0.5 size. I don’t use them very often, but when I do write in pencil, I prefer these. Finally, my favorite writing utensils are my highlighters. I use Mildliners, which are double-sided highlighters. They aren’t super neon, they come in a variety of different colors, and I use them every day. They also don’t bleed through my paper too badly!
I have a lot of other writing utensils that I use sometimes (clearly I have a problem), but I keep two pens, a pencil, and a highlighter in my bag at all times. It’s really all I need.
✂️ other stuff
Some other school supplies — planner, scissors, stapler, three hole punch because professors give out papers but don’t punch holes in them seriously what the heck, clear tape, washi tape, exacto knife, stylus pen, and some other things.
Obviously, everyone has a computer and a phone, but here are some of specifics of those items!
I have a 13-inch Macbook Pro from 2015. I bought it refurbished from the apple store online pretty much right after the new one with the fancy slider and charging system came out, which made this one a lot cheaper. It works perfectly and I’ve never had any problems with it. It has 8GB of RAM and about 125 GB of storage.
I am a visual journalism major, so I use the Adobe Creative Cloud all the time. I use photoshop, premiere, after effects, bridge, and illustrator the most.
📷 camera + lens + sound
I use a Canon T5i and for my first DSLR camera, I really like it so far. It’s light and I know how to use it and it looks great with my vintage strap.
Sound is something I’ve recently had to invest in for my video journalism class. Before I was using this RODE attachment microphone, which I still really like; however, to help myself get used to it, I’m using my lavier microphone that I bought off of Amazon.
🗂 google drive
This seems a little silly to include in my blog post, but I thought I would share it with you guys anyways. I use my google drive religiously for school, especially because I take notes both on paper and on my laptop. This is where some might say I’m a little too organized, but I don’t care. Everything has a place, and there’s always a logical place for where something new would go. I know other people use OneNote or Evernote for their notes, but I think the google docs works just as well (if not better) and is easier to share with others.
That’s all for now, friends! I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and let me know in the comments below what school supplies you had to buy for your classes this semester.
You can follow me on all of my social media accounts @beccamariewrong, and I look forward to seeing you all next time!