If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might’ve seen that I’ve been posting back to school hauls since I started blogging. My 2015 haul was one of my first posts, and one I’m still proud of, even though it was ruined during the import process when I went self-hosted.
Despite having written posts like this one previously, I wasn’t sure that I was going to do it again this year. You might’ve noticed that I left it very last minute, considering it’s the beginning of September and a lot of people are already back at school.
But I thought about it again recently, when I’d finally finished the back to school shop, and realised I really wanted to write one. It felt weird not uploading one during the summer, and it’s my last chance—at least for a couple of years—because I’m not going to university next September.
But alas, I won’t bore you with my rambling tendencies. Let’s get on to the haul…
Okay, I know this isn’t a stationary item, but look at it! I’m really happy with this purchase, especially as it only cost me £12 in Primark. Last year I was a massive fan of khaki green, but I wanted to tone things down a little this year, and I feel like grey will go with everything. It also has three pockets inside, which is super handy for days where I need to bring lots of stuff to college.
If you read my 2016 haul before importing it took away the pictures, you might’ve noticed that this is the same notebook I had last year. At £8 from Paperchase, it is a little pricier than what most people are willing to pay, but it worked great last year, so I splurged a little. I like to have all my information in one place, and considering I do nine units a year, this is perfect. The only downside is that the dividers don’t have pockets on them, so it can get a little messy with extra handouts if you don’t have somewhere else for them.
This probably sounds really weird, but I’ve been obsessed with pencil cases that open sideways instead of on top for ages. I owned a novelty ice-lolly one last year, but it didn’t really work, so I decided to go for a more basic one this year. This one opens completely, and has different compartments so I can store lots of different things in it without it getting too messy.
To-Do List & Notes Pad
These came as part of a set in Poundworld’s amazing summer stationary range. My diary for the year is way too small for writing to-do lists for assignments, so I figure this is a reasonable replacement until next year. The notes pad will also be handy for short notes, or as I have already been doing, making lists of blog post ideas!
Am I the only college student who seems to get through pens like they’re chewing gum? I swear I start the year with the best intentions, but it comes to Christmas, and I’ve lost them all.
For that reason, I decided against buying expensive pens this year. I also bought some last year and they fell apart within weeks, so it’s not a valuable purchase for me. Instead I bought the above two packets for less than £4 from my local B&M’s and I’m hoping they last the year!
These were the first thing I bought in preparation for college next year. I didn’t think £4 for four glue sticks was too bad, especially as they’re on-brand! I’ve also given one to my brother, as even despite being on a BTEC course, I don’t do enough cutting and sticking to use four glue sticks in a year. I’ve called dibs on the glittery glue stick, though, so that whatever I do need a glue stick for looks fabulous.
Other than the above purchases, though, I’m reusing a lot of the stationary I used at college last year. I used to buy everything new, year after year, but I don’t see the point anymore when there’s something just as good at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love stationary, but I also want to get better at using what I’ve got instead of buying new and forgetting about stuff, too.
If you did read this post hoping for some last-minute recommendations, then this probably isn’t very helpful. What I would say is go very basic initially, especially at college, as you’ll probably find out what you really need once you’ve been there a few weeks. Things I’ve found helpful, in addition to the purchases I made, are coloured pens for note taking and scissors!
Thanks for reading, and until next time,