It’s that time of year again… time to drag out the backpack, two minute noodles and that ridiculously heavy laptop because semester two of uni is almost upon us in Australia. Our blissful 6 weeks of holidays over the freezing winter time have come to an end and it’s time to start waking up in the AM once more.
Here are some of the things I consider absolutely essential to making uni as pain-free as possible as we go into the second part of the year.
1. Pencil case
Are your courses/assessments mostly online? Yes. Will you need a pen every week? No. Should you carry one, in order to masquerade as a reasonably successful adult and also to complete surprise pop quizzes that are distributed on paper? Yes. Yes you should.
2. Lunch box
Sure, cooking lunches (especially batch cooking them) is not always super fun. But, it saves you money and it teaches you to cook. Plus, you know exactly what you are putting in your body. No more running to the cafeteria during your breaks or in between classes- packed lunches are the way to go. I find I manage my time, budget and health a lot better when my lunches are done in advance.
3. Binder and plastic pockets
Again, I completely understand that not heaps of what you do at uni will be in hard copy. But having important readings and an in depth course guide that you can highlight and scribble on will help keep you on track to get those HD marks.
4. Paper diary
Essential for planning assessments out, knowing when your appointments are and counting down the days until your next break. Get a sleek, heavy, important feeling paper diary for maximum planning.
5. Coffee machine and a travel cup
I know coffee machines can be expensive, but there are actually some half decent ones you can buy that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Making your own coffee before you make your way to class means you have a better chance of staying awake on your commute (which equals +++ study time), saves you money, and bringing it in your own cup means you are saving the environment. It’s a win-win.
6. Wallet phone case
Instead of reaching behind yourself every two seconds to get your bank card/phone/myki from your back pack, get a wallet case for your phone. Put your travel card, bank card, student card and any concession cards or a formal form of ID in there. That way, everything you need is in the palm of your hand.
7. A sturdy backpack
I know that handbags are much more #fashun than backpacks, but backpacks are SO GOOD for carting everything around. Get one that will fit your laptop, chargers, lunch and a water bottle.
What are your uni essentials? Share them below.