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5 Things Under $10 that Every College Girl Needs

1. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

These pens are the most amazing pens I have ever used. They come in a variety of colors and I have the neon pack. They are great for color-coding notes and your planner. These are a little over $8 and can be bought at stores like Target, Office Max, and even Amazon.

2. Planner

Planners come at all costs, but this one is great and under $10. Planners help keep all of your assignments and meetings organized in one place. You can even use the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens to write all of your assignments down. These 3can be bought almost anywhere, even the grocery store.

3. Pepper Spray

I wish this wasn’t on my list of things needed for college, but it is. Pepper Spray is a must for women at universities throughout the nation, as a form of protection and a mechanism that gives me an additional sense of safety on my walks around campus. These can be purchased at almost any store and if you can only get one thing on this list, this would be my pick.

4. Water Bottle

Having a water bottle on campus is a must because you need to stay hydrated and not have to use plastic water  bottles every day that are harmful to the environment. Moreover, this is more convenient for students because this water bottle can be hooked onto a backpack with a clip quiet easily.

5. ID or Card Holder

I have a key card and a student ID. Whether you live on campus or not, you will still have a student ID and you’ll need a place to keep it. This is something I have on me as much as I have my phone on me! These can be bought most places and several designers, such as Vera Bradley, have a variety of slightly more expensive options.

Hope you find these items help when planning your supplies for next year!





One thing that I would advise students to have is a planner. It is vital to keep track of classes, assignment submission  and testing dates. You can also keep important phone numbers and family occasions. A planner will help keep you organized with all important information in one place. I would also suggest that student have faith in their abilities and be determined to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.


College can be crazy. It can be difficult at times to find the balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Sometimes we tend to “over schedule” ourselves, which is never a good thing. Personally, I feel like there is one key tip that unlocks the perfect balance between all your commitments.

And what is it? Use a planner!

You’ve probably heard this multiple times, but I can’t stress the importance of using a planner enough! Mine is literally my life! I write everything down, from when my next test is to what I’m doing this weekend. I feel that I have to jot down all my responsibilities for the week, because there is no other way I’m going to remember any of them.

As far as what type of planner I like to use, I prefer a traditional planner that allows me to write all my notes down with pen, but you don’t have to use what I do! A lot of people will use the calendar on their email to keep straight what they have going on and on what days. Or you can use the calendar on your phone, which might be a more convenient option because we always have our phones on us!

Whatever type of planner you use, get into the habit of using it on a daily or hourly :) basis. It will make your life so much simpler!


For college there are two things I recommend getting besides the obvious textbooks. That is a planner and a flash drive. These two things will save your life in college. The planner kept me organized and reminded me of what I had to do each day and when assignments were due. I like to be organized and this was something I learned at a very young age and it went with me through college and probably the rest of my life. Now, a flash drive. It is a good source for saving your documents. Also, keep back ups. When I save items I usually save it to my flash drive, desktop, and dropbox/email. You never know when technology decided to fail. Next thing you know your screwed on an assignment that is due the next day and you had a couple weeks to work on it. Learn from my mistake and just be cautious.



by Alumni Posts September 28, 2011

In high school, I didn’t really need to have good time management because I didn’t have a lot to worry about. I could have time for clubs, sports, classes, friends, have time to go to Friday night football games, and still get good grades in all my classes. Coming into college, I never realized how […]

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