Sunday, 7 August 2016

Back to College Stationery Haul!

It's officially that time of year again - preparing to go back to school or college! You might be thinking, ''I still have a month of left my holidays, leave me alone Aveen!'' yet I feel you can never prepare too early for going back in September. 

As I will be starting my second year in college, I now realise what stationery I actually need for my college course (primary teaching). Last year I went slightly insane buying every and any piece of stationery I could place my hands on. (Including a page hole puncher which I have not yet used). This year however, I was more sensible thankfully! 

To start with, I bought a school bag from the Roxy website. Even when I was in secondary school I always had to have a Roxy school bag. I found them so spacious, stylish and comfy to lug my heavy books around in. Needless to say, this ethos hasn't changed so I bought a floral patterned bag this year. Funnily enough, the bag matches the pencil case I bought in Penneys/Primark! (not in that photo but in normal daylight they match). 

For lectures and tutorials I always bring refill pads to write notes or to occasionally doodle. I tend to buy refill pads with dividers in them and you can label each section according to each subject. Due to the amount of modules I study each semester I usually need 2 refill pads with 5 dividers in each. I find it a lot easier coming up to exam and assignment time to study as I know where my notes are. 

I picked up some sticky tape with dispensers (you never know when they will come in handy). I got two so I have one for my bedroom at home and one for my room in Limerick. Likewise I bought two sets of sticky notes so I won't have to carry extra things around when I'm travelling to-and-from at the weekends. 

Blue tack is also a great investment to get. I found I went through a lot of blue tack when I was teaching on placement last semester. As a result I keep blue tack with me at all times during college time. 

I also bought two lever-arch folders for future placements later on in the college term, along with the poly-pockets to go in the folders. Sharpies were also on special offer in Tesco (where I also got the majority of my stationery, their section of stationery is just a dream!) so I picked a pack of them up, along with pens, pencils, an eraser and highlighters. 

I also find that light plastic folders are great for keeping any hand-outs or notes you might be given in tutorials or lectures. Depending on the subject, I could get several handouts from my tutors or lecturers. Keeping them in the small plastic folder is great especially coming up to exam time as you know exactly where the notes are. 

I also picked up two smaller notepads, one will be for writing down my 'homework' or my to-do list whilst in college. In some lectures we're asked to study readings in advance of the next tutorial or lecture so I'll most likely write down the necessary information in one of the notepads so I can keep on top of my work. 

I hope this has helped anyone starting college as a guiding point for what to buy as regards to stationery. If you aren't sure what to get (regardless of your college course) a refill pad and a few pens/pencils is always an excellent starting point. I think with my course I go through a lot more stationery than the average college student, I feel as though I spend the college year just stocking up on stationery!

Have you gotten any cute stationery or notebooks for going back to school or college?
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Aveen x


  1. Loved this post! Found it so helpful especially since I'm going into college and have no idea what I need to start picking up!

    1. Thanks so much Ailbhe! Best of luck with your results next week, you'll sail through! :) Then the fun of buying for college begins! :)

  2. It's strange because I never really did stationery myself, not when I was at school, at college or at uni. At school I used to carry a pen in my pocket and that was that, I didn't even take a school bag! For uni, it was just my rucksack with my books in and we always had handouts for class so all my notes went on them.

    I just never got the point of stationery haha. Not that I don't enjoy browsing it in the shop, I just never buy it.

    That's not to say I don't own more pens and post its than any human might need, because I am the queen of getting the free pens.

    1. I'm always amazed when I see my friends produce a pen from their pocket, I always have a tonne of stationery with me in lectures. I've so many random free pens around my desk from all sorts of places too, I look at them and just question where they came from! :)

  3. I love your backpack, Aveen! It's so cute! Love reading/watching stationary hauls. I can't wait to make my own purchases in the next couple of days.

    1. Thanks so much Guilianna! I got the bag on the Roxy website, they do such gorgeous bags. Do a haul of any stationery you buy, I love looking at hauls too :)

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