13 College Bookstore Purchases And What They Say About You

13 College Bookstore Purchases And What They Say About You

Your college visit purchases say a whole lot about how you feel about the school.

On every single college visit, I had to visit the bookstore and normally came home having purchased something. Recently, I've had a few students shadow me on campus, and I took each of them to the bookstore to purchase some souvenirs.

Although at times I found it difficult to discern whether they were enjoying their visit or not, I found the easiest way to tell was by observing their purchases. Lots of merchandise definitely meant a lot of interest, but what do smaller purchases mean?

What you buy at a college bookstore says a lot about how you feel about the school as a whole. So, here's a break down of what each item means:

1. A t-shirt

College t-shirts are definitely a classic. Sometimes, this means, "I like the school, but I might not get in." T-shirts are a way to rep the school, without too much commitment.... or maybe you're just looking for another square for your college t-shirt quilt.

2. A sweatshirt

Once you get into sweatshirt territory, prices are starting to get a little higher. This tends to mean "I'm seriously considering going here" or "I really hope I get in." Worst comes to worst, this sweatshirt becomes pajamas in case you can't wear it on your future campus.

3. A lanyard

You're not trying to make a big monetary commitment, but you want people to know you visited. You like the school, but you're not 100% sold on it. It's easy enough to remove from your keys if you change your mind.

4. A winter hat

Your tour was just really cold and finding warmth in any way, shape, or form was the first thing on your mind.

5. A baseball hat

Your tour was really sunny and you got tired of squinting in order to see the tour guide.

6. A backpack

You bought too many things at the bookstore and needed something to carry them around in.

7. "(Insert school name here) Mom/Dad/Grandparent" merchandise

There's a 75% chance you're a teenage girl looking for a cute and funny shirt, but a 25% chance you're actually a parent hoping your child attends that university.

8. A blanket

You really loved the school and you're already planning how you're going to decorate your dorm room.

9. A laptop/water bottle sticker

It's cheap and easy enough to remove. Your commitment level is pretty low, but you came all the way here and need something to show for it.

10. An athletic t-shirt

The ultimate low-commitment item. If you don't get in, you can still be a sports fan, particularly if it's a good sports school. Or maybe you're looking forward to the sports far more than the academics.

11. A shot glass

Cause you're ~so~ college.

12. $100+ of merchandise

You're about to put down your deposit, so why not spend a little more?

13. An actual book

C'mon, who actually buys books at the bookstore?

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It is very easy process. A lot of stickers you can just fill out a form online, some you have to mail in an envelope but I am not about that life so I just stick with the online ones. If there is not an online form, you can always use customer service and email them with a nice couple of sentences. The people who respond are always friendly and most of the time they will happily send you some. Don't be afraid to email them. Just remember, it's for dope free stickers!

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4 Things to Look At When Deciding Whether Pilot Or PaperMate Gel Pens Are Right For You

The competition is real, but the choice is up to you!

Ever since I started college, an interest sparked in me to try gel pens. I had used ballpoint pens my entire life and managed to survive, but I would see posts all over Instagram and loved the way the ink looked on paper. It wasn’t until I began my junior year of college when I actually bought my first pack of gel pens but as soon as I began writing with them I was HOOKED.

The pack that I bought was the PaperMate InkJoy 0.7 Gel Pens. I chose them over their main competition, the Pilot G2 0.7 Gel Pens because according to online reviews, they were cheaper and wrote better. I purchased them at Target later to find out that they were cheaper at Walmart.

Earlier this year, I wanted to see what the hype was about the Pilot G2 pens, so I bought a pack at Walmart. Below I wrote a few phrases using the two sets of pens and will create a personal review based on the following categories.

1. Feel of Grip

For the Pilots, they include a rubber grip but didn't feel as comfortable as compared to the PaperMates include a smooth grip barrel all around, and its "craters" across its barrel made it more comfortable to hold while writing.

2. Quality of Ink

The quality of ink is very similar. The only difference is that the PaperMate pens have a thicker look when writing on paper, even though they were both 0.7 size ink. However, the PaperMate pens tend to run out faster than the Pilot pens. For me, a few of my PaperMates began to run out after a few months while my Pilots still continue to work perfectly.

3. Feel of Writing

The PaperMate pens have a much smoother feel when it came to writing the following sentence: The dog ran. While writing with the Pilot pens, it felt harder to write, and it had a heavier feel. Because of the lighter ink of the Pilot pens, I would almost have to push down harder to get similar results within the PaperMates.

4. Overall Experience

After using both brands of gel pens for a few months, the verdict was in: I prefered the PaperMate InkJoy gel pens rather than the Pilot G2 gel pens.

This surprised me because of all the hype that the G2 pens had. They were considered to be "the ultimate gel pen." Don't get me wrong, they're really great pens and would still recommend them, but I liked the overall experience of the the InkJoy pens.

While the PaperMate pens may have lose their ink a bit faster than the Pilot pens, it felt more comfortable and smoother to write overall.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are solely of the author, and this review was not sponsored by either Pilot or PaperMate.

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