20 Random Things Every College Student Has In Their Backpack At Some Point

20 Random Things Every College Student Has In Their Backpack At Some Point

Taking a look into a college student's backpack can be like looking into Narnia sometimes.

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College students are very busy people. Between class, clubs, extracurricular activities, and work, there is no saying when a college student will have time to themselves - unless they sacrifice one of the above for some "me-time". With that being said, a college student's backpack can be like Hermione Granger's never-ending bag and there are times when we will find some pretty interesting things that turn out to be the "norm" for all college students.

1. Headphones

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Music will slowly integrate into every college student's life. Especially when studying at the library.

2. Deodorant

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For those who go to universities with big campuses, there is a lot of walking. If you live in a hot state like California or Arizona, deodorant will always be needed.

3. Dry shampoo

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If you are like me, you are always running late to morning classes. Dry shampoo comes in handy when you don't want to spend the extra 5 minutes in the shower washing and conditioning your hair. Believe me, saving that extra five minutes matters when participation points are on the line.

4. Food

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Especially for those who commute to campus, there is always food in a college student's backpack. Whether that be a full meal or a snack to eat in class.

5. Gum

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Gum is basically an essential now. If you don't have time to go back to your dorm in between classes, gum is a life saver with making sure that your breath always stays minty fresh!

6. Umbrella

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At some point within your college career, you will carry an umbrella. When I moved to Arizona to go to school, I didn't think I would need one. . . and then monsoon season hit and I was going to school in pouring rain with no umbrella. Needless to say, now I am prepared.

7. Floss

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This is like the gum. If you can't make it back to your dorm and you want to have a small snack, eat whatever you have in your backpack and then floss!

8. Portable charger

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When you are at school all day, there is a good chance that your phone battery might die at some point. Carrying a portable charger will ensure that your phone doesn't die.

9. Extra clothes

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We can't predict the weather. The weather people can barely predict the weather. Always packing an extra pair of shorts/pants or a sweater will be beneficial.

10. Blanket

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It gets way too cold in the classrooms. Enough said.

11. Expo markers

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For when you are studying a subject like math or science! These markers come in handy because they are easy to erase and good for tutoring.

12. Self-defense weapons

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No, I do not mean guns. More like pepper spray or a swiss army knife! A lot of students that I have encountered over the years have one of these items or both.

13. Wrappers

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Gum, food, receipts, basically any time you are not near a trash can, your backpack becomes the trash can.

14. Stapler

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I carry a mini stapler and it definitely comes in handy for the professors that don't have one of their own.

15. Someone else's assignments

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Having someone else's assignment in your backpack is so common. It has happened to me a bunch of times.

16. Beauty supplies

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For the girls who are obsessed with looking their best; you know they will have an entire makeup selection in their backpacks.

17. Tide sticks

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Never know when a spill will occur!

18. Condoms

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This one is probably the most random one on this list but it has happened! I know many people who have found condoms in their backpacks whether it was theirs or someone else's.

19. All sorts of medication

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If you are like me, you carry around a ton of medication because you never know what is going to happen. I carry allergy medication, Ibuprofen, and Midol.

20. Sunglasses

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Whether you are going to use them to avoid having people know you are hungover or if you don't want the sun in your eyes. Sunglasses will become a part of your daily life.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Why You Should And Shouldn't Pursue A Science Degree

From personal experience, here are some actual reasons, in my opinion, why a science degree is a really bad, yet really good idea.

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Since I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade, I've always dreamed of being a doctor. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I just up and decided I wanted to pursue one of the hardest possible careers that exist. Anatomy, science, and math have always been interests of mine, but not necessarily strong-suits. These areas, for me, always take extra work and studying to excel on exams and homework versus English and history. Regardless, I ignored this. Why? I am dumb. I didn't pay attention to what my personal strengths are, but rather what my interests alone were. I guess what I am trying to say here is, through personal experience, I've learned that it's important to pay attention to what your personal talents and interests are and to find a good middle ground. This can apply to any degree, not just a science degree.

Interest in science has increased over time. As technology and medicine have advanced, people have recognized that there is a need for more people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. There are more jobs available for people who pursue STEM degrees, and those jobs generally offer more money. According to Business Insider, non-STEM majors earn an average of $15,500 less per year starting salary than STEM majors. This is enticing to many but can be misleading. Science degrees are very difficult to earn, which is why they offer such high-earning salaries and give so many job opportunities after college.

If you are actually good at math and science and know the first 100 numbers of pi off the top of your head, by all means, feel free to become a neurosurgeon or aerospace engineer, but I had to learn my lesson the hard way. Just know that nobody's opinion matters but your own and this is your life. The decisions you make during these four years will affect your career for the rest of your life. Don't pursue a degree just because it will make you a lot of money. Pursue a career because you are good at it and you actually enjoy it.

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