Who still can't believe the winter break is coming to a close? I know I can't. Wasn't it just last week I was celebrating finals being over?! Now it's back to new professors, new classes, new classmates and a whole new curriculum to stress over. And I can't even imagine how the students who don't go to their hometown university feel! They have to worry about all that plus saying good-bye to home cooked meals and mom doing their laundry.
Now we have to spend all this money on textbooks (that are required but not used). Luckily, what keeps me in high spirits are all the cute accessories and school supplies that I usually start the semester off with! (Go ahead... Call me a nerd. I just love back to school supply shopping!)
Starting off with my baby, my MacBook Air. I recently just got this in the Fall of 2014, so I'm still in the whole "Oh my gosh! I finally have a Mac!" phase. (#sorrynotsorry) And because I want to protect it from damage, I of course bought a cute laptop case for it. (Thanks Target!) Then seeing as how with college, the professors don't want much handwritten works, a cute and small flash drive is definitely on the necessary item list. I personally got mine form my university's book store but Office Depot has some pretty cute ones. Check them out here!
A laptop, I feel, is almost necessary to get along in college, but for those people who like to take handwritten notes (guilty!), you have to check out these adorable chevron notebooks! They are both stylish and an easy way to color code your classes. I got mine at my local grocery store (Way to go H.E.B!), but you can always check out your local store and see what composition notebooks they're rockin'.
Now earlier I mentioned the dreaded T-word... TEXTBOOKS! And the fact that you basically sell your arm and leg to pay for them. Freshmen... We're looking at you. But what I am about to tell you is very important...So read carefully... STOP BUYING YOUR TEXTBOOKS FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE! Seriously, stop! You're wasting precious money that can be used for gas, food or that perfect back to school outfit you were eyeing at the mall. Figure out what books you need, than go hit up Amazon, Ebay and your local Half-Priced bookstore. I can say from personal experience that this saves so much money. My freshman year I spent about $600 on textbooks (cue the shocked gasps) and when I tried to sell them back at the end of the year, I didn't even get 1/4 of what I paid for them back. Spring semester came around and you better believe I was checking out the before mentioned sites. When all was said and done, I had spent a little less than $200. That's 1/3 of what I spent the first time around! To this day I haven't spent that much on textbooks.
Also to save a little extra, wait until the first day of classes and the professors will usually tell you if you for sure need one of their books or not.
Another thing I love about being back at college for classes and such (besides not being bored during the day) is that you can wear whatever you want (Hello sweatpants and tanks!) and you can have your hair up and barely any make-up on and no one judges you because they are all wearing the exact same thing. So find that comfy pair of sweatpants (some of my favorite sweatpants come from Hollister, Victoria's Secret, and Hot Topic) and don those flip-flops and get to class!
Top: Avengers Assemble (exact) || Jeans: Arizona Super Skinny (similar) || Ring: James Avery
Photos taken by a Canon Rebel T3 by Felicia DeMartino
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