Must Buy University Items For First Years
Now that the dust has settled around results day, I thought that I would share with you three pieces of kit that I think are vital for university.
1. A good quality bag. Now this one might sound obvious, but I think that it really is essential. You end up having to carry around so much and you don’t want to be caught out when your bag breaks. I personally favour the Kipling Seoul Go. Granted it may not be the most fashionable backpack but at 20l it’s just the right size. It has multiple pockets (including two for drinks bottles) and it’s made out of waterproof fabric which is great for England’s rainy climate! It isn’t the cheapest bag but you are certainly paying for quality. I know that others on my course choose to use a Fjällräven Kånken, which I also like.
2. A notebook. Laptops and tablets can only get you so far. In my case, I have to make lots of notes whilst sitting in a dark screening room. Obviously, it isn’t really feasible to use my laptop in this situation. Notebooks are great because you can access them quickly if you think of something interesting or something of note. Also, it’s always good to try and make some written notes just in case your laptop/tablet were ever to crash…
3. A memory stick. Speaking of temperamental technology, a memory stick will SAVE YOUR LIFE. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t that obvious? You would think so, but the amount of stories I’ve heard about people loosing their essays because they didn’t back up their work beggars belief. It literally takes seconds to transfer files to a memory stick. I can’t speak for other departments at Warwick, but Film and TV won’t take the fact that your laptop crashed as an excuse if you miss an essay deadline. I may be overstating this but please, buy (AND USE) a memory stick.
These are three pieces of kit that I think will set you up for success this academic year. Let me know in the comments if you have any must have pieces on your ‘to buy’ list!