Supplies Needed to Return to School

I’m considering applying to a new program at my local city college. There are application fees and tuition to consider, obviously. But there’s also all the supplies I’ll need to become a student again. A list:

New notebooks/binders: I can’t decide between the two, so I have to get a few of those Five-Star note-binder things. They are perfection. Also, they’re 13 bucks a pop. Times five for the first semester classes. $65

New pens: A new year is a new me. I need entirely new pens. The point can’t be too fine since I write with a heavy hand. It also can’t spill ink drops all over the place. I’m talking about you, Pentel RSVPs. $10

Coloured pens: For underlining and assigning various importance to points and sentences, obviously. Pens in a minimum of 5 different colours other than black: $15

Highlighters: Must match the small post-it flags for use in notebooks and textbooks. $10

Post-it flags: Mandatory. Must match highlighters, so a chapter in a textbook will have flags and highlighted passages in the same colour. This is very, very important. $12

It now appears I have a lot of things to hold. Need a fancy new pencil case. Canvas. hard-case box takes up too much room. Preferably a cute floral pattern. $7

New laptop: Current one has a sticky keyboard and nail polish stains. Not as fast as it used to be. Get one on clearance. $500

Wait, laptop still works fine. Maybe get a netbook for taking to school? $200

No, Sims 4 comes out next fall. Will definitely need new laptop for the RAM bomb that Sims 4 will inevitably be. $500 + $65 for Sims 4

I’ll need a planner to keep up on my glorious new academic and studious life style. I like leather and leather-like materials. Week-at-a-glance is enough, I’m not Ahhhhhndrea from Beverly Hills: 90210… or am I? $20

A new lifestyle means new clothes. $100

I’m kidding myself. New clothes: $200

Plus new comfy shoes for commuting. $75

I am going to be on the subway or train a lot. Maybe an E-Reader is in order? It would practically pay for itself in all the late fees I wouldn’t have to pay at the library. $100

I’ll need a new totem for this new part of my life. I’ll be That Girl with the Awesome Necklace. I shall be known across campus for my cool necklace and bright teal tights. I suspect Etsy will be involved. $50

So, without including tuition, textbooks or public transit passes, supplies will cost me: about $1,129, plus tax. Sounds reasonable! Bring it on.


Vesna Cemas lives in Canada.



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