Back to school shopping: Grad student edition

One sad part about being an adult who is still in school is that I REALLY miss back to school shopping. Here is a mystery of my childhood: why did I think I needed an updated lunchbox every year? Why did my backpack, binder, and lunchbox have to match? Now, I don’t even use a lunchbox, instead I just pray that the tupperware in my backpack doesn’t explode on my way to school. But I still love new school year supplies–I just have an updated list of needs:

1) Good pens. I got a pack of Staples Opti-flow pens last year and somehow they all wandered off. I’m looking to re-up my supply (they dry INSTANTLY) but I’m also tempted to buy a set of Muji pens after reading the reviews.

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2) Cleaning supplies. Chances are, if you work in a shared grad office, it gets gross. This year I’m getting some pledge wipes to keep my ancient desk smelling nice, and a swiffer duster, because our office gets damn dusty and it’s time to be an adult and just take care of it.

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3) Instant office popularity. What things do grad students need every day? An extra phone charger. Advil. I know, because I use these 2 things all the time, and am now out of Advil because our department clearly averages 1 headache a day. Things I am not out of but am so happy are in my drawers: Deodorant, Tums, glasses cleaning wipes, Cliff bars.

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4) Pretty things. This pretty desk mat covers up the weird stains on my desk. This diffuser will make my desk smell better and look cooler.

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I am also tempted by some new string lights. I had some last year and my students complimented them all the time.

What’s on your back to school list? What else do you think makes your grad office comfier? ❤

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