This is a guest blog post written by our intern, Emily!
Let’s face it; it can be hard to get pumped about the start of second semester. The excitement of a new school year has faded, the anticipation of the holidays are gone, and, if where you live has winters anywhere near as frigid as RedShelf’s native Chicago, the sunny days of summer seem a million miles away. But the Red Shelf Review is here to show you 10 unique school supplies that help brighten up your day and get second semester started off right!
10. Foodie USBs
Though you might be living on a diet of ramen noodle and cereal from the dining hall, these adorable USBs in the shape of food bites represent a whole culinary spectrum! Choose from watermelons, chocolate popsicles, pizza, and more! Our personal favorite is the mini sushi roll
It's a tape dispenser shaped like an otter, one of the cutest animals out there. Need we say more?
Instead of setting up a heavy wooden wall chalkboard in your room, try using chalkboard wall stickers that adhere directly to your wall. Use these chalkboard panels to write reminders to yourself, plan your weekly schedule, or leave messages to your roommates and friends. Not feeling the monochrome blackboard with white chalk? Use some multi-colored chalk pens to brighten up your board!
Every lefty knows the struggle of standard notebooks: the spiral binding hurting your wrist, the graphite smears on your palm, and the general difficulty of writing on a notebook that wasn't designed for you. These left-handed notebooks place the binding on the other side of the paper, so you can write freely without annoyance! In addition to being functional, these fun notebooks have a cover printed with translations of "left-handed" from many different languages.
Take you much-needed morning coffee on-the-go with this replica camera lens thermos. Whether you're an aspiring photographer or just want to make your drink a little more artsy, this thermos is a trendy addition to your morning routine.
5. Tablet Easel
This easel is the perfect tablet accessory, allowing you to prop it up to watch Netflix, video chat with friends, or keep it at the perfect reading angle while you take notes from an eTextbook.
If you're anything like me (Emily), your desk is always cluttered with old tests, study packets, loose leaf paper, notebooks and other odds and ends. Use this chic desk organizer to add a little city glamour to your work space, as well as to provide a holder to keep all those papers you're saving for later together.
A pencil case is a great way to keep all of your writing utensils in one place, so that when that pop quiz comes up in lecture, you aren't losing time searching through the bottom of your backpack for a pen or pencil. A retro pencil case like this looks cool while keeping all of your small supplies in one place for easy access.
Are you sitting in Biology 104 wishing you were in Defense Against the Dark Arts instead? It's easy to pretend you really are at Hogwarts with these notebooks, designed to look like book covers from the wizarding world. Wants might not be allowed in lecture, but you can still make your class time magical with these spellbinding books.
Digital devices like phones, laptops and tablets have more uses than we could possibly list here. There's a good reason most of us have on or our devices on hand at all times! And they become even more useful when you start utilizing them to make learning and studying so much easier through the use of digital course materials, like the books and course packets you can find at RedShelf. The low-cost of RedShelf's digital prices can help you save money to spend on some of the other crazy supplies on this list!