As a student with a 90 minute commute (and longer on some days), my headphones are so crucial in helping me to relax as I listen to my iPod on the way to school, and allowing me to watch YouTube videos during breaks between class. They are also important in certain courses in the Faculty of Communication, when we are given class time to work on creative projects, and need to choose audio clips or edit videos without disrupting the class.
A portable mug and/or re-usable water bottle
Some of us need our caffeine fix in the morning, and bringing a portable mug to school allows you to drink a nice, warm cup of coffee or tea while on the go. Ryerson also has a bunch of water refill stations, so bringing a reusable water bottle and filling up throughout the day will keep you hydrated, prevent you from buying a lot of food (sometimes when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty), and also keep your body and skin lookin’ right.
I’m talking about your powders, your lipsticks, your body sprays, your hair ties and your brushes. In university, chances are you’ll have at least one long day (I know some people who are on campus for, like, twelve hours!). And if you’re like me, your makeup and hair are not meant to last that long, and by 2pm your face is capable of frying an egg. Try keeping a mini makeup bag with your essential hair and skin products, so you can freshen up when necessary.
Phone and Laptop Charger
Unlike most high schools, universities support the use of electronics with all WiFi you could ever want, and plenty of electricity outlets in case your phone or computer gets low on battery. Therefore, be sure to bring all your cords and chargers, in order to enjoy Twitter, Instagram, Buzzfeed posts, and note-taking, of course, in peace.
30,000 students. Downtown Toronto. Germs.
It’s important to save money and give yourself a weekly budget, but bring your wallet to store the cash you do bring to school, as well as bank cards, coupons, passes, ID and so on. You know the deal.
For the farther commuters who will usually only use the GO transit and subway stations with a PRESTO machine, I definitely recommend purchasing some TTC tokens, just in case you need to take the streetcar, bus, or find yourself at a subway station other than Union or Dundas.
Stock up on yummy snacks that you like eating, to prevent yourself from spending too much of your hard earned money (or OSAP money) on food. Also, it’s just nice having lots of food at your disposal for whenever you feel the urge to eat.