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As a newly minted business graduate student, I've had to adjust to my daily routine now that class is back in session — especially since I was a little nervous to be heading to school after spending the last two years at home.
My new routine consists of a lot of time on campus, with longer classes and a hectic schedule. After the first couple of weeks, I found myself drawn to a handful of items that are coming in handy to simplify my day to day as a student on the go.
Since we're all looking to make out lives a little easier, I've gathered 13 of my tried-and-true items that are a must-have for any busy graduate student (or busy professional!) this fall.
I'm a long time Apple user and I love my Macbook. Whether I need to send messages or easily share documents, it's quick and smooth to do between my iPhone and Mac. Since laptops can be expensive, be sure to also check out certified refurbished options for a more affordable choice.
I prefer taking home made food over buying lunches, so I make sure to pack enough for the whole day because I'm often on campus for 10 to 12 hours. I love this Bento lunch box because it's compact, yet still has space for my meals. It's also leakproof, comes with a utensil set and is microwave safe.
I'm big on daily to-do lists, so if you're like me you have to try this tear-off daily planner pad. It's segmented, making it even easier in keep on track of priority items.
Given the number of networking events I attend, I decided to order a set of customized business cards to showcase my personal brand. With this set from Staples, you can choose from hundreds of templates, different card stocks and even schedule same day pick up.
I'm obsessed with the look and feel of this notebook: It's elegant, and a great size that easily fits in totes or backpacks. It's perfect for taking notes when you don't want to use your laptop, or if you want to journal or simply brainstorm.
These beautiful pens write smoothly and are comfortable to use too. This is a set you'll want to keep with you on-the-go.
A water bottle is another must-have item I carry with me no matter where I go. I really love this collapsible water bottle because you can literally shrink the size to easily fit in your bag when it's not full.
I've been a fan of Lambert since I started using their travel bag, so I had to give their handbags a try too. This one has space for my laptop, notebooks, and other daily essentials — and I'm obsessed.
Long days on campus often means sore feet at the end of the day. These insoles are perfect to support your feet from the heel, arch, and ball. I like to wear them with both heels and flats because of the support they offer.
Since my skin gets oily throughout the day, I always keep a packet of blotting papers with me. They come in super handy for a quick freshen up during the day without ruining my makeup.
An important part of business school is networking, so keeping a blazer around is important in case I need to quickly throw it on for an important event. I love the colour and fit of this double-breasted style, as it goes with everything whether I want to dress up or down.
If I'm fatigued or have no time to hydrate, I like using electrolyte tablets to reset my energy during the day. Just pop it into your water bottle and you're good to go.
When I'm looking to squeeze in a quick workout between classes, Lifted's resistance bands come in handy for exercising on the go. I can customize my workout intensity from the set of five bands and they come with a convenient carrying pouch for storage while I"m away from the gym.