What’s In My Bag

By Haley Jenkins

As the 2017 Spring semester comes to a close and exam week nears, Texas State students are caught between work and play. Many students are finding solace from the stress of studying in Downtown San Marcos and Bobcat Village roommates Melody Evett and Mason Jones were no exception. The two were happy to be enjoying their caramel frappuccinos amidst a table of half written essays and exam reviews. With Evett studying for her education classes and Jones preparing for his business exams, they were hard at work, only stopping occasionally to take a cool, refreshing sip of iced coffee. At their feet sat two backpacks.

The life of a college student can sometimes be hectic, exhausting and downright nerve-wracking. Every student has their own unique experience, but most of us share one thing in common. Our backpacks.

Inside Melody’s Backpack:

  1. Royal Blue Fjallraven Kanken Backpack
  2. “Drink Coffee” Makeup Bag
  3. “La Vie En Rose” Pencil Bag
  4. Gum
  5. Purex Hand Sanitizer
  6. Lip Balm
  7. Pink Folder
  8. Blue Notebook
  9. “Talk to Me in Korean” Handbook

“I use multicolored pens to organize my notes and keep myself entertained,” Evett said. “It’s a lot prettier than just plain old black and blue.”

“I usually listen to Pandora or NPR when I’m studying,” Evett said. “It really helps me to focus and relaxes me when I’ve got a big test or assignment coming up.”

“I’m starting to see the Kanken backpack everywhere,” Evett said. “I love it! It has just the right amount of pockets and space for a college student.”

Inside Mason’s Backpack:

  1. Grey Minaal Carry-On Backpack
  2. Book: Think Smart: A Neuroscience’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance
  3. Logitech Presenter R800
  4. Business Cards
  5. Assorted Pens and Pencils
  6. Phone Charger
  7. All-In-One Multifunction Skate Tool
  8. Clicker
  9. Assorted USB Cables
  10. Black Umbrella
  11. Sketchbook
  12. Graphing Calculator
  13. MacBook 

“My Mac is basically my life,” Jones said. “I use it to make my schedules, do my homework and watch Netflix when I need to calm myself down.”

“After the flooding recently I refuse to be caught unaware again,” Jones said. “It’s [the umbrella] so small that I don’t mind carrying it around even if most of the rainy days have passed.”





“My backpack is, on average, about 20 pounds,” Jones said. “It’s definitely a workout going up and down the Alkek stairs everyday.”





By Sydney Pfeffer




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