There are a lot of gadgets on the market for the college students. Most of them are marketed as ‘essential items’ promising to help you keep your life organized and make your studies go more smoothly. One look at the price tag and the single mom who is going back to school may wonder if she will be able to afford to be a successful student.
Keep it simple, mom. Your real needs are probably no more extravagant that those of your kids. And, you probably won’t have to invest in a box of crayons or spend a lot of time writing your name on all of your purchases.
Possibly the most important thing that the single mom will need as she adds college classes to her busy schedule is a planner. Look for an easy to tote size that gives you enough space to keep track of your kid’s activities as well as your own deadlines for assignments and dates for quizzes and tests. Add each task to the planner immediately so that nothing is overlooked. Get into the habit of referring to it often and you’ll find that it will reduce your anxiety about the loose ends in your life, no matter how full it looks.
If you have a laptop and will be bringing it to campus or to the library, it will be worth the money to invest in a case. You don’t want to take the chance of damaging it during your commute. It will also be easier to carry. If the case is large enough to carry a notebook, pen and power source, so much the better.
Make sure that your printer is in working order and that your supply of ink or toner is sufficient. Stock up on printer paper. Running out of paper in the middle of the night when a project is due the next day is a stress that the single mom/student doesn’t need in her life.
Unless you are taking classes that need special tools like cameras or art supplies, the following list will get you through your student days:
- A 3 subject notebook for each class
- Note cards
- Pencil Sharpener
- A sturdy backpack to carry it all in
Some instructors will want specific items, so put off your purchase of a calculator for math and science until you get guidance.