As kids, back-to-school shopping meant the start of a new year -- a clean slate. No wonder school supply shopping was so fun! What was your favorite back-to-school item? Was it your bookbag, the colored folders, or maybe something specific, like a pen engraved with your initials? It could be a generic or specific item, whichever comes to mind.
My most cherished “back to school” item is a select ballpoint pen. I started my days of writing script with pens having refillable ink. Ink was provided either by suction into a permanent flexible bladder within the pen body or through its successor, a replaceable, prefilled cartridge.
Then came the ballpoint pen. My favorite, and still among my favorites, was the serviceable and smooth writing Parker T-Ball Jotter. Upon graduating from high school, my parents presented me with the elegant Cross writing set. In my opinion, the Cross makes scripting almost effortless. Today, I cherish a somewhat garish pen from my graduate school alma matter given to me by my granddaughter, The pen is equipped with a fine-black, Cross cartridge.
Jerry Bartz, lab coordinator, Geospatial Technology---------------
The protractor. I have always liked measuring, drawing, and finding angles. As a bonus, I presently find its secondary definition a useful descriptor for some meeting participants!
Thom Chesney, president, Brookhaven College---------------
My trapper keeper was my favorite back-to-school supply. It kept all the essentials inside with its state of the art velcro enclosure, plus it was great protection in the event of a gang fight.
Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator, Office of Student Life---------------
My favorite was the box of crayons with 64 colors and the built in sharpener!! Awesome.
Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean, Health and Human Services Division---------------
My favorite memory for back-to-school items was getting a supply of notebook paper. They came in 500-sheet packs with a fine point black BIC pen. The book bag was also special as I got older, but when I was younger it would be a brand new lunch kit (usually of some cartoon character). Thanks for making me remember my BIG CHIEF tablet and big fat pencil when I was in the 1st grade.
Tricia Harrison, part-time advisor, Advising Center---------------
I always looked forward to picking out a new lunch box! I remember getting one with a picture of Lassie on the front :)
Pam Lloyd, administrative assistant, Admissions Office---------------
I always looked forward to getting a new set of gel pens every year since fifth grade. They were so popular and, surprisingly, our teachers embraced them (as long as we didn't use lime green or yellow). To this day, I still have a set tucked away in my desk drawer for creative emergency purposes!
Madeline Olds, web writer/editor I, Marketing and Public Information---------------
My most memorable school item was a pack of mood pencils. Like mood rings, they'd change colors with my body heat. Best. Pencils. Ever.
Jessica Rawlins, marketing and advertising coordinator, Marketing and Public Information---------------
The Yogi, Boo Boo Bear and Ranger Smith vinyl lunch box my mom let me pick out. Vinyl was the “in” thing. I just saw it on Ebay for $600!
Lois Wagenseil, librarian III, Learning Resource Center---------------
For me, it was the new school clothes and a brand new box of Crayola crayons!
Vicki Deford, administrative assistant, Multicultural Center---------------
During elementary school I always asked my parents for a new backpack every school year until 6th grade. Since then, I had used the same backpack up until my first week of college when it could not take the hefty college books. I still think that a cool, nice, comfortable backpack was my favorite back to school item.
Mauricio Luna, department assistant I, School of the Arts