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What Bag Should I Take to School?

Back to school, back to school.. to prove to dad I’m not a fool. Got my backpack on, got my shoes tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight.

Okay, every time I think about back to school, I think about Billy Madison. But we’ve got bigger fish to fry today than whether shampoo or conditioner is better. Although it’s shampoo, of course.

So here I am, a junior in college, I’ve been going to school for the past 15 years of my life and I still can’t decide whether I should carry a backpack, messenger bag, satchel, etc to school. Can anyone help?

kids with backpacks

Elementary School
Back in the day of Lisa Frank and trapper keepers, we were all about backpacks. But now, I’m working at an elementary school and my kids are starting to get all hip with their messenger bags. First graders, for real? Don’t they know that they need to distribute the weight that their school bag holds evenly between both shoulders? I was always a backpack girl.

Middle School
This is when we all got trendy and vicious. Everyone was trying to be cool and oversized handbags were the jive. You were so cool; it was like carrying a purse to school. I think I tried to rock a messenger bag once, but this nerd carried every book under the sun with her…so I switched back to a backpack.

kids with messenger bags
High School
We didn’t care about trying to be cool anymore. It was all about function and surviving throughout the day. Backpacks all the way!

So what do you take to college? Well, I started off my freshman year with an oversized handbag, but that got old really fast. I guess I’m a backpack kind of girl. My shoulders don’t end up hurting and I can stash everything I need into all of the pockets.

So what do you guys think? Handbag or backpack?

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  • Reply susancute August 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    it not so bad

  • Reply Terryl August 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Stop looking at me, swan!

    I wear a backpack if I’m in jeans and a t-shirt, but I try to keep it to my black leather messenger or red leather shoulder laptop bags if I’m wearing anything worth looking at.

    I have no problem holding a book or two in my arms. It provides my desired anti-social look. Ain’t got time for hugs when horticulture class started five minutes ago, friends.

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