Every august for the past ten years I have marched into Wal-Mart to buy new school supplies, in most cases bring along my mother and some very archaic ideas of what to buy. My list would include a single-subject spiral notebook for each class (the cheap ones), a 10-pack of pens, a binder, and a paper folder for each class. Over the years I experimented slightly with some of these; replacing eight single-subject notebooks with two five-subject notebooks, trying to stuff all my class handouts into the divider folders in said five-subject folders, and buying a trapper keeper with a zipper so my papers wouldn’t fall out. However, inevitably my supplies only ended up causing me stress.

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