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When was the last time you cleaned out your backpack?

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APRIL 03, 2015

Scared to dig deep into the bottom of your backpack or bag? Well, maybe it’s time. After all, it is the middle of the semester. Your backpack situation is probably getting to the point where every day is a magical adventure — will you find a pencil or last semester’s cookie. To help make it easier, we at the Clog have developed a list of items you could possibly have in your bag.

Add up your points, and let’s see how much of a backpack hoarder you are!

1 point:

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Highlighter
  • Marker
  • Notebook
  • Folder/binder
  • Class syllabus
  • Tomorrow’s assignments

2 points:

  • Stapler
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack bar
  • Sticky notes
  • Campus map
  • Last week’s assignments
  • Calculator
  • Book
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Student ID
  • Tissues

5 points:

  • Crumbled/smushed snack
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Last month’s assignments
  • Staples
  • Calculator (even though you’re not in a class that needs one)
  • Used tissues

10 points:

  • Loose candy
  • Papers that aren’t from this semester
  • Band-Aids
  • Deodorant
  • Endless hair ties and bobby pins
  • Blue book
  • Scantron

20 points:

  • Crumbled up papers that aren’t even legible anymore
  • Used Band-Aid
  • Moldy … something

Let’s see how you rank up!

0-9: You’ve got the “bear” minimum. You know where everything is — everything has its place and is in its place. But you might be missing a couple of essentials that could help you get through the rest of the semester.

10-38: You’ve got those extra things that come in handy and maybe even make life easier. Friend forgot to staple his essay? Well, worry not: You’re there to save the day!

39-93: Your backpack is getting heavier, and maybe you’re starting to feel the effects of it on your aching back. But hey, there are certain things you might need … one day … eventually. But tread lightly, because you soon may be entering the danger zone.

94-153: You can still be saved. For the most part, you just need to spend some time — maybe a couple of hours — cleaning your backpack. Start fresh with it.

154-213: There’s nothing really to say here. Burn your backpack. Throw it away. It’s a lost cause. Judging by your score, you’ve probably owned this exact backpack for about 10 years. It’s time to say goodbye: “As we go on, we remember all the times we had together. And as our lives change, from whatever, we will still be friends forever.”


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Contact Mary-Ann Niktas at [email protected].

APRIL 02, 2015