Hey everyone! How are we all doing today? I know a lot of y’all got your results last week so congratulations on that. Since we are rapidly nearing the start of the Autumn semester at the University of Leicester, I thought I’d share with you guys my ultimate back to school list if you are joining us on the History of Art course this year, or indeed if you’re coming back. Partially because firstly, who doesn’t absolutely love buying school supplies, and secondly, I thought I’d help you guys out because believe me I bought a lot of stuff I just didn’t need and I wanna save you some heartache and money.
Firstly, and this is the important one, get yourself a sturdy backpack. Yeah it isn’t exactly a gorgeous handbag or one of those insanely cute Cambridge satchels but guess what, it will work. You’re gonna be spending a lot of time taking your stuff to campus and back and I don’t want you getting sore shoulders and achy backs just because you’re to proud to leave the handbag at home.
There’s so many cool designs to chose from and if you’re smart you can pick up a well made one that’s going to last all year for around £15.
Secondly you’re going to need notepaper and lots of it. Lectures and seminars are going to require a lot of note taking, as well as planning for your assignments and the occasional drawing of a cat. Don’t bother paying out mega bucks for a super cute notepad with divided sections, just get yourself a thick A4 refill pad and go to town taking those notes.
You’re gonna need something to write with and if you’re anything like me, you’ll decommission a pen every 3 days or so. Get a big pack of cheap biro to lessen the pain of losing a pen every 72 hours. Also grab a pack of highlighters while you’re at it. History of Art requires a lot of reading and you’ll need to highlight parts to take notes and talk about in classes.
Another thing you’ll get a lot of are handouts. Lecture guides, study help, module guides are going to be coming at you thick and fast so do yourself a favour by picking up a handy little folder to keep all these loose sheets of paper in. You’ll never know when you’ll need them so keep these things tidy and in the same place.
I’ve spoken about this before, and I have no shame in doing it again. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to get a copy of E.H Gombrich’s The Story of Art. It’s the only essential book for the course and for good reason. Get the pocket edition and bring it to class with you.
Lastly, if you’re not down with manually writing notes, due to learning difficulties, physical difficulties or for any reason, you might want to bring your laptop along to class. There’s plenty of power points all over campus and you’re going to be a step ahead of everyone having to type their notes up at home. If you do not have access to a laptop and you have learning diffculties or a disabilty that means you need one, consider applying for Disabled Students Allowance. Once you’ve applied, you will be assessed and offered the equipment and funding you need to succeed.
I hope this has been helpful. What are you most excited/nervous about for the coming school year? Let me know in the comments box below!