Some people make big resolutions right before New Year’s Eve, others on their birthdays, but mine always happen while back-to-school shopping. Something about the pristine, blank pages of my untouched notebooks and crisp, un-sharpened pencils has always made me feel like anything’s possible: This will be the year I actually write down my assignments. I’m going to hole-punch and and organize all my handouts. No more showing up to class unprepared!
Not much has changed. While I’m a good five years past my college graduation, early fall still makes me want to go HAM on my local stationery shop and possibly walk around all month with a backpack (and send my friends a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils!). Fortunately, the 10 grown-up swaps for old school classroom supplies in the slideshow above let me do it, and still look my age. Click through to back-to-school shop like a proper adult.