Bring the books - professors will point out lines they feel are important (especially in Con Law). You'll want to have them just in czse (no pun intended) you want to highlight.As to bags, I'm a big fan of Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) - I got the Brain Bag...they offer a custom made padded computer container (sized to fit your laptop)...it's around $200 for the whole thing but I've given it 2 years of rough treatment and it looks new. I've dropped the bag in the street hard and the laptop has always been undamaged.It's waterproof (resistant?) and has pockets on the front and top for mouse, wallet, keys, etc. It has a hip strap to take the strain off your back.You'll spend a lot of money on books and they won't last as long or look as good as this bag.REI bags are also good...I've got one of those I use for overnight business trips.Roller bags are common at school too - they don't appeal to me but some students swear by them.Good Luck!
I just left my books at a locker (and later a journal office) every day. It helped me get work done more efficiently to be forced to do it at school; if I ever had to take books home, it was never more than one at a time, which isn't bad at all. I'd recommend that to anyone who has the chance. Another plus is you never have to worry about leaving one at home, because they're always on campus.Plus, it is a physical impossibility to look professional with a rolling backpack.
Why not carry a backpack for school, where you'll be 95% of the time your first year and where you'll look like 98% of the other students, and then get a satchel for those times you want to look more polished? Franklin Covey has some really great bags.I'm far too attractive to carry a camping backpack, but I trust people will learn to appreciate the flair with which I wear it.
Quote from: Diet Sunkist on July 21, 2008, 12:26:22 PMWhy not carry a backpack for school, where you'll be 95% of the time your first year and where you'll look like 98% of the other students, and then get a satchel for those times you want to look more polished? Franklin Covey has some really great bags.I'm far too attractive to carry a camping backpack, but I trust people will learn to appreciate the flair with which I wear it. Because I'm way cooler than the other kids.No, seriously though, my pride will not abide anything like the suggested styles. I mean, I don't judge others for wearing them, because they are eminently practical and it's not like all of them are poorly designed, per se, they're just TOTALLY not my style. It's really not about what other people think, it's more that the prospect of having to cart around such a thing makes me depressed. (And yes, I know that to some this sounds ridiculous, but whatever. I'll let you be you, and you should let me be me).So, since I neither want to be unfashionable nor crippled, anyone else care to comment in more detail about the feasibility of keeping everything in a locker? I know I'll have one at school. I just worry about time management issues, especially since I both have no idea what my schedule will look like and no idea how big a casebook is except that it's just big. So for example, could one maybe take one book + one computer home in a (more) normal bag without dying from the weight? Would a casebook fit into an oversized laptop bag, or a large messenger bag? And work-wise, would it be possible to only have to take home one casebook per day? To be able to do this, will I have to be on campus for like 17 hours a day?
Dischord, you'd be the laughingstock of every indie sewing-circle around if you wore a backpack huh? You'd never live it down...