Hello! Like most college students, I carry my backpack with me everywhere I go. I, like most students, have an assortment of things that I carry with me in my bag. My essentials that I cannot function without are as listed: my laptop (decorated with my favorites stickers), computer charger, an assortment of notebooks for each of my classes, pencil pouch, and a planner. I also make sure to carry at least 2 pairs of earbuds and my air pods on me at all times because music is an essential for me (I know having this many backups is a little much). For some reason I am also oddly superstitious, so I carry “Wiz,” my owl necklace that I have had since my freshman year of high school with me. Another thing I carry with me, are 2 green army men because I may have the desire to hide them somewhere and they bring me good luck. I also carry two types of sunscreen and bubbles (note: good if you find a dog or are sitting in a park) that prepare me for whenever I have a moment that I want to spend outdoors. Finally, I make sure to carry things that I can give to other people like my first-aid pack with band aids (not pictured), tampons and ibuprofen (not pictured), as well as a Thank You card.
I think the things in my backpack describe me as an individual more than I was expecting. I try to be prepared as possible for all situations that I may encounter (this may be from years of Girl Scouts), which include my academics, friendships, hobbies, and personal interests. I did not face many challenges when performing this assignment. When arranging my items, I was somewhat surprised on how challenging it was to organize my items in a way that was somewhat visually appealing. I believe representing yourself through the stuff in your bag is a creative way to represent oneself. The things you carry with you from the day to day are all a choice that you make as an individual that is shown only to your self and not others. The choice to carry nothing to the choice to carry a surplus of items are both choices that you make that can help you express your self indirectly.