So I wrote this post like 6 months ago and several things have changed. Everything in italics is an update.

I totally realize that “school” is not a verb, but for this once bear with me. I just wrapped up my first year of mass communications and noticed there are a few school tools I can’t school without. I’m well into the second now!

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1. My laptop
I’ve had Gonagall for a while (Mac + Gonagall? McGonagall? Favorite Hogwarts teacher? Am I crazy? Please don’t answer that) and I can’t school or blog without it. I got a new computer! Read about it here.

2. Flash Drive
This little disk has been with me since high school transferring my work to and from school. Safe to say I’d be lost without it.

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3. Dropbox
Okay, this one can go under blogging tools I can’t blog without also. I would use it for school more if I didn’t always forget my password…

4. Photoshop
As I said before, photoshop and my computer do not get along. Photoshop on the school computers? Magic. Photoshop, illustrator and Lightroom work great on my computer now!

5. Illustrator
As an amateur graphic designer, Illustrator has been everything to me. See above. 

6. My Zagg keyboard 
Even though I could carry around my laptop, I prefer my iPad and Zagg keyboard. Not only is it like 10x lighter, with it my iPad is basically another computer.

7. Pages
When I say I love to write, Pages will corroborate that. Google Docs has been a lifesaver also.

All night study session anyone?

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9. Gmail
Ever since I added my school email to my gmail account life has been a lot easier.

10. Blackboard
Grades? Check. Syllabus? Check. Assignments to do? Check. Having all things school related in one place? Check.

What school tools help you school?


P.S. This is my 100th personal post!

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • COFFEE! Always needed for class and life haha

  • Maya

    I second the coffee bit!


  • So many good tools here! For me it’s my computer since my grad school is done online.

    • My laptop is such a necessity lol.

  • Shannon Graham

    Photoshop is my golden program. Without it, I feel naked!

    • I’m so addicted to it and illustrator right now!

  • Lindsey Ann

    Having a good computer is SO important!!

  • Congrats on your 100th post! I also often recycle older posts and update them when they’re relevant (did that today, actually!) Also congrats on investing in the proper college tools and supplies. As a lifelong learner and new doctor of education, I can’t emphasize enough how important higher education is, along with being properly prepared to do your best.

  • Shannon Paige

    Hey Alix- I have a question for you- do you think you have to be good at drawing and art to be a good graphic designer? I used to think so (and I am not good at those at all) so I was discouraged by that- but now I don’t think that’s true… I just wanted to hear your opinion!

    • No way! I can’t draw AT ALL and thankfully with some programs that’s fine!