Surprises found in backpack ransack

ABOVE: Ivan Canales, undeclared sophomore, and Victoria Lybarger, junior digital arts major, show off their backpack style. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)

By Madison Stumbough

Staff reporter

In the backpack of Faith Ferguson, elementary education sophomore, shows off contents in her bag. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
In the back pack of Faith Ferguson, elementary education sophomore, she shows off her two favorite items. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
In the backpack of Faith Ferguson, elementary education sophomore, finds a spoon when unpacking. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The contents of Lori Gragert, early childhood education senior, backpack when she unpacks it. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The contents of Lori Gragert's, early childhood education senior, backpack. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The contents of Lori Gragert, early childhood education senior, backpack includes colored pencils. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
A flashlight in Lori Gragert's, early childhood education senior, backpack allows her to walk safely on campus at night. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The backpack of Ivan Canales, undeclared sophomore, is unpacked and shows off all of his stuff. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The contents of Ivan Canales', undeclared sophomore, backpack. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
Along with several other electronic gadgets, Ivan Canales, undeclared sophomore, is always sure to carry his adapter with him. This adapter allows him to both listen to music and charge his phone at the same time. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The backpack of Victoria Lybarger, digital arts junior, is emptied with all her contents. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
A hacky sack from Victoria Lybarger's, digital arts junior, backpack comes in handy for a study break. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The detailed planner of Victoria Lybarger, digital arts junior, shows her organization and busy schedule. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)

Take a walk around campus and you will see all kinds of backpacks, some with interesting designs, others decked out with fun keychains. From the outside, these just seem like normal backpacks, but take a look inside and there may be some surprises.

“When I unpacked my bag, I was surprised to find this spoon.” Faith Ferguson, sophomore elementary education, said. “I’m not really sure what I used it for, or what I ate with it, but I think it’s probably time to clean out my backpack.”

While things can accumulate in backpacks over time, there are also things that are used every day.

“I carry a water bottle and chapstick with me every day.” Ferguson states. “They are definitely my two most used items and my two favorite items. I just got this new water cup and I┬álove it!”

Along with more universal things, there are also some everyday backpack items that are more major specific. “As an education major, we use colored pencils every day in almost every class,” explained Lori Gragert, senior early childhood education.

“Last year I had a class that didn’t dismiss until 9 pm, and it was obviously dark by the time I got outside,” Gragert said. “Campus isn’t very well lit at night, so I started carrying around a flashlight. It has really come in handy since then and I will continue carrying it with me everywhere.”

“I call Ivan ‘boy scout,’ because he has literally everything you’ll ever need in his bag.” Victoria Lybarger, junior digital arts, exclaimed as she watched Ivan unpack his bag.

“I just like to be prepared,” Ivan Canales, undeclared sophomore, replied. “You never know what’s going to happen and what you’re going to need, so I carry it all on my back.”

Canales carries several electronic gadgets with him, but his most used item is an adapter that allows him to both listen to music and charge his phone at the same time.

“My planner is definitely what keeps me sane,” Lybarger explained. “I use it every day and it really allows me to keep track of my life.”

When unpacking her bag, Lybarger got excited when she came across her hacky sack. She says it’s a great game to relieve stress for a minute or two in the midst of a long day on campus.

College students carry around their lifeline on their backs each day, with a mix of both useful and strange items. The items needed to make it through the day for each person are wildly different along with each persons backpack style.

Madison Stumbough is a junior majoring in liberal arts and sciences. You may email her at madison.stumbough@sckans.edu

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