Are you a new student? Or an upperclassman who wants to up your note-taking game? Not sure what kind of stationery to buy? Senior staff writer Olivia Mitchell gives her and other Bwogger’s recommendations on what to use for your college career.


  • Pilot G2 Pens (come in .7, .5, and .38)
    • Everything you want in a pen
    • Debate kids across the country swear by them, but for good reason
    • Sold everywhere
  • Pilot Gel Pens (come in .5 and .38)
  • Muji Gel-Ink Ballpoint Pens (come in .7, .5, and .38)
    • Beautiful and clean pens
    • Difficult to find and a bit more expensive


  • Bic Mechanical .5 Lead Pencils
    • The classic mechanical pencil you’ve been using for 12 years straight
  • Pentel Graph Gear 500 lead pencil
    • Fancier, architectural pencil


  • Zebra Mildliner highlighters
    • Wide variety of colors; typically mild shades
    • Can either buy them individually or in packs of five or fifteen
  • Staedler Textsurfer Classic 364 Highlighters
    • Wide variety of colors; both bright and mild shades
    • Sold individually or in packs
  • Sharpie Clear View Highlighters
    • Less fancy
    • Bright, vibrant colors
    • Have a clear little thing that allows you to see what you’re highlighting as you highlight

Misc. Writing Utensils

  • Pentel Hi Polymer Erasers
  • Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
    • Mildliner highlighters but with a brush pen for calligraphy instead of the typical chisel point
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pens
    • Nice German marker pens in classic, bright colors


  • Decomposition Notebooks (come in line, graph, dot grid, and blank sheets)
    • Made of recycled paper!
    • Have really cool and pretty designs
Decomposition Book with graphed sheets
  • Whitelines Notebooks (come in line, graph, and blank sheets)
    • A light gray paper with white lines
    • Are easily and cleanly scanned with the Whitelines App
Whitelines graph notebook
  • In general, any kind of college-ruled notebook, not wide-lined


  • Leuchtturm1917 (come in line, dotted, and plain)
    • German brand of bound journals and notebooks
    • Nice, thick paper
  • Moleskine (come in line, dotted, and plain)
    • Bound journals and notebooks found in most stationery shops and small bookstores
    • Thinner paper, but still great
Moleskine dot-grid journal turned into a monthly planner


  • Leuchtturm1917 Planners (come in weekly and monthly)
  • Moleskine Planners (come in weekly)
  • Erin Condren Planners
    • Pricey and pretty
    • Ideal for those who would love to bullet journal yet don’t have the attention span for it
    • Come with stickers!
  • Planners
    • Expensive, but very sturdy with cute designs
    • Come with stickers!

Pencil Cases

  • Lihit Lab Cases
    • HUGE
    • Plenty of space for pens, pencils, and highlighters
    • Has smaller pockets for erasers, flash drives, etc. 

featured image via dreamstime

notebook pics via Olivia