For the student heading off to her first day of college, it is important to make a good impression. After all, college is a place to reinvent you – and her transformation starts today. No more wallflowers, no more hiding behind a book to keep everyone away. Her parents got her a sweet new laptop for graduation, and she went out to found a laptop bag to carry it in. She knew that she wanted to have something that would be easy to carry her stuff around in, and it needed to be secure for her laptop. She plans on riding her bike around campus, so it had to be big enough to carry her textbook, her phone and wallet, as well as whatever other supplies she needs for class.
When she found the laptop backpack, it was perfect. Big enough for her laptop to comfortably fit inside, it has strips of padding that keep it from sliding around. The heavy duty straps let the backpack rest easily on her shoulders (she pretended like she was riding a bike in the store to make sure it fits well) and it has enough pockets to handle all her stuff.
The inside pockets are great for storing her notebooks, her journals and her textbooks. The outside pockets hold her wallet, her dorm key and her cellphone. A pocket for a bottle of water is on the side, which is good because she has a feeling she’s going to be drinking a lot of water as she peddles all over campus. There’s even a compartment just the right size for her pencils and pens.
She noticed a few other students had the same backpack – at least she knows she won’t stand out and be the only one with a backpack. Getting contacts was a good idea too – it helps her see better (no big surprise there) but it helps her see the world differently. She tried to explain it, but her parents didn’t understand. Sometimes a change in perspective changes everything – and getting rid of the frames that she saw the world through was revolutionary. She suddenly realized that her frames hadn’t just been keeping her eyes working correctly, they had been keeping everyone else away from her. When she decided to get contacts, it was as if the world suddenly appeared – and she had no idea it was as rich and colorful as it was.
Maybe that’s why she likes her new backpack so much – in a way she still hides behind it. She’s made a vow to herself to try new things, to venture out more, and to let others in. Her laptop bag is a big step in the right direction. No more clutching it to her as though her very life depended on it. From now on her laptop is a sign of liberation. A reminder that she can put her cares behind her and head off to new frontiers.
Who knew that a simple bag had the power to evoke that kind of change? I