You're tempted to bring along your paperback copy of "The Burning Maze" after Apollo figured out that the haze spreading across California could be linked to another ancient foe, who had control over the Oracle of Erythaea. It was hard to tell which would be more interesting: the Californian residents under the mercy of Triumvirate Holding or Apollo's incisive descriptions of the Orange State. It was true that the rich and mighty were the last to suffer in such conditions, which made you recall your own predicament.
You wish there would be a cabinet in the lecture room, where you could put your copies of books that must be read during the semester. Not that a gadget wouldn't be enough, but there was nothing like turning a page of the book. You don't mind getting distracted by your inbox, as well as social media. There were certain days that you must set it aside for your coursework. It happens most of the time. You also wonder that your tutor might be crazy after mentioning a washing machine during your last conversation. The sound should disrupt a lecture, not to mention its (out of) place in the lecture room. Then again, a joke could be half serious in most cases.
It prompts you to think about your own needs. What must you bring to the lecture room? Your mobile phone is an essential component, but there are days when you think that it's better left in your room. Your roommate didn't find it funny at all, even give you an impression that a screw might be missing on you, Not at all. You won't dare bring a bike helmet, even if it some students think otherwise. (You rather do a long walk.) And forget the doughnut.
Why Your Professor Might Be Asking For the Following
Laptop. It might be heavy on your backpack, but there's no substitute for its numerous uses. Jotting down notes becomes easier. Checking out your professor's references couldn't be faster. If there's WiFi, then you can ask your coursemate a question or two without disturbing anyone.
Granola bar. There are days when you have little time for breakfast (or lunch in some cases). You'll be in the run especially during the spring semester. A granola bar is a perfect food for the likes of you, even if some students have doubts about its nutritional value. You hardly verify about it, as you have your daily share of banana and/or apple every other day.
Backpack. You insist that you don't need it at all, but there was one day when you forgot to bring some essentials (like pen and paper). It wouldn't fit in your pocket while it may ruin your image (or whatever your perception) when other students see you holding it. You might think of bringing your backpack during your visit to the local library. This could be the right time to be serious about the list of titles under secondary reading.
Pencil and paper. There's nothing wrong with the pen. As a matter of fact, it's the right choice when you need enough ink to remember an important note from your professor. There's a possibility that you won't have enough space, as there's a good chance that you question one item. It could be more. You may create a bit of a mess if you use an eraser, but you don't need to jot down sentences. A few words will do, which must end with a question mark. Ask your professor about it later.
Your fill of caffeine. Some students opt for a chewing gum, which should help them focus on the lecture immediately. It might not work if you're learning on an empty stomach. If you're still sleepy (or a bit sleepy), then you better have your cup of coffee. You can bring it to the lecture room, if not drink it before the start of the lecture. Let's assume that you have a quick breakfast (or early lunch).
Some Tings Are More Important During a Particular Season
Colder months dictate a scarf, which keeps you warm throughout the cold day. Let's not forget warm clothing, but you may need to find a spot to hang it. (If there's not one, then you might find a place to put it. You must not lose sight of it.)
If you're a visually-challenged student, then it's essential that you don't leave the room without your glasses. An eye drop might be required, which should help you look at your instructor (and the board) more clearly. In this regard, you might prefer to sit in the front rows, which enables you to concentrate on the lecture. A closer look also helps you understand your professor better.
You must not forget your wallet, even if there are days when you're too tight to spend on an item. Not that someone would barge into your room whenever you're not around, though. It's simply foolish to live it behind.