Originally Posted by Hayward
Do they still have lockers in college these days?
There were a few for commuters where I went.
Originally Posted by codeman92190
You know, I've heard this argument before, but I honestly don't understand the reasoning behind it. In a suit or jacket and tie, I will always be more "formally" dressed than others these days, but isn't the point of this forum to encourage what is now an eccentricity? I understand that the Ivy League isn't what it used to be, but at this point I'm not an 18 year old coming out of high school, so if they want to wear sweatpants and t-shirts that's fine, but I wear a jacket and tie in my daily life, and I feel like it would be a little affected to change that just because I'm going to school now .
I had that concern as well at first, but like someone mentioned earlier, I don't know that I would even want my whole load hanging on my arm all day. I guess I could just keep my things in a bag and carry my books.
I would recommend something with a shoulder strap, and not too heavy. A canvas messenger bag sounds perfect. I was using a laptop bag for a while, but I was generally carrying a few notebooks and maybe a book or two, and the weight of the bag easily doubled that of what was in it. I cut that out, and was a lot happier.
And yes, dressing formally will be incredibly excessive. The point of this site is to encourage dressing well- which includes dressing appropriately for your surroundings. Dressing formally is all well and good, but it's not appropriate for a modern campus, and you can dress well without dressing highly formally. Since you'll be a bit older than your classmates, you'll be able to get away with more, but most of your classmates will be dressed in hoodies and ratty jeans. Professors range widely, but I can't think of a single time I saw one in a suit and tie outside a special occasion. Sportcoats, yeah. One of my favorite professors wore a tweed jacket and tie every day, but he was the exception. And I would have been surprised to learn any member of the math or engineering faculties even owned a tailored jacket.
Wearing a tweed jacket and khakis with a collared shirt will make you much more formally dressed than most people, but you won't be as wildly removed from the rest of the student body stylistically. It'll just be a little more natural to the environment.