It’s mid-August and at least in the United States, summer seems to be slowing down. The rushing spring thaw has run its course and the rivers are returning to recreational normal. And, as if in inverse relation, the slower the rivers run the faster the back to school sales start to flow. That is if you live in the northern hemisphere, which typically sees a September to June school year. However, if you live in another country not aligned with the Northern hemisphere, your back to school season has either ended or is a long way off.
Being from North America, it’s interesting to think that in Australia, students attend school for 200 days a year from late January to mid-December. This is partially because Australia is in the southern hemisphere and they have their summer while it’s winter in the northern hemisphere. The school year in Australia has 4 terms. Each of the terms lasts about 10 weeks. Between each term, students get roughly two weeks of vacation. Other countries in the southern hemisphere have similar schedules with slightly different hours, such as Brazil, which only has school from 7 in the morning till noon.
But, just being in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean that a country has a relaxed September to June schedule. China is in the northern hemisphere, but it has a summer school schedule that runs from the beginning of September to mid-July. Unlike the long summer vacations in the Americas, Chinese students spend their summer vacation in classes or studying for entrance exams. The typical Chinese school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with most schools stopping for a two hour lunch break.
Regardless of where or when you go to school, one thing remains true: you’re going to need supplies. And here are Executive Essentials we have a great selection of back to school items like backpacks, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, pens, pencils and more. In fact, right now, Executive Essentials is having a ballpoint pen sale that includes a slew of great pens in all different styles from all different brands.
Yafa Poquito Ballpoint Pen in Red
This extremely simple, yet sleek and stylish pen has a flair that cannot be extinguished or ignored. This mighty writer measures in at 3-3/4 inches long. It opens with a twist and has a refillable cartridge that will keep you in ink for a long time to come. The entire housing is made of solid brass to give this small pen a bit a weight. Besides red, this pen comes in white, black and gun metal. The perfect back to school companion for the pop quiz in you.
Fisher Bullet Ballpoint Pen in Black and Titanium
Back to school brings with it a lot of excitement, anticipation, learning, and…excuses. It seems that no matter how hard we try as teachers and parents, the kids always find a reason to go in the opposite direction we point them. Well, when it comes to homework, this Bullet Space pen from Fisher will narrow down their excuses to, “the dog ate my homework.” That’s because this pen can write in any direction, at any temperature, and in any liquid. It’s made out of brass with a titanium nitride finish, leaving it with a look that will make sure your student keeps it close at hand.
Caran d’Ache Yellow Ballpoint Pen
Digging around in the bottom of a backpack or messenger bag, looking for the right writing instrument for class can be a drag. So why not gather up a few pens that are so bright they will be hard to lose? Caran d’Ache makes great, lightweight, durable pens that have a hip style and a ton of utility. Made of aluminum with a polished metal push-button, these fabulous ballpoints can take a heavy workload of papers and tests the yearlong. Besides yellow, these pens also come in red, orange, green, blue and purple. And of course, black.
Tumi Classic Ballpoint Pen in White
Coming in on the high end of the price chart is a wonderful ballpoint from Tumi Pens. At 50 percent off, this classic in white demands a student that understands the value in having a pen for the long haul. The ivory and silver colors combine to form a pen that exemplifies the word collegiate. The striking beveled pattern of the barrel-grip adds a sense of Victorian importance, while the slim, chiseled clip adds utility, without detracting from the pens overall, unique presence. By far, one of the best pens in the clearance section of the Executive Essentials catalog.
Retro 51 Disney Ballpoint Pen
Simply put, Retro 51 Pens is a fun pen company. They redesign our childhoods and our histories and roll them up into one of kind writing instruments that speak to us on a level like that of a good friend who we haven’t seen in a long time. This particular black Mickey Mouse pen is playful without being over done. Its modern look and feel give it a place in the hands of those who aren’t just yet ready to let all work turn into no play. And, if you happen to be looking for other Mickey Mouse and friends pen, Retro 51 has a wide variety of colorful pens just waiting for you.
Take some time and look around the Executive Essentials catalog and find some great back to school savings on ballpoint pens, messenger bags, backpacks and many other items.