Me: Lauren, that backpack is ridiculously heavy. I don’t even know how you carry it. Do you really need all that stuff? You should clean that out.

Lauren: Mom, I need all of this. This is my science binder and my math binder and my…..*proceeds to identify every binder and notebook*  And, then, this is a Penn State brochure to remind myself where I’m going with all this and why I’m doing it.  So I don’t just give up and quit.

Me: *winning!*