I deliberated over this decision for a long time because before buying the modern commuter a few weeks ago, I had been sporting the same beat-up black north face backpack since high school. As a college student, you almost always have a backpack or other roomy bag on you. The modern commuter is desirable for its minimalist, clean look, and inexpensive but sturdy materials. This bag is also particularly desirable at Harvard for a few reasons: its zippers are easy to access during mandatory library bag checks, this gray color looks nice against a black jacket (practically year-round uniform in Boston!), and because I’m able to connect with others who have Everlane bags.