I would have to say lately for school I would normally promote a backpack to hold everything you could possibly need to carry. But I have found that I am really liking my VV tote as a school bag right now. It is big enough to carry a notebook and a smallish textbook and hold anything I may need. It also keeps me from carrying all the thing I won't ever need. Plus its a Red Sox pattern, which for living in Boston is a must.
For a backpack, if thats what you like to carry, I love my Jester by North Face. Pockets for everything and fits anything you might need to bring to back to back classes.
Hope everyone's year has started well and Happy Blogging