My Laptop is My Lifeline on Campus & at Home
The world is utilizing technology more and more and this is most obvious when walking on a college campus. In my freshman year of college, I bought the same supplies for university as I did for high school pens, pencils, and notebooks for each class and within the first week I realized I could return nearly all those supplies because all I needed was my Laptop.
Technology in the college classroom goes far beyond writing papers and power point presentations. The entire academic process from applying to school, registering for classes and completing coursework is done online. College students are so dependent on the internet that when the Wi-Fi on campus becomes overloaded and shuts down students will use their cellular data plans to go on Twitter to express their outrage over this injustice because they were just about to finally start that essay that they were assigned a week ago.
Even as a strong advocate for the old-fashion pen and paper I quickly realized that my laptop computer is going to be the heart of my academic and professional life. Being involved in so many clubs and having a rigorous academic schedule requires that I create very meticulous agenda. I have several events, classes, and meetings that come at me from various people covering time frames from tomorrow to next year. I absolutely need my computer to keep track of everything I must do on campus or at home. Being able to stay organized allows me to have both academic achievement and involvement in a variety of on campus activities.
In addition to being able to organize my life I use my laptop Apps to complete the tasks I put in my planner no matter where I am. While sitting at work I can email questions to my professors and while eating lunch I can both complete my homework and turn it in. The diversity of tasks that I can accomplish from a study room in the library with nothing, but my computer and an internet connection is extraordinary, homework, current events and of course a quick Netflix study break is all achieved without moving or getting something out of my backpack.
Moreover, one of the most stressful parts about being a college student is wondering how I will be able to pay for that $10,000 tuition. One quick search on my laptop and I can find thousands of scholarships to pay for school and hundreds of job applications, so I can pay my rent. This is the most important job my computer has because without this financial security all the work I put into my academics would be pointless but because of my laptop the only thing that keeps me up at night is that math test I have tomorrow.
Acknowledgement: This essay was submitted by Megan Spittell for 2017 Rentipads.com Education Scholarship