Some say college kids are living the life, but do they have the right tech at their disposal? If you’ve got the right technology with you while you study, then college life become a lot easier. Here are three essentials everyone should bring with them to college:
First and foremost, you need a smartphone to get you through college. I know, it might sound very unproductive to tell students they need their phones. However, look away from the games, and instant messaging apps and smartphones are really important tools for students. You can use calendar apps to input your college schedule and get sent reminders when your classes are soon to begin. Smartphones also double up as alarms to get you out of bed in the morning. They’re also great for recording lectures so you can listen back to them later on when you’re studying and writing out notes. A smartphone allows you to access your college email account and get notifications sent directly to you when new mail comes in so you never miss a beat and can stay in contact with your tutors. Believe it or not, but you need a good smartphone to get through college.
Next, you’re going to need a laptop. Some students debate whether or not they should bring their desktop PC to college, but don’t bother. Laptops are far more practical and just make so much more sense for a student. You can take them to lectures and do your work wherever you like. It allows you to move somewhere that makes you feel more comfortable and productive when you’re writing assignments. Naturally, you want a laptop that’s good enough to handle the rigorous workload but doesn’t take a massive chunk out of your student budget. The general consensus around the student population is to look at the best laptops under $700. Anything over that price becomes far too expensive, and not worth the extra dollars you pay anyway. For $700 you’ll get something that will last throughout your college years without dropping in performance.
External Hard Drive
It’s quite amazing how few students will actually invest in an external hard drive or two. These things are so essential for students in college, so essential. They offer you an alternative storage option to back all your important work onto. If something happens to your laptop, then you’re in danger of losing all your saved work. It can completely ruin you, particularly if it happens the night before an assessment is due. With an external hard drive, you have a bit of tech that can store so much data and be used with any other computer. If a problem happens, you simply take your hard drive and plug it into a computer in the library, and you have access to all the work you saved there and can continue where you left off.
If you’ve got a good tech kit at your disposal, then you’ll find it much easier to study during college. Though some things may seem pricey when you buy them, remember they’re an investment for three or more years.
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