Going back to school is an exciting time, especially if it’s your first year of college. There’s the idea of attending a new school, meeting new people, taking new classes – overall it’s a whole new stage of your life. Remember that your college packing list should definitely consist of more than just clothes and decorations for your dorm room. So why not be ready with your very own college school supplies checklist.
So being prepared for that stage is as important as anything, right? Exactly. Well, besides books, notebooks, and other miscellaneous college school supplies here’s a short list of technological devices that every college student either needs or doesn’t need.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but believe it or not some fail to realize its necessity. Granted there are available computers at your campus’ library, but let’s face it, you need a personal computer. This is your best friend during college, no matter who you may meet during your stay. You’ll do everything from writing papers to doing research to killing time with your computer. Laptops are preferable since they are portable and can be taken to class for note taking and for productive reasons when you’re bidding time in-between classes. Definitely put Lap Top on your list of school supplies needed for college.
Although a laptop isn’t necessarily the end-all-be-all, they have more practicality for a college student than an actual desktop. The portability of a laptop is far more convenient especially with a growing number of colleges providing free wi-fi to its students.
Need: External Hard Drive
Regardless of the model, brand, etc. of laptop you have, your internal hard drives are known for prematurely dying, and seemingly, at the worst possible moments. You know, like during the middle of typing your term paper or preparing a presentation – convenient, right? Not exactly. With all the rigorous use of your laptop – being constantly toted around or exposed to high heat conditions – it’s not uncommon for hard drives to go kaput.
Buying a backup hard drive now will save you grief from the financial and emotional turmoil if your laptop’s hard drive crashes on you later. Just when you think it won’t happen to you is usually – you got it – when it actually happens to you. So, let’s put external hard drive on out college supplies list.
Need: Flash drive
If your computer isn’t your best friend throughout your college career then you can bet that your flash drive will be. A flash drive is incredibly important for keeping all your files organized and together. Sure, you can email your information to yourself from various computers, but if you keep your flash drive on you at all times it makes bringing work to class, toting files to print out at the library, storing data to use in a computer lab, grabbing notes from a friend and all the rest so much easier.
Have a presentation that you need to display for the class? Put it on your flash drive and bring it to class. Gone are the days of the floppy-drive and CD-ROM. A new era of storing files and other data is here. A 2 GB flash drive or bigger is recommended. It’s better to have more space and not need it, than to not have enough space and need it. Not to mention, a hard drive with more space should last your entire college career. Make sure a flash drive is on your college school supplies list every year.
Don’t need: printer
You might be thinking to yourself that a printer is a very important item of use during college. You’re right, it is. However, owning one and using one are completely different arguments. Buying a printer involves the initial cost of the printer itself, as well as maintaining it with frequent trips to the store for ink and toner.
Simply using the campus computer alleviates this unnecessary cost. As a student, many colleges offer free printing at their campus libraries. If there is a charge it’s usually very small or it only applies to color printing. Not buying a printer for college may not seem practical at first, but it will save you money and hassle in the long run. If you remember your flash drive on your packing list, not having a printer is very easy in college. So Printer does not need to be on your college supply checklist.
Don’t need: graphing calculator
This all depends on your major and/or what prerequisites you must take. If your major requires certain math classes like trigonometry or calculus then yes, you will definitely want to one of these puppies on your college supply list. If you’re an engineering student, you should probably just carry one of these around as if it was your wallet because you’re going to be using it and using it a lot.
However, if you’re major doesn’t require that you take any math or maybe not any advanced math courses, then you can easily bypass this expense since it will cost you nearly $100 for the standard model alone. Putting a Graphing calculator on your college packing list is a question mark depending on what your major is.
Now as you have your college packing list ready, don’t forget to put on there besides clothes and a tooth brush, college dorm supplies, and all of your technology school supplies.
What else did you realize you needed for college that we have overlooked?