College can be stressful sometimes when you feel unorganized or you’re simply stressed out because of all of the work you have to cram into your head in a certain amount of time. If you haven’t thought about getting a laptop for college yet, I would strongly suggest you look into getting one and I’ll explain why.
Get organized – Nothing is better than having a laptop to organize everything from your notes to homework assignments. A simple way to do this is to create a folder for each of your classes and put all of your work in those particular folders. This way, why you need something, it will be at your fingertips. Unlike messy papers and folders, all of your classroom assignments will be in one place.
The convenience factor – In today’s technological age, laptops weigh next to nothing and sometimes, if you carry it in your backpack, you may not even know you’re carrying it around. The thing about a laptop is that it almost weighs as much as one of your textbooks and probably takes up just as much space. While I’d recommend a separate bag for your laptop, it wouldn’t hurt to throw it your backpack as well.
Using software – With a laptop, you can take software to a whole another level. Software such as Naturally Dragon Speaking can allow you to record your professor’s lectures and the software will type it out for you! I’ve tried this software out and while it has some small flaws, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Back up your files – With a laptop, you can simply type up your notes in class and back them up to a simple thumb drive. If you’re not familiar with a thumb drive, this is a smaller USB device that acts like a disk. Depending on the capacity, you can plug it into your computer and copy files onto it. From there, you can take it from one computer to another.
Easy to keep up- If you’re a fast typer, you may find it easier to type rather than hand write your notes while the teacher is talking. If you can type fast, you shouldn’t live without a laptop. With typing, you can get full words out compared to writing where you have to write abbreviations for half of your words.
Laptops for college students aren’t that bad at all and in fact, you can find some reasonable laptops that are under $500. Check out the post I wrote earlier on how you can get a cheap laptop. If you have the money, I say buy the laptop. If not, you’re missing out!