What does it take to be a successful college student? Balancing school, extracurricular activities and a social life can be one of the most demanding thing you face in your everyday life.
You may say that “Oh I do it fine! I have it all down! I may have a B- average on the brink of breaking into the C’s but psh! I got it down!” OR you may say that “With grad schools and my double majors, who has time for socializing.” OR my absolute favorite, “Forget school, I’m here to party! *GULP* *GULP*.”
For my three years in Fredonia, I have met a wide range of people, each with their own different ways of going about daily life.
My own way, for example, is controlling the amount of time I “goof off” to the amount of work I actually accomplish. First and foremost, work is top priority. I thank the world everyday for the advances that technology gives us the opportunity to get work done almost anywhere.
Working on homework is easy when computers aren’t the size of most science textbooks, weighing 7-8 pounds and contributing to back problems later on in life. My Macbook Air is slim, light and powerful. Great things come in small packages right? Well if we are talking about this computer, then you couldn’t be more right.
The great thing about all Apple products, is their connection between any and all of them. For example, I need one textbook. Out of all my classes, only one requires a physical textbook. Rather than pay for a $70 physical copy, I opted for a $40 digital copy that I could use on my iPad. My question after I got it…”Why have I not done this sooner?”
Immediately, I noticed the benefits. No more squeezing things into my backpack, over packing and then lugging an insanely heavy backpack around campus. Now, I am able to use my Under Armour Fredonia sack pack, with my computer and my iPad on it.
Another great benefit, thanks to the Apple products being so connected, I can start a chapter on my iPad, move to my Macbook and then if I head to class I can read it on my iPhone. Basically, Apple is doing something right!
I love how I can just seamlessly move from one device to another. When I had my PC, Google Chrome somewhat integrated the moving of devices, I could look at certain sites on my computer, and then when I have to go somewhere I would just open Chrome on my phone and Poof! those sites were open and at the same spot I was at. Subtract my PC, introduce my Mac and things get even easier. I can type notes on any device, and have it right there if I need to reference anything.
It’s really something like an Iron Man movie. Starting with something, finishing on another, The technology is here, it’s constantly getting tweaked and updated. I’m even upset I didn’t switch sooner, or even bought a mac as my first computer.
I get it, people have their opinion and I respect it entirely. As a journalist, you should do what works for you, whatever makes writing or broadcasting just a tad easier, I urge you to do what is simple and comfortable. Otherwise, you may be slamming jack and cokes instead of coffee.
Macbook and iPhone or PC and Android, do what suits you best.