I think that a lot of this stuff comes down to using common sense. I have a
tablet, use it every day. Although tablets did not even exist when I started
college. But as a grad student, I use one very single day. You need to have a cd
it card if you ever hope to buy books, pay for gas.........just use it for those
things and not much else. I have gone my entire life without an iPhone, however.
I have a fifteen year old laptop computer that does everything most most
university students would need, at least from a scholastic standpoint. But it is
less effective at the things that waste time and money that newer computers make
Vladhagen, You don't need a credit card for those things, a
debit card will work just as well.
BUY the PRINTER! Sure, colleges offer printing services, but the way
students work is this: they finally finish that paper for their 8am class at
1am. There ARE no printing services open at that hour to print up the draft the
student needs to take to class for peer responses. And no, she's not going
to get up early to get it printed. She'll sleep in until 7:50, then sprint
to class.Printers are cheap--$45. Ink is cheap too--$8.Showing up to class without your draft will, at least in my class, cost the
student a lot of points.
Mom of 8Or the student could be a responsible adult and do the paper
on time and print it before it's due and not sleep in until right before
class. I haven't printed stuff on my home computer since I started
college. I go to the library at school when it opens at 7 a.m. and print my
stuff and work on my papers. Not that hard.I would also advice not
buying all the text books until you are actually in the classroom. For my
program, I spent $500 on books I didn't use or only used once or twice in
two years. By then, the price had gone down and I only got about $100 for them
when I sold them back. Now, I just wait until the semester starts, and within
the first week or two I can tell if I will need the book or not. If it's
just one that is "suggested" or I "might" use, I just borrow one
from a classmate. Saves lots of money in my pocket.
I agree with Mom of 8--the one I disagree with is the printer. Campus printing
services aren't actually that cheap; your student will probably break even.
But being able to print the paper in the dorm, and staple it is a plus.
It's really annoying to teachers when students show up with un-stapled
papers because they printed it in the library on the way to class and there was
no stapler. Also, while students actually printing rough drafts is rare, the
best way to insure that your child will not is to have them rely on printing in
TOO:After 13 years of teaching, I'd say only 25% of freshmen
students--at most--are "responsible adults." The rest are older
teenagers struggling to balance school, freedom, jobs, relationships, and
figuring out how to make something other than ramen noodles for dinner. For a lot of new college students, for whom this article is intended,
most of this is rather hard.Parents, simplify your students'
new adventure in college as much as possible. Maybe you purchase something that
later proves unnecessary, but that's ok in the long run. I've seen
students scrambling on the first day of class to buy all kinds of things they
should have had already--groceries, cables for laptops, laundry detergent--and
have an extremely difficult first week of class trying to get settled in and
caught up. That early sense of failure tends to stick with kids.
Seriously, just get the printer. I made so much money in the dorms selling use
of my printer to students who didn't want to wake up early to go to the
Buy a used laser printer. I can purchase toner for my old HP LaserJet 4000 for
under $25 bucks and it will print 10,000 pages. Then when everyone wants to
print their stuff on their printer, charge them at least a nickel per page. You
develop a revenue stream and reduce the free loaders.
The single dumbest thing you can buy in college isn't even on this list.The single dumbest thing you can buy in college is classes that
don't get you closer to a degree.I laugh at people who take
bowling in college. That's $1200 for one semester of bowling. Do you know
how many games of bowling and private lessons you can get at any old bowling
alley for that kind of money? If you want to learn to bowl, great...just do it
outside of a university.Tuition is expensive. Only take classes you
need to graduate.
@Brave Sir Robin--excellent!As someone who has gone through a
Bachelors, Masters, and now winding up a Doctorate, I add my voice to those who
say buy a printer. A laser jet is the best buy. You can buy a cheap new HP or
Canon laser and even cheaper used ones. If you use a company where you can buy
toner refill kits, toner is really cheap and easier to replace than ink. I
bought a Canon laser that is also a fax/scanner/copier and can duplex. It has
saved me SO many times.To depend on a campus printing service is
asking for trouble. Many times, it is not an issue of being a
"responsible" student. Can't tell you how many times I've put
in hundreds of hours to get an assignment done and worked all night to the
deadline. Having my own printer saved the day. With printing services, you might
be in a long line or printing queue, then what?As far as a tablet or
expensive laptop, I agree a cheap one can do everything you need. Documents,
spreadsheets, and research on the Internet is what's important.
I have also spent thousands of dollars on unnecessary classes. I went into
nursing. What do my history, music, P.E., and humanities classes have to do
with nursing? Nothing. How do they make me a better nurse? They
don't.I appreciate big brother looking out for me and wanting
me to be "diversified". But good grief, if I want to take those classes
I would. I could have been done with school two years ago. But now, because of
these extra moronic classes that I was forced to take, many countless hours have
been wasted where I could have spent them reading nursing material and
physiology books so I could perfect my skills and actually save lives like
I'm supposed to.
I did lots of ironing in college (I guess the "average" college student
doesn't go to church?), but there was always an ironing board and iron
available to use where I lived.But the idea that you'll buy
stuff when you get there is kind of dumb - if you know you'll need it, buy
it in advance because it will be cheaper at Walmart than the college bookstore.
Or better yet, get an Amazon Prime membership (it's something like half
price for students) and order stuff online.And definitely wait to
buy your textbooks until you find out what you really need. Your classes may not
actually even use them. If they do, look online before going to the bookstore.
Folks, remember college/university education is a business! The more classes
you take the more money the institution makes, and the longer you are
matriculated the more money the institution makes. The idea of well
rounded student may have some value but I bet it was bottom line first. The first rule of any organization is to grow. Two year nursing
programs become three and then four years. Sure there are other classes in
nursing that help you to be exposed to more skill sets and experiences, but it
is funny how you can also gain those skills on the job.People in
ivory towers tend to think nothing of the unwashed masses financial status nor
their priorities, only their plan to expand or add depth to their kingdom or
curricula.Not enough students at old State U.? lower the standards,
get more unqualified students to enroll and voila you have a need for more
buildings and faculty so you go to the legislature and beat the drums for more
money and buildings and staff/faculty which forces you to enroll more students.
You get the idea.
TOO: You're going too far. There is a LOT of value in having a real
education, even if you're "just going into Nursing". Broadening
your perspective is about living a fuller life, and having the chance of being
informed, and maybe thereby being empowered to make a difference in others'
lives beyond your specialized occupation. Think of your future children (if
that's in your future), and that's just the most obvious set of likely
beneficiaries from YOU obtaining as much education as you can.Robin
Hood has a point, but taken very far it loses its sharpness. Economizing time
and money is important; living a full and enriching life needs to go beyond
Don't pay for a car either. Most campuses don't have room for it, and
if they really want to go somewhere there are buses. A stranded student is also
more likely to actually work on his schoolwork.