Summer officially started around a week ago, but if you are a student getting ready to go to college, then you probably only have a little over a month to get ready. This means that you should be planning for all of your school technology needs! There are a few different items that we think every college student should have if they want to have the best experience possible.
This is the most obvious, but that is because a computer is a must have for any college student. The needs of the student will determine what type of computer is best to purchase. For example, a student who is only going to need to write papers may not need a very powerful computer. This means that they could use a lower end MacBook, Ultrabook, or any other similar laptop. On the other hand, if a student is going to be majoring in film, they will likely need a more powerful computer that is capable of editing video. If you aren’t sure what type of computer you will need, we would suggest talking to a W.A.C.D. Tech and they will be able to assist you in finding the perfect laptop.
Software can include a bunch of different programs depending on what the student will be studying. But one piece of software that is always important to own is a good antivirus program. If you are writing a long paper and your computer gets infected with ransomware, you could lose all of your hard work. We would also suggest purchasing Microsoft Office, since almost every college student will need Word and PowerPoint. While there are free alternatives, most of these aren’t nearly as powerful Word. Other types of software might be important, but this would depend on what the student is majoring in. For example, above we mentioned a film major, they will likely need to purchase video editing software like Adobe Premiere. Whereas a graphic design major will need to purchase Illustrator.
Many people may not think that a tablet is necessary, and while this may be true, we think having a good tablet is very helpful! Apple dominates this category, but there are other great options. Tablets are helpful due to their light weight and are a perfect device for taking notes and drawings and for reading.
This category includes things that are supplementary to the rest of your technology. For example, having a computer chair and desk are important since you will likely be spending a significant amount of time at your desk. A good laptop backpack is something you will use every day, and so it is worth purchasing a high-quality bag. Headphones that block out sound can be extremely helpful when studying, and there are literally thousands to choose from!
If you are a student, many companies offer awesome back to school and college discounts, and this can be a great way to save some money on the technology you need for your future! You should also talk to the college you are attending, and ask them if there is anything they recommend that you have. W.A.C.D. is able to sell and maintenance almost any piece of technology and ensure that you don’t have downtime while you are getting your education.