Going back to college!! POST YOUR GEAR!!!!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Kermit the frog, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Kermit the frog macrumors regular

    Kermit the frog

    May 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It's been about 8 years since I've had any kinda schooling. I'm starting strong with 14 credits for my first semester.

    Anyways do you guys reccomend any "equipment" set aside from the obvious notebook, paper, pens, etc...... i wanna be somewhat prepared
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    6" Bong. Or 4" pipe.
    at least 10ft beer bong.
    Good table for beer pong.
    Lawn chairs.
    Pilot Pens.
  3. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    That's all I use. I prefer taking notes by hand since you retain information better if you write it rather than type it. Plus taking notes by hand forces you to listen and decide what is important rather than typing an entire lecture (which does you no good).

    If you find that you need more later, buy it then, but I wouldn't recommend buying something ahead of time to only find out later that it's pretty useless (like how I would have purchased an iMac instead of my MacBook if I knew that I wouldn't like taking notes on a computer).
  4. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    All good advice. :D

    A few things I find indispensable at Uni:
    -iPod and a set of good earphones. I find studying a whole lot easier if I've got some tunes to listen to - all the more so when there's a bug going around and everyone in the library is coughing and wheezing. :/
    -travel mug. You'll soon appreciate it, trust me.
    -good pens. It might just be me, but I cannot stand to take notes with cheap pens. For me spending a little extra to get a nice pen that writes well is really important.
    -a comfy bag. Shouldn't require any explanation.

    As to what else you need, I guess that depends on what you're taking. :)
  5. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2002
    Eastern seaboard
    Pulsepen if your school is against laptops for note taking.
  6. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    :apple:MacBook Air is great for notes. Also get a laser printer I beleave Brother has one in the Apple store for $149 20,000 pages before you have to replace the ink!:apple:
  7. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    While I disagree with the laptop suggestion, I completely agree with the laser printer suggestion if you're majoring in a subject that requires you to write/print a lot of papers. I recently dumped my ink jet for a Brother laser printer and I will be saving so much money because of it.
  8. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    For school i have two folders, one to put in any handouts i get and the other for printed out lecture slides, a mini notebook and pen for note taking plus a USB thumb drive to move/store files. I carry all these in a small leather vertical messenger

    I also have my MBP for general computing and churning out essays and hobbies like video/picture/music editing and of course an iPhone to stay in touch and to act as my iPod.
  9. Andyee85 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    If your just going to school and not working you should be all set with the other posts, but if your gonna work and do school I suggest a trunk full of 5-hour energy drinks! :D
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    For me I found having a laptop at the begining was nice but as I moved deeper into my major it became less useful and I was working on my desktop more and more.

    For paper writing I preferred to use the laptop but when it came to more indebt work with heavier excel useage or code writing I went to the desk top. Mostly because it was bigger and I had extra monitors set up for it but by the end I was doing more work on paper.

    The printer depends on how much you print. I would go print less than 500 pages a year and a lot of it was not school related.

    As for supplies I was a huge fan of the 3 ring binders. I had one for each class. I stored all my notes, homework, test ect in them. It made it very easy to keep track of everything.

    As for other stuff like for fun I will assume you been on your own long enough to know what you will be living off campus and be moving to the city the school is to live or already live there so that advise is not needed.
  11. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2008
    Germantown MD/ Columbus OH
    For me a printer is a must, I mean c'mon some teachers let you email the papers, but most if not all of them require a paper copy.
  12. leishan macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2005

    That pretty much covers it.
  13. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    I like my netbook (msi wind) for notes and in-library essay writing as it's nice and small, just in my bag it goes. As others have said, a laser printer is a must to save on ink costs. I would add an xbox/ps3 so you havesomething to do when essays are due, after all who the hell goes to school to do work?
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    are laser printers pretty affordable?

    how does the cost of toner compare to ink?
  15. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Like anything, you can spend a little to a whole heck of a lot. The cheap lasers can be had for a hundred bucks or so. Do a search on black and while laser printer reviews, and you'll get an idea of what's out there. A good source for used laser printers is Craigslist - they're really heavy, so instead of eBay, lots of people let them go cheap if you're in the area.

    For my laser, toner runs around $70, but it'll print 5000 pages. So in the long run it's usually more economical for me to use the laser for the black and white stuff. I have an inkjet for pictures.

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