With Covid looking like there’s no end in sight—at least not any time soon—you might be headed to college in the fall via your computer. This can make a lot of students nervous. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not all that bad.
While I did my bachelor’s degree at a physical university, I did my master’s most online (with the exception of two weeks spent at the school). And I can tell you, it won’t be as complex as you think it might be.
If you’re not familiar with online school, fear not. Many colleges and universities are set up to help you through your journey. But there are a few things that you’ll need:
A Reliable Laptop
Your laptop does not need to be super fancy, but you will need one that you can rely on. You can get laptops for fairly cheap if you just go with something simple. I recommend checking out the specs and reviews and going with whatever will meet your needs.
Don’t go all out on laptop storage because more storage means more money, instead go with something less expensive with less storage and find some cloud storage to use. Google Drive is the best because it’s free, which is perfect if you’re trying to save money to pay for that tuition.
A Notebook or Tablet
When I say “notebook”, I mean good ol’ fashioned paper and pen, but if you’re a little more tech friendly, like yours truly, then you might want to invest in a tablet that can take notes as well. I have an iPad that works with an Apple Pencil so I can take good ol’ fashioned handwritten notes.
You don’t have to have a backpack, but it can seriously help if you want to go to the library to study. Chances are if you sit at your house by yourself all the time, you’ll go mad staring at your screen. So, I have one that I can pack up and head out the door as soon as I get a chance.
A Comfortable Chair
Your chair makes all the difference and you need to make sure that you have a really comfortable one that you can spend some serious time in. That means making sure you’re getting the proper support, it’s comfortable and it works for you.
A Real Desk
You are not going to want to sit at your island or kitchen table for the next few years while you finish your degree—seriously, trust me, I tried. You’ll want a real desk to make sure that you’re comfortable. Compared with your chair, these are two of the most important things you’ll want for your school year (besides a laptop).
What do you think you need to complete your college classes online? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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