Computers Have Completely Changed The College Experience

Technology has come a long way since the turn of the 20th century. It wasn’t too long ago that everything you wrote was transcribed by hand. Imagine having to attack an entire 20 page synopsis with a pen as your weapon. The accessibility, connectivity and productivity of the consumer computer has changed the way students go college forever.

Before computers were invented talking to college administration was tedious and repetitive (with anyone for that matter). Conversing with important school officials meant going into their office or shooting a phone call. Often times when I send emails, 10 seconds later I realize that there is some minuet—but slightly important—detail that I forgot to include. Back in the old days, you would have to schedule another appointment or hope that it is early enough for you to call the office. Although most people, especially college administration, haven’t realized that punctuality extends to the online realm, it’s much more effective to instant message your academic adviser about your internship requirement than it is to wait for an appointment in two weeks.

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Since the conception of our favorite computing device, online classes have become an increasingly popular choice among students. It’s much easier to attend an 8 a.m. class when you don’t have to leave the confines of your home. Online classes allow much more flexibility than traditional courses because you can fit them accordingly to your schedule. In most virtual classes you have a deadline of a week, in some cases, to do relevant course work, where in a classroom you may be limited to completing the assignments in the class meeting time. With the economy still in recovery mode, the demand for online classes will increase in the next few years. There is a lot of college kids who rarely show up for class anyway and still pass, how important is the physical form of an instructor anyway?

Socially, society has also seen drastic changes because of the computer; especially in the younger generations. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to spread the news about a big party on campus back in yesteryears. Not only would it take days to properly canvas the campus and surrounding areas but attracting people from across the country would be almost impossible. Today there are numerous ways to broadcast events and gatherings via internet for free. I’m sure that most young people have used Facebook to inform their friends of their last birthday outing in some way or another. Being social now is easier because one isn’t confined to being present somewhere physically. There is an entire virtual world where one can be active, interact with others and let his voice be heard while sitting on his futon.