Students Are Bringing Personal Computers to School: Why?

For classes where students use computers consistently, many students are opting to bring their own.

By Charlie Perry

When  you walk into a classroom filled with students typing away on the school’s laptops, you’ll notice that a few students bring their own computer. There is more than one reason students feel the need to bring their own computers from home, from wanting a faster connection to the size. Concerning the size, Central has moved away from the normal 12 inch screen to the much smaller 8 inch screen. Not only are these computers pint-sized and noticeably slower compared to their predecessors from the year before, but the keys on the keyboard are annoyingly small and close together.

That’s not to say these computers don’t work for what the students need, but they are a downgrade. Shane Storm, a senior making the transition to the smaller computers, says, “They are too slow! For example, when I try to type a sentence, the computer doesn’t register my typing quick enough and it often misses a typed letter and, depending on how fast I type, it will miss complete words.”


I find myself bringing my computer to school every red day because of my dissatisfaction with what the school has provided.


Now I have never thought to bring my own computer to school on such a regular basis till this year. I have always been content with the computers that the school has provided. But this year, things have changed. I find myself bringing my computer to school every red day because of my dissatisfaction with what the school has provided.

Having my own computer is obviously a luxury and I’m thankful that I was able to have one, but bringing it to school comes with obvious stresses. The main one is the more I carry it around the higher the probability of its getting dropped, stepped on, or potentially stolen. But because I dislike the school’s new laptops enough, I take the risk.

Until the school brings back computers worth using, I, as well as the other students who do the same, will continue to bring my own computer in order to optimize the amount of work I can accomplish. That’s an idea not only I, but my teachers, will appreciate greatly.


Photo: Macbook by Rachel on Flickr

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