Inside 'Dores

Home » Academics » Why it should stay on your list…

Why it should stay on your list…

Rachael Grenfell-Dexter

Like many people I know, I dismissed the iPad as an unneccessary accessory when it was first released. But, a couple of weeks ago, I jumped on the band wagon and, after a long period of saving up, I bought one for myself. On top of laptops, notebooks, recorders, and all the other things we bring to college, I know that you might be asking: do college students really need an iPad? Well, I think so!

Firstly, I have come to appreciate the fact that it is so much lighter! I walk around campus quite a bit and it can get very tiresome carrying a 5-7lb laptop around.

Also, I have found it to be more class appropriate. I have several of my textbooks on it since many of them are cheaper in e-book format. Some apps that I have found useful are Evernote (to read documents), Penultimate (to scribble personal notes on documents–great for notetaking and reminders), Quizlet (to make flash cards, hand made flash cards take so much time to make and mine always look so messy), and the Kindle application. If you want to take notes in class, you can buy an attachable keyboard. There are even cases that come with one built in!

During the warmer weather, it is nice to run around Centennial Park. However, in the winter, it does get a little chilly and I prefer to work out in the gym. I may not be the only one, but working out on the eliptical can get quite boring. So I scroll through notes, if I have a test coming up, or watch the Castle or Vampire Diaries episode I missed on the Netflix or Hulu app.

So…should you get an iPad? Whether or not the parents are convinced, I do think it is a worthy investment even if it requires a little bit of saving up. This may have sounded a bit like an infomercial…and I apologize…but, if you are not an Apple fan, Kindle and Microsoft have other options too. Still, if you don’t feel like buying one, our libraries on campus rent them out for three days at a time to students!

Back Home   

we're talking about

a cappella a-capella Abroad Academics activities admissions admissions office advice alpha chi omega Alternative Spring Break Alumni Alumni Lawn anchor down AOII ASB athenian sing Athletics AXLE Baking BCM bid day Big Brothers Big Sisters Bike biology biomedical engineering Blair Blair School of Music blog Blogging Bluebird Cafe BME Bolivia Books Branscomb break Breakfast brevard Bridgestone arena British Cafe Coco caitlyn's catch-ups California camping campus catch-up chronicles cello Centennial Park Central Library CFHI Chicago child development China choosing a major choosing Vanderbilt christian christmas Circuits class Class of 2016 Class of 2017 class of 2018 Classes Club Soccer Club Sports coffee Cognitive Studies College College Halls College Life college of arts and science college sports Commencement Commodore Cruise Commodore Quake commodores commons Commons Center Commons Cup Commons Dining community competition concert Concerts Cooking Country Music Culture dance dean wcislo decisions derby days Dessert Dining Dinner disney Diversity diwali dorms downtown downtown nashville Early Decision Economics ed sheeran Edinburgh education End of Semester end of the semester engineering English exam exams exercise exploring Extracurriculars fall Fall Break family family weekend fido finals finals week financial aid First Year five days of harry Florida food football founder's walk franklin fraternity free food french freshman Freshman Life Freshman Year Freshmen friends fun GEO goals graduation Greek Life Grins guatemala Halloween Harry Potter Health Care High school hiking hillsboro Hillsboro Village HOD holiday holidays home homecoming Housing houston Human and Organizational Development Ice Cream IFSA-Butler Inside Dores International International Student internship internships Interviews Intramurals james franklin Jeni's job Jobs Kappa Kappa Gamma Kentucky kissam Laundry leadership Libraries library list London major making friends managerial studies marketing Masala-SACE math Mayfield Maymester MCAT meal plan Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics medical school medicine Megabus mellow mushroom melodores Memorial House memories MHS MOSAIC Move Crew Move-In movies Music Music City Music on Campus Nashville Nashville Predators Nashville sports Nashville Symphony Nationals nature neuroscience new semester new york city NYC OACS off campus on campus events on-campus opportunities Orchestra original cast Outdoors Packing pancake pantry Pancakes parent's weekend Parking Peabody performance Performances philosophy physics poetry Poland pre-med procrastination professor professors questions rand Reading Rec Center recruitment redpepper Registration relaxing Religious Life research retreat Rites of Spring Rome roommate ROTC Running rush ryman Schedule School school spirit Scotland season sec Semester senior Senior Year Service shadow shopping sick sigma phi lambda sleep snow soccer social life sororities sorority South Africa speakers SPEAR sports Spring Spring Break Spring Semester Stambaugh stress Student Life student organizations Study Study Abroad Study Break studying Summer Summer Break Sustainability Sweet Cece's Switzerland Taste of Nashville Taylor Swift Tennessee Tests Textbooks thanksgiving Thanksgiving Break The Music Group The Pub The Vanderbilt Hustler theatre Time tour tour guide towers tpac training travel ultimate frisbee undergraduate research University College London University of Edinburgh vacation Valentine's Day Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Admissions vanderbilt athletics vanderbilt football vanderbilt medical center Vanderbilt Programming Board Vanderbilt University Theatre Vanderbilt Visions Vandy Vegetarian Victory A cappella VIDA Visions visiting home volunteer Volunteering VPB vsg VSVS VUcept VUT Weather weekend Why Vanderbilt Wilderness Skills WilSkills winning winter winter break work Writing YES Zanzibar


Recent Posts

Browse by Month