Don’t Lose That Paper!
Class is in 5 minutes and you can’t find the one paper that will determine your entire grade.
You only stayed up late all night, missed your favorite episode of “Gilligan’s Island,” and ate cold pizza just so you could finish on time.
You thought you saved it to your computer, but no dice. Plus your computer hates life and won’t work at all. What do you do? Well at this point, pray.
But to make sure this doesn’t happen again, take these few suggestions to make sure you never have a late paper.
A very powerful tool for the average everyday college student. Chances are, you have already used one in high school, but if not, there has never been a better time to invest in one.
Once again, almost every class will require you to write or save some sort of document at some point. And when you do, you better be sure to have a USB. They are located at almost every location possible. Kinda like plutonium will be in the future, you know, for your flux capacitor?
Anyway, check Walmart, Target, Best Buy or go big and buy one from Amazon. From experience, I have had one 16GB flash drive that has served six years and still continues to save me on a daily basis.
Five bucks says you will lose that USB at some point. At the library, computer lab, your ex’s house, or the growing pile of laundry that resembles that mountain from Close Encounters.
All which are perfect places to lose that stupid thing. Fortunately for you, there is a backup plan. Besides the creation pizza and anything Frank Zappa has done, Dropbox is about the coolest thing ever invented.
Dropbox works like the iTunes cloud by having all of your documents available to you anywhere in the world. You can open Dropbox on your computer or download it to any mobile device. Once you have your files in, you can access them on those devices. This is ideal for college papers, photos, and videos.
Dropbox also allows you to easily share documents with your friends and family. This can be beneficial when working in a group for a project.
Here at Angelo State, students get free access to Office 365, which gives you cloud-based storage to Microsoft software like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
You can download the O365 app and access all your files on your desktop, tablet and phone. And you get 1 terabyte of storage, so you probably won’t go over your limit any time soon.
This is the old reliable method. It never hurts to email yourself that 10-page research paper just for safe keeping. If anything, email your best friend, too. Just make sure that it is in an email you can access. I always use the school’s email for all assignments. This way you can access it from any computer at the school.