College is a big step in any student’s life. The beginning of adulthood and responsibility, not to mention the extreme course load that most students will realize is much different from what high school had to offer. For every new student there are a list of electronics that should be in a college backpack.
To begin with, each student should have a laptop computer or notebook size computer. Most colleges have resources if you do not have your own personal computer, but it is still preferable to have your own. Having something that you can take on the train, bus, or even just to a coffee shop is recommended. Some professors will ban computers in their classrooms, but, it is more common that a student will be required to have one.
Calculators are also a great idea to look for when you are looking at the back to school sales. It might be a good idea to save those graphing & science calculators you got in high school for some of your higher up math classes, but you may also need a basic calculator. Some of the college level math classes will need basic calculators that do not store information so that you can test without storing equations.
A great investment for any upcoming college student would definitely be an e-reader. Many college textbooks are offered on e-readers and it can be much cheaper than an average text-book and also much lighter to drag around campus and home again.
There are many awesome gadgets for students and it is a great idea to check them out when you are going on your back to school shopping trips.