Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Three things usually accompany any college girl on campus during fall: a good pair of yoga pants, a warm cup of coffee, and a colorfully decorated and adorned laptop. I would know because as I sit here writing this blog, I am guilty of sporting all the above. Though each of these are addicting, carrying my laptop wherever I go has become more like a clingy relationship than a healthy habit. So this semester, I am saying bye-bye to my beloved laptop and hello to the rest of the World.
As a freshman, I was so excited to purchase my first computer. I knew right away I wanted an Apple product, and there was no convincing me otherwise. With money from my graduation party and the support of my parents, I happily marched into the tech store on campus and bought my 15 inch MacBook Pro.
It took me less than a day to have my entire collection of files and programs uploaded on to my laptop. In fact, my Mac even made it’s way to the dinner table that night so I could “check” on the uploading process.
I was totally in love with my computer. Instead of being stuck in one place I could take work, school and of course, social media anywhere with me at any time. At first, this was great. This habit of always being connected stuck with me for over four semesters.
See what I mean about colorful? I definitely can't mistake my Mac for anyone else's!
This semester though became very different very quick. I moved from a big house off of campus to a small apartment right in college central. Now, instead of driving my car, I’ve been taking the scenic route to class.
At first, I stopped carrying my laptop because it just became too heavy to haul around campus. Then I realized something even more important than the health of my shoulders: my laptop caused me to miss out on a lot.
While sitting in a lecture, I would almost always be working on something, whether it was a paper for another class or my inspiration board on Pinterest, instead of paying attention. Not only did I lose focus in class, but after I left, I was still absorbed by what I had just read on my computer or how I could finish that paper even quicker.
For a long time, I chalked all of it up to multi-tasking. The more I was on my laptop, the more efficient I would be. In reality, the more I was on my laptop, the more disconnected I was from everything else. I take some pretty interesting classes and interact with some really neat people. They deserve my attention way more than a hi-tech screen.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love technology and think it’s not only an important tool for agriculture, but for any professional. Without it, I couldn’t have this blog or complete virtually any school work or job-related tasks. I do believe, however, I let my enthusiasm cloud what’s really important.
Nothing can replace time spent with a great professor or colleague, a beautiful walk across the Oval, or the feeling only harvest time can bring. The break-up might not be the easiest, but I promise, that your laptop will always be sitting and waiting on you after the important stuff is done! Let yourself become disconnected. It’s truly a wonderful feeling.
Author: Meghan Bennett
Categories: Intern Avenue
Tags: intern avenue, College Life, Laptops
Marketing Associate Intern at Beck’s Hybrids, Student at The Ohio State University, Small town girl from Southwest Ohio, AGvocate, Lover of Livestock.
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