It’s that time of year again: school is upon us. And with it comes the need to accessorize with the latest in technology. Here are some of the tech items that will help you to succeed this semester.

Whether it's basic math or advanced physics, somewhere in a students college career a calculator will be essential. (Photo Illustration by Emily Crooks / The Signpost)
Whether it’s basic math or advanced physics, somewhere in a students college career a calculator will be essential. (Photo Illustration by Emily Crooks / The Signpost)

Memory – Memory is a must have when it comes to homework and classes. It is useful for carrying assignments, saving important documents and an occasional cat video or two (to help you destress, of course.)

Memory cards run anywhere from one gigabyte up to two terabytes. With a variety of choices, the right amount is up to what you are going to use it for. I would recommend getting SanDisk 32 GB micro SD card. The prices range from 14 to 17 dollars and not only come with the card but come with an adapter.

This adapter allows you to use your memory card anywhere, like your cell phone or camera, as well as your computer. These can be found in store and online.

Communication –  Speaking of phones, cell phones are a necessity these days. Phones can range from 50 dollars to upwards of several hundred. Depending on your preference, there is Apple or Android. And with a variety of plans, coverage is something to think about.

There are many options when it comes to the type of cell phone, as well as the plan. Take the time to look around and pick the plan that is best for your needs.

Computer accessories – Ever been in that situation where you just don’t have enough USB ports to do what you want? I know I have, and so I would recommend a simple computer USB hub. These items let you connect four or more USB devices into one USB port.

These start around 3 dollars and come in all shapes and sizes. There are shapes from simple blocks, to even logos of your favorite brands. These are found anywhere electronics are sold and can be found at the school bookstore as well.

Crunching numbers – Let’s face it, at one point or another, you are going to take a math class or a class that deals with math, such as physics or engineering. Be it lower or upper division, you are going to need a calculator. Calculators start out at 11 dollars and vary in range.

Although better calculators with more functions can be pricey, if you take good care of it, a calculator can last a long time. For those needing a graphing calculator, I would suggest getting a TI 83 graphing calculator. These run around 90 dollars and have all the basic functions and a decent sized screen for finding points.

A laptop is essential for students, especially those with classes that consist of mainly online assignments.  (Photo Illustration by Emily Crooks / The Signpost)
A laptop is essential for students, especially those with classes that consist of mainly online assignments. (Photo Illustration by Emily Crooks / The Signpost)

Again, these can be found wherever electronics are sold, as well as the bookstore.

The spring semester has the potential to be great and can be even greater with the right gear. There are many things that can be purchased to enhance your studies, and this is just a way to get you started. Explore what is out there, and find technology that fits your budget and needs.

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