Computers have become an important and indispensable feature of our lives. Ever since its inventions few decades ago and the subsequent introduction of the Internet, it has become an essential tool for many students and adults alike. Computer is used at work and even at schools which usually have computer laboratories.
However, although computers are a great technological invention contributing tremendously to human kind, it is not necessary that each student should own a computer to be intelligent and smart. firstly, as mentioned above, most schools have computer labs which are accessible for students. thus, poor students who are unable to afford computers can utilise the facilities at their school or assignment and research.
Secondly, research has shown that many students do not use the computer wisely. Most computers have internet connections that help students with research as it contains volumes of data. However there are students who use it to watch illegal and pornographic sites. some even download pornographic images and distribute it to other students. Thus, if students possess individual computers, they may be tempted to visit these sites as there is no supervision from school authorities. These smuts cannot be accessed via school computers as the sites are barred by school authorities. There is thus, better control and supervision of students at the school computer laboratories compared to students who own personal computers.
In addition, many cyber and internet cafes are sprouting in malaysia. It is relatively inexpensive to use their facilities. Thus, it is not necessary for students to own computers which are expensive and whose technology becomes outdated every year. Computers at the cyber cafes are constantly upgraded as it is patronised by the public and the latter is charged a fee. It is ridiculous to expect students to buy new and upgraded computers every year.
Finally, there have been many complaints regarding plagiarism. Since the internet has mountains of information and data, many students download or copy the articles and submit them as part of their assignment. Thus, internet does not allow for creativity to flourish and students become too dependent on it. The conventional research is better as it forces students to visit the library and plough through the books to help them with assignments.
Though there are arguments that can be advanced to support the advantages of having one's own computer, it is not necessary for a student to own one. There are many computer facilities which can be used for the purposes of research and assignment.
Every day I realize that I’m a senior. I know that probably sounds like a weird thing to say, but every day I have this enlightened moment where I say to myself “Whoa. This is my last year of high school. This is my last year of mandated public education.”
When I wasn’t a senior, I heard seniors talk about missing things about the place they live before they move, and this is something I’ve been consciously trying to avoid. I thought it would be easy, because the place I live is notorious for its lack of things to do. I’d bet that Murrieta is more exciting than a farming town in Nebraska, but if you only went by what you heard from the kids here, you’d think that this city is some kind of punishment. It really isn’t that easy to stop those nostalgic feelings from forming, though, even this early in the year.
Despite my attempts otherwise, I’ve started to notice things that I really like and that will be different no matter where I move. They’re usually just little things, like the Chinese restaurant with the sign out front that says “CHINESERESTAURANT” that serves amazing orange chicken. Or the fact that every morning on the way to school I see hot air balloons in the distance over the wineries. Or just the fact that I have a comfortable house to live in. When I go to college, I’m going to have to live in a dorm. I’ve stayed in the dorms of three different colleges for summer camps and programs over the years, and the thought of living in a dorm room just doesn’t appeal to me.
It’s not just material things that are becoming apparent, though. It’s people too, like my family. Obviously, I’ll never lose connection with my parents, but after next summer it’s going to be different. It’s something that I look at with a good mix of apprehension and eagerness. I’ve always been excited to live in my own place, have a job, and earn my own money. But it makes me sad to think that this is the last chance I have to spend a lot of time with my parents and family. Have I taken full advantage of the time I’ve had? Of course it’s fun to think about being independent and responsible, but it’s not fun thinking I can never go back.
And it’s the people at school. I’ve mentioned before that we have a large student body. With the understanding that by June this campus will no longer be home to me, I realize that the people I see every day I will most likely never see again. I’m not really concerned about friends — we’ll find ways to stay in touch — it’s more the people who I don’t yet know. At a school of so many, I can honestly say that I see a new face every day. It’s a little weird, and it’s a little depressing. I’ve had all this time to meet as many people as possible, and I do think I did a pretty good job of it, but there are still all these people I haven’t met. What about those people? They’ve been there, but I haven’t learned from them. I have so little time left to glean whatever I can from them — stories, experiences, jokes, whatever… I have a hard time not seeing them as a missed opportunity.
Every day the future becomes more real. The idea of college and life after college becomes less of an intangible fantasy and more of a hard reality.
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