Hey writing majors! I know what it’s like. You write paper after paper after paper every semester. You’ve got the first draft to print out and turn in. Then there’s the second draft, sometimes longer than the first draft after all of the revisions. And, if you’re not entirely a perfectionist, you’ve got the final paper to turn in. Some professors require outlines, project proposals, webs, charts, annotated bibliographies, and more. That’s just in your academic writing classes.
Then there are the creative writing classes. Revision after revision is submitted. Ten to twenty copies of numbered pages are handed out to each student for workshops and peer reviews. Then there’s the portfolio due at the end of the semester. Each final piece has to be reformatted to be included in the portfolio, so there’s more printing, and then there needs to be a title page, table of contents, letter of introduction, an explanation of each piece, if required, and sometimes a closing paragraph. It’s a lot. I know.
Money is also a factor here. You’ve run out of the free printing your school has allotted you within the first two weeks. You can barely afford your textbooks, let alone to pay ten cents a page. Your personal printer is tired. The roller is going bad and you’ve spent easily forty to seventy dollars purchasing only two printer cartridges. Don’t forget about the packs of paper you have to buy, too. You alone are probably responsible for killing and using a tree per semester. Horrible thought, isn’t it?
There’s a solution to this, though: flash drives. Let me guess: you’ve only ever used your flash drive to save backup copies if you happen to have the little thing with you to begin with. Well, that’s not all you can do with them. Use them as the primary way to save your documents, and you’ll have them with you wherever you go. Have peer revisions? Bring your laptop to class, plug the flash drive in, and then bring your paper up for the other student to review live. That’ll make reading their comments much easier later for you, too.
The best thing you could do with your flash drive is at the end of the semester. You know that 20-30 page paper that’s due? Don’t fret about the money, ink, and paper jams that cause stress levels to rise. Write your paper, save it on your flash drive, and then hand your flash drive over to your professor at the end. This not only eases your mind in that you know your files won’t be suddenly deleted or inaccessible when the computer shuts down, but it also saves your money, paper, ink, and time. Your professor will also appreciate this gesture. That’s one less pack of paper for them to carry around. They can just plug it in, make their changes or comments, and then hand it back. Plus, think about all of the trees you are saving by not printing and reprinting your portfolio or papers.
Don’t just buy any flash drive, though. Your work is precious. It took time, energy, thought, and is your pride and joy. Don’t lose it all after a cheaper flash drive takes a dive on you. Invest in CFgear customizable flash drives, and you’ll not only have piece of mind in knowing that you have a trendy flash drive but also a reliable one.