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Mama Deb
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I'll be over here in the rocking chair, rocking

Someone on my friendslist, one of the many college students, just said, and I paraphrase, that she sent in her paper with errors, but fortunately she has time to correct them and send it in again.

And all of you who are currently or recently college students or, possibly, professors, are nodding.

But it's making me feel, oh, so old. Because when I was first in college, in the eighties, you *typed* your papers. Sometimes, if you were ambitious and/or organized, you *retyped* them. If you made mistakes even after that, you took out a pen or a pencil and corrected them - that's why they were doublespaced. And once you handed in your papers - and that meant physically handing them to the professor *or* placing them in their physical mailbox - that was *it*.

Later on, in the later eighties, when I had access to a computer, I did word process them (using, I believe, a shareware clone of Wordstar) and print them out, although my profs weren't happy because I was using dot matrix and dot matrix was hard to read, even in the highest quality print, and you had all these perforations around the edges. So some teachers still prefered typed papers. And they *all* had to be handed in.

And...I'm intensely jealous. Just leave it at that.


Well this is an exception. Usualy I do only hand in one final draft, though yes, the convenience of computers still applies. In this case, he's been helping me write it all along, since it's also my thesis, and he's my thesis advisor.

I used to handwrite papers until I hit high school, since it wasn't required to have them typed, and I would start writing in my notebook. Sometimes my mom would type them up for me.

But I love my laptop, since I take notes on it, and everything can be copied and pasted. :)

This was someone else, actually. She's not even going to school in the US, from what I gather.

I want a laptop.