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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.


My parents got their first computer when I was 8 years old- well ahead of the curve.

But I learned to type on an electric typewriter.

I started typing things in elementary school- my handwriting was very poor, and very slow. They used to make you bring in the handwritten rough draft, and I swear the worst part was handwriting something that I had already typed.

This was the mid/late 80's.

I got to college in 94. You could use the typewriter or the computer, and I turned in a lot fo stuff printed off on my old dot matrix, where the pages wouldn't align right.

Now? I can email things to the professor. I can pull the file, format, and print multiple copies. I'm still getting used to the ease.