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Promotional Pens - Pefect For Students?

Feb

08

As a computer science student, I'm often fascinated by the number of students who seem to rely solely on laptops/netbooks for taking notes in lectures. You see all kinds of hardware, from hulking great things that require the student to find a power point in the lecture hall to slim-and-slender Apple laptops and tiny netbooks with their all-day-long batteries of wonder.

 Sometimes (in the particularly dull lectures, at least) I find myself peeking over the shoulders of my fellow students to inspect their note-taking methods. It seems that many are happy to write lists of bullet points in Microsoft Word, while others are using fancy mind-mapping software, writing personal wikki’s or drawing directly onto their touch screens with a stylus.

 I’ve played around with all of these methods before, both open source and commercial but (and don’t forget, this is coming from a computer science student) I can’t help but think both myself and all the other laptop-toting students are missing something… It’s called a Pen!

 There’s simply no easy way to annotate ideas, draw diagrams, scribble things out and copy down Greek notation and formulae with a keyboard and mouse. I firmly believe that this applies to all types of courses, no matter what you’re studying, you’re always better off with a notepad and a pen.

 On the subject of pens, the options are still wide and varied. I know some people have a particular pen that they love and their swear by it for comfort and reliability but I could never hold onto a pen for more than a day or two before losing it.

 The funny thing is, we’ve probably all got a drawer full of pens in our desks, half of them probably don’t work and most of them we didn’t pay for… Wait, did I say free pens? Take a look at all the pens in the bottom of your bag or in a drawer somewhere, you’ll probably find a selection of pens with some company's corporate logo printed onto them. I know a lot of them came from the Fresher’s Fair but half of these companies I’ve never heard of and I have no idea where these pens came from.

 Wouldn’t it be great if we could track the lifespan of one of these promotional pens? Through every owner, every exam, every instance of being lost and found again, buried under a pile of books, chewed on the end, loaned, borrowed and stolen. If we could see every letter the pen had scrawled, every doodle drawn, every love note and birthday card signed and laugh at the graffiti drawn on the desks in the back row of the lecture hall. I say leave the laptop at home, take the Promotional Pens and create some history.