…well, except in the blog world. I think I read this phrase a long time ago when looking into the work of Harold Pinter who has written some of my favourite plays that use silence as a key character in the story.
So I would like to say my silence was all part of the ongoing story of this blog, but really it’s because my poor computer has been broken. The battery died on me and on taking it to the shop after a week of a powerless computer I learned that so had the charger. I was distraught. How could my faithful laptop do this to me? She (yes she) has been there since day one of the University of Leicester- a tool of work, communication and entertainment and she went and gave up. Only six months until I graduate and her battery just couldn’t take the charge anymore. How sad I was. How angry I was. How expensive a new battery would be.
However, luckily she was insured so a new battery and charger are coming to me of no extra charge. But I am still waiting to get her back and this has been a hard Christmas for me. As I sit here on my dad’s laptop I notice it doesn’t know my passwords, my bookmarks or frequent searches. It is just not my computer.
All of this may seem very dramatic, but for university students having a working laptop is vital as it is where you centre your work, as well as organise your social life and watch TV shows on all those lovely on demand channels.
The point of this blog is not only to be over dramatic about my laptop but to recommend to all future students to get a laptop they are happy with when they start at university. Some people may think it is cheaper not to bother and to use the university ones- but these are always full when essay time is approaching and also restricts how and when you work. By having a laptop you can work whenever and wherever is best for you and that is an important part of university because you usually end up having a lot of ‘free’ time as there is less of a routine and it is your responsibility to make yourself work in whatever way is the best for you.
Oh and always back you stuff up and check your computer is working, because it will be a sad day when it feels it has just had enough and you feel you should really have finished that essay a couple of days sooner.