A successful student must be well-versed at using a personal computer to compose papers, take notes, create presentations (using Keynote or Powerpoint), research using the internet, download and save files. You must also be able to access high-speed internet. In the Jacksonville area, several service providers offer adequate options. While the UNF NAP is not in the business of promoting a particular brand of computer, here are a few guidelines:
PC laptops - For the sake of simplicity, any laptop with Windows XP SP3, the MAXIMUM amount of RAM, and a wireless (WiFi) card will function adequately on campus and for the duration of the program. Make sure to purchase a copy of MS Office 2008 (either standard or professonal), antivirus software, and anti-spyware software. Apple Laptops - Any Macbook or Macbook Pro purchased recently with OS 10.5 or higher (Leopard or Snow Leopard) will suffice. You will need to purchase a copy of MS Office 2008 (student, standard, or professional) OR iWork 09.
No matter what computer you decide to get, have it properly configured for your word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Software should include Adobe Reader to view PDFs, as well as the latest version of Firefox, Quicktime, iTunes, and backup software.It is not your professor's responsibility to figure out why your wireless card is not working or why your computer keeps freezing, so ensure you have a solid understanding of how to join wireless networks and basic troubleshooting.
The academic rigors of the program are stressful enough, do not try to make life harder by waking up one morning to discover your hard drive doesn't work anymore. Purchase a sizeable external HD and incremental backup software that will enable you to get back on your feet quickly should the worst happen. You need to focus 100% of your efforts on learning anesthesia, not reconstructing your lost notes and presentations.
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