|▲Online lectures are taken with a laptop.
The COVID-19 pandemic has tormented the world for about a year and a half. For students, this has meant that most lectures, assignments and even test taking has been done online. Under these circumstances, it is necessary for university students to have digital equipment such as laptops and computers. This puts many students in a difficult financial situation. Students who study design or engineering programs also need high-performance computers which are even more expensive.
CWNU is promoting a “digital equipment sharing support project” and looking for students who need support. Eligible students include students from 1st to 3rd year who are in low-income class, students with a GPA over 2.0, and students who don’t have a laptop. A laptop shall be lent for a semester or for a year to students who meet the necessary requirements. A deposit of at least 100,000won will be paid by students. Rented laptops will be maintained responsibly and should not be used for public use. Also, it is strongly recommended not to store any personal information in the computer’s hard drive.
The Campus Journal interviewed a student who applied for the digital equipment rental project.
Q: Please introduce yourself.
Park: I'm Park Jin-sung, the student representative of the Department of Electronic Engineering.
Q: How did you first learn about the digital equipment rental support project?
Park: I heard about it from my friends and checked the details on the university's website post.
Q: Why did you apply for rental support?
Park: My laptop broke down last year, so I scrapped it. However, because of the COVID-19, my working hours have been reduced, so I am barely able to pay my living expenses and rent. I can’t afford a new computer, so I had to go to my friend's house to do assignments or take lectures through my smartphone. Thanks to this program, I believe I can get out of this uncomfortable situation. The application process was simple. I downloaded the application form from the post, checked the conditions for which I was eligible, filled out the application form, and submitted it by email.
Q: Do the provided laptops meet the specifications of engineering programs or 3D modeling programs?
Park: All of the available laptops are equipped with Core i5 processors, so programs such as CAD and CATIA can be run without any difficulties. Even games such as LOL and FIFA can be run.
Q: Did you have any difficulties applying for the program?
Park: First of all, I don’t check school announcements every day, so I heard about this digital equipment support project through my friend. I am checking school announcements more often now because the official number of available laptops hasn’t been announced yet. Fortunately, this is the first time the project has run so I think I can get a new laptop. An uncomfortable part of applying for this program was that they asked me to submit proof that I didn’t have any laptops, but I don't think it's reasonable to only lend laptops to students without laptops. Even if a student has a laptop, they often have difficulties using them for class due to it being old and outdated.
Q: Is there anything else you want to say to the students who are going to use rental laptops?
Park: I think this project is a really helpful way to support the students and university education. Above all, I hope that borrowers will be careful with their borrowed laptops so that they will be able to return the laptops in their original condition. Just as the bicycle rental program at school was discontinued due to frequent damages and loss, it is up to students to help this project’s success.
Through this digital equipment rental project, the school is providing support to students who are struggling with the online academic environment. However, many students don’t know about this project because it hasn’t been promoted enough. Through this article, we hope that students in need of digital equipment will learn about this project and apply to it. In addition, borrowers should be careful with the laptops to avoid damage and loss. The university should also inspect the returned laptops, so that laptops in good condition can be lent out to more students so that this kind of good support project can last for a long time.
By, Park Hyun-jong, reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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