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Mobile Device Gifts for High School Grads?

May 23, 2012 - 2 Comments

High school graduation marks a huge milestone in every student’s life as he or she plans and look forward to a new environment, new friends.  Based on the Cisco’s Connected World Technology Report finding, “Half of college students and young employees (49%) said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device.”

As my nephew prepares for his college journey, what do college kids need most these days?  I recalled what I needed most back in college, scantrons and no. 2 pencils.  I couldn’t attend an exam without them as those are an absolute requirement on every syllabus.  Do scantrons even exist anymore?  Number 2 pencils?  I think back on how technology has really changed our lives.  As I’m searching online for ideas, I came across a few:

  • Tablet, Netbooks
  • PC
  • Smartphone
  • Leather portfolio
  • Cash/Gift card
  • Professional clothes

More than 50% of the ideas are mobile device gifts since it encourages collaboration and engagement.  Many textbooks are now downloadable so it saves the back and money.  I still remember those days when I’m rushing to sell my book back on finals day so I can hope to re-coup 20% of the purchase price.

The most interested finding in this report reminded me that “One of every three college students and young employees believe the Internet is as important as air, water, food and shelter.”  I should probably go to the store and find him the latest gadget so he can bring his own device to college.  Any other suggestions?

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  1. I am very interested in the trials that high school graduates are going to have to suffer through regarding higher education. Prospects for young students are daunting. This non-performing economy is not match for what the future will hold for college bound students. This article is clear,perspective, and interesting.

    • Thank you for your comment. I was really surprised myself on some of the results of the Cisco Connected World Technology Report findings!