Studying For Your Final Exams: Not So Green
By Frederick Carle on January 2nd, 2009
Now that my final exams are over I can finally get back to writing more stuff.
Since I’m just out of exams I think it would be a great time to write about how students that usually are eco-conscious are giving less or even no attention at all to the way they consume during this period of time.
You have to admit that when your in an exam period you just don’t have the time to cook yourself diner or even make yourself a proper lunch to bring along to your study group. So what is the easy thing to do?
What most of us do is go to the closest subway or fast food restaurant and grab something that’s cheap to be able to go back to studying as quickly as possible. I would even say that eating at the University’s cafeteria is not even an option for me since you pay more for the same fast food you can find just outside of campus. If your a guy like me who’s in the gym at least 4 days a week you have to have something big to fill you stomach. That’s one more reason why the University’s cafeteria is simply not an option. If you think of all the paper wraps and plastic bags and plastic utensils that are used in fast food restaurants, it’s truly not the best way to ease off on the environment.
So that’s the round up on food. Now let’s talk about paper. If you take a look at the picture at the top of this article, you’ll see the amount of wasted paper that is created during a two week study period. It’s completely unbelievable. In normal times I try to never use paper. Every chance I get I use my laptop to do my school work and I give my final product to my teachers via email. But when you have 2 different math courses in the same semester, you just can’t do that. If you’re asking yourself why, you should know that the only way to do good in math is to practise. If anyone can tell me what could be a better way to do this I would be glad to put my paper aside and go with it. I would be the fist to spread the word on a more eco friendly way to study math. If you take the 200 plus sheets of paper used in my 2 weeks of studying multiplied by all the students in all the University’s, that’s a whole bunch of trees that c0uld be spared.
So if you have any suggestion on a more eco-friendly way to study, please feel free to share with all of us.