Wi Fi Reflection

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As a senior in high school, I know all too well the process of selecting the best college for my future education. There are many reasons why I picked the University of Colorado at Boulder. I knew that I wanted to go into business and Leeds School of Business has modified their curriculum to best match the current needs in the business world. Many future students, including myself, may not think about the issue of the quality of Wi-Fi speeds around campus, but as a concurrent enrollment student at Arapahoe Community College I have experienced how slow the Wi-Fi can affect my ability to work. In one of my classes the Wi-Fi was so slow that I couldn’t complete the task that was assigned to me, essentially wasting an entire class. I propose that …show more content…
As a current student at ACC, I have been affected first hand by the low quality of the current Wi-Fi that is provided in the classrooms. For instance, I will be assigned to gather research for a future paper, and we were given a large amount of class-time to gather as much research as possible, but it took around ten minutes for each individual website to load. This experience made me think poorly of ACC due to the waste of precious class time and how much money was lost due to the poorly allocated investment in the Wi-Fi at ACC. In the article “Bandwidth Demand in Student Housing” author Andrew Marshall tells the reader that high speed Wi-Fi increases the productivity of students in their dorm rooms. “Because U.S. college students are above-average consumers of Internet amenities, student housing properties must provide better than the national average to gain a competitive advantage.” Marshall said. The article uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and shows that in 2016 the average college student will use 5X as much bandwidth as the average United States citizen. Wi-Fi is essential for any current student at ACC, and if the current WI-FI speeds are not increased, student’s grades will be affected as they use an extensive amount of bandwidth and lose valuable …show more content…
In Matt Hamblen’s article “Wi-Fi helps college students get better grades” he writes about a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research which interviewed 501 current college students all across the United States. Around 75 percent of students that took the survey said that “Wi-Fi access on their college campuses helps them get better grades.” This statistic and the study results in general shows that Wi-Fi around campus is crucial to the success of students no matter what their major is. The survey that was conducted was not just your average student going around asking their friends’ opinions. The survey reached out to students on both large and small campuses which validates the survey’s data and it demonstrates no bias. The survey also asked students if they would attend a college without free Wi-Fi and nearly 60 present said they would not attend that school. This study shows just how important Wi-Fi is on a college campus and that ACC should improve their Wi-Fi on campus, and this could also help increase the enrollment

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