Sammie Collison and What Every College Student Needs for School – HGG403

Sammie Collison (Jim’s daughter) joins us this week to talk about her college experience and the tech she has used for school and journalism. Sammie is a student at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Mo. I think you will enjoy the show.

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #403 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.


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Sammie – what does it mean to be a journalist in 2019?

Headphones / Bluetooth Speakers

Project Management with Trello / Slack and Google Drive

Phone and Charger

Pokeman Go

Samantha Collison

Campus News Editor



10 essentials for dorm life at Northwest

In addition to all the items you use on a daily or weekly basis, there are a few items that have been life-savers during my two years of dorm life that you will not want to forget.

  1. A thick robe, because the fire alarm will go off while you’re in the shower in the dead of winter at least once.
  2. A surge-protected power strip, because the Maryville Walmart will be sold out on move-in day.
  3. A handheld vacuum, because the ones in the dorms are awful and don’t work.
  4. Earplugs, your roommate definitely lied when they said they don’t snore.
  5. Wall coverings, like a tapestry, photos, posters, or a net of fairy lights. The last thing you want to look at when you come home after a long day is a white brick wall.
  6. Curtains, if you’re in Dieterich or Millikan, because the windows do not come with blinds. Or a mirror if you’re in Franken, because there are none in the rooms.
  7. A coffee maker, because Starbucks is not cheap. Or bring an electric kettle if you’re a tea person.
  8. A mattress topper will go a long way toward making your bed more comfortable.
  9. A calendar, and use it so those deadlines don’t sneak up on you.
  10. Something that motivates you, whether it’s a favorite quote, a photo of someone who inspires you, a vision board or a piece of your fast food uniform from high school, bring something physical that you can look at when you’re writing that paper at 3 a.m. and you want to give up that reminds you why you’re here



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