Having your own computer is great—you can check emails and type last-minute homework as soon as you return from various classes and meetings. It makes electronic communication incredibly effective, especially since it seems that professors and staff members reply to email requests much more quickly than phone messages. Plus, many teachers email assignments, so you'd best be checking your Truman account often. Blackboard, another feature accessible with your Truman email password, is an Internet-based storage space where some teachers put assignments, grades, and class discussion boards.
The on-campus network is speedy but a little frustrating from time to time. It's moody and occasionally won't allow access for 15 or 20 minutes when it gets into a snit. On the other hand, you can access LexisNexis and EBSCOHost databases, which are two great resources for reading and citing millions of journal articles, studies, and court cases. While most students agree that bringing a computer is not required, it definitely will save you long, exasperating evenings at a PC you're not familiar with. ITS can assist students with buying computers, but whatever the cost, it will be a smart, time-saving investment.