You could say I'm like every other 20- year-old girl in America when it comes to my cell phone. I always, always, always have it with me.
I use it not just as a way to make calls, but for a day planner, a way to check my e-mail, and as an alarm clock. Basically, I would be lost without it.
Last week my cell phone plan was up for renewal. This meant that I could get a new phone at a very cheap price. I went with the Samsung Reality for 97 cents-a $1.03 with tax. It's my very first touchscreen phone.
As is the case when I?get any new piece of technology, I'm still learning how to use it.
I've got the day planner figured out and, of course, I know how to send and receive calls. But everything else is still a little bit sketchy.
Monday night I set my alarm on my phone for 7:15 a.m. I had an 8 a.m. class on Tuesday that I had to be up for.
But when I woke up - unnassisted -Tuesday morning, I rolled over to see that it was 7:40 a.m. Instead of activating my alarm for Tuesday, it turns out I deactivated it.
Waking up a tad bit late would usually not be that big of a deal. On a normal school morning I would have just pony-tailed my hair, thrown on a sweatshirt and sprinted out the door.
But, of course to ad to the chaos, my group was presenting a business plan in front of the class Tuesday and we just happened to be the first group in line.
Still half asleep, I fumbled into my closest and searched for something to wear. I managed to find a gray sweater with the word "LIVE" written across the front.
I pony-tailed my hair, brushed my teeth, threw on some lip gloss and called it good. I didn't even look in the mirror to make sure I looked put together. There was simply no time for that.
By the time I ran into class, my group was already presenting. Frantically, I tossed my bags down and went to the front.
As I was attempting to catch my breath, I looked down at my shirt and realized it was inside out.
So instead of my shirt saying "LIVE" it said "EVIL." Oops.
Editor's note: Chelsey Roath is a student at Northern Michigan University. Her weekly column on college life in Marquette runs on Sundays. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.