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Old 04-30-09, 07:03 AM
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What to do with School Notes?

After 4 years of long hard work I am left with a tremendous amount of notes and powerpoint presentations on paper, thousands of pages worth in fact. I feel bad throwing them away, but I live in a little apartment. I don't think that they are any good to anyone and I have all my books to refer too. I also have all my assignments on my hard drive.

I was thinking of burning them out in the woods where I always have bonfires, but that would create tons of ash with all that paper, but again I feel bad getting rid of a representation of all the time I spent going to class. Wait a minute I hated going to class, I only went because of all the money that I spent to attend the classes, and I wanted to pass also

See how conflicted I am, I just can't decide, I need your help here
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Old 04-30-09, 07:11 AM
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I spent a weekend scanning all mine then took the stack to a paper recycling dumpster, that way I still had the info should I ever need it, i've never needed any of it that I can recall but i still didn't want to loose it after all those hours of writing it down.
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I used my Intermediate Accounting book for target practice after I graduated. It was very, very cathartic.
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Recycle it.
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Old 04-30-09, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
I used my Intermediate Accounting book for target practice after I graduated. It was very, very cathartic.
Alas, our gun laws are ridiculous in Canada and I don't have one now so I can't take the ole 12 gauge paper shredder. We also don't have a way to recycle here.
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Old 04-30-09, 07:39 AM
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wall paper the bathroom with them
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Old 04-30-09, 07:58 AM
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wipe in the bathroom with them
poop threaded it for ya.
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I kept mine for several years - for some classes. I was an art major and so there was a lot of research done on different things. And I have some very cool, big and heavy books on art I used for the class. After moving a couple of times, and running out of room, etc etc - I looked at the notes one day and said "why?" and so discarded them - feeling kind of bad too. BUT I kept the art books and lug them wherever I land.
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Noting the OP's user name, I am hazarding a guess that you were in nursing school. Will your notes come in handy for studying for the licensure exam?
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Old 04-30-09, 08:18 AM
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Noting the OP's user name, I am hazarding a guess that you were in nursing school. Will your notes come in handy for studying for the licensure exam?
Good catch. My stuff wouldn't have done anything for me - however I'm sure that information would be useful for the future.
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Old 04-30-09, 09:43 AM
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They are no good studying for the exam I have all that info in my text books, which I am keeping. As well, I still have and will continue to have access to my University's e-library, which is about to expand.
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If you can keep it at all I would, at least for a few years. Try to figure out if you might ever need them depending upon your possible career path(s) in the next few decades.

I am a university archivist and I just had a PT call me hoping I'd have syllabi, etc. for her courses taken here some twenty years ago. I have catalogs and such from back then but not detailed papers and course info. I asked why she didn't keep all that and she said she wishes she had...
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For sentimental reasons, I still have some of my 25-30 year old chemistry textbooks from undergrad and grad school. I think I also still have a copy of my master's thesis, that I typed by hand on an electric typewriter: The quantitative analysis of barbiturates in urine using GC/MS. I remember writing code by hand in AppleBasic for the Apple IIc that I used to control the GC/MS.

Boy, that takes me back, especially thinking about the time that I spilled 250 ml of urine right into the guts of the IIc. I unplugged everything, rinsed it off with distilled water and put it into a vacuum drying chamber for an hour. It worked like a charm afterwards.
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I'm kinda wierd about notes. I keep all of mine, but I turn them into actual books (I learned how to bind books a few years back as a hobby).

I kinda like reading other people's notebooks -- the organization they use, the format they take, the things they find interesting or not. If you can't think of anything to do with them, mail them to me (media mail is pretty cheap). I can always recycle them from here.

Or, do what I do and bind them. A "saw kerf" binding is an exceptionally strong way to bind loose leaves of paper, and it's pretty easy to do. The only downside is that the book won't lay flat when it's opened. Most books don't, actually -- any glue-bound book won't lay flat. The advantage to the saw kerf binding is that you won't lose pages even if the glue breaks.

I'd love to give you a link to how to make a saw kerf, but I'm not coming up with much by way of easy instructions. The best beginner instructions I can think of are in a book called "Creative Bookbinding" by Pauline Johnson (link to Amazon here). I'd check to see if your library has it.
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Scan if you can. Then find somebody else just starting the same major and offer it to them.
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Old 05-01-09, 06:15 AM
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The nice thing about scanning is it doesn't really take up any space. A stack of books/notes needs a box of shelf to go on and someplace to put that as well. The 500G drive in my netbook holds all of my notes and picutres and fits in a much smaller space.
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I'm just about to graduate from college and declutter. I think I will toss (recycle) a lot of material. A while back I cleared out a bunch of notes from earlier classes I took.

Most stuff I need to know again I can find online.
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I've been gradu-mutated for about a year now and I'm of the same conundrum. That said, I've kept all of my textbooks from classes I enjoyed (which I guess is all of them).

My last two years I began just typing my notes in class on my old iBook, as I'm a much faster (and neater) typist than writist (caligraphist?!wtf?!).

It is definitely money on paper in a sense. I'm coming to the point where I haven't looked at my first or second year books in so long, so I probably won't in the future. So why lug them out to Denver when I move!?
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It is really an interesting process for sure. I used to have notebooks full of my handwriting. What I discovered was that I have progressed (I think I have moved forward) and what I wrote back when I was in my 20s I REALLY DON'T WANT TO READ!!!

My advice, destroy all evidence on how stupid and foolish you once were....
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I have notes from a couple select classes that I still refer to close to 20 yrs later.

The textbooks are all beyond worthless by now though, really didn't get a ton of use out of any of them after the subject GRE was done. Maybe grad school writtens a bit but that's probably all on books.google now anyway.
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It is really an interesting process for sure. I used to have notebooks full of my handwriting. What I discovered was that I have progressed (I think I have moved forward) and what I wrote back when I was in my 20s I REALLY DON'T WANT TO READ!!!

My advice, destroy all evidence on how stupid and foolish you once were....

That would mean destroying foo someday.
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That would mean destroying foo someday.
He said were, not are, so we are safe I think.
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Don't you folks have wood stoves in Canada? You have a means to get it going for years.

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Some type of automatic scanner would be money for a situation like this.

Most of my notes were on spiral bound note books so I jsut took my to the recycling bin.
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He said were, not are, so we are safe I think.
Not really, I refuse to read some of my early writings about living in Costa Rica which was only 7 years ago...
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