I recently discovered how sacred printer paper is to college students.
If we held a modern gladiatorial combat with college students, it would be for printer paper. College students would arm themselves and head into the arena to battle to the death.
I am not sure about other colleges or universities, but at my school printer paper does not come free. Most lounges are supply-your-own-paper printers. Only the commuter lounge, which is really supposed to be used by commuters-only, resources are free of charge. That is, they are free if you know where to look. You still have to walk to a different room to pick up printer paper, and even then it is hard to get. I have gotten many looks from whoever is working there, almost to say, “are you REALLY a commuter.” When you finally get a hold of some paper, you bring back the paper and quickly shove it into the printer. As you quickly select print, you realize someone else is headed to the printer. And shooting out of the device comes their notes. Of course, the paper they just used up was not their own, but they don’t care. They are in the same rush as you are. It’s every man for himself!
I’ve never actually gotten mad at someone for using up the paper that I have brought back because I know I can get it for free. I would be frustrated however, if I brought in stacks of my own paper, and then other students use it all up. I have seen people literally argue with each other over printer paper. It’s so ridiculous but at the same time, if people would just respect each others materials we wouldn’t have any issue.
Finals week makes kids go insane. I have seen people hurrying to print out their 50 pages of slides just so they can study. So it is no wonder students get upset when some lazy student comes in and just prints their papers without bringing any paper. Some students will have no problem voicing their opinions, and you really see how rude people are on your campus. I had a girl yell at me for using her paper, when I had counted out exactly how many pages I needed and placed them in the printer. She ran over to the printer and whipped out her paper so I wouldn’t use it. She left some behind, and instead of keeping it, I gave it back to her (although I really think I should have kept it).
Which reminds me, whenever you see printing paper without an owner, snatch it up! I have found many piles of paper that have yet to be used, and hey, if you don’t protect it someone else will! I have also found that printing your papers at the last minute are never a good idea. This is just increasing your chances of things to go wrong, which will only leave you stressed and angry. I also have decided to bring only the amount of paper that is necessary to print my document(s). This way you aren’t putting extra paper in the printer for someone else to use. Also, put the paper in the printer right before you go to print something.
I never would have suspected that college students would go so crazy over paper, but I am starting to see it makes sense. We need so much paper every day, and when people try to take the little resources you have, it can be stressful. Sharpen your elbows students, you may need them!