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If you don't know what Google is, then you've been living in a cave for too long.  It's about time you stepped into the light.  In my opinion, every college student should be equipped with Google App basics.  You'll probably say, well, I know how to use Microsoft Office and blah blah blah.  Sure you do, everybody knows how to write in Word.  Did you know you can make forms, generate macro, and do other amazing things?  Probably not, because there are a lot more advance features in the office suite you've never learned.

Your mission: Become a Google Ninja

1. Sign up for a Gmail Account if you haven't already.  Then view our tutorial on how to forward your college email account to Gmail.  You'll be glad you did.  Make sure to choose an account name that can function both academically and professionally.  Don't do something like "sexychunklover001@gmail.com" or something.  You'll regret it later.

2. Learn to use Google Calendar.  You might have Microsoft Outlook or even iCal on your Mac, but I honestly suggest you just use Google Calendar.  Here's why:
  • You are using your Outlook on your laptop and then your laptop hard drive crashes.  At this point you've lost all your calendar info.  
  • If you use Google Calendar, all your schedules and appointments are saved online.  Even if your computer were to crash, you could just go to another computer and view your schedule.
  • You can import your Google Calendar schedule into Microsoft Outlook or iCal.  In addition you can edit your calendar both ways.  This means, I can update Microsoft Outlook and it'll update my Google Calendar simultaenously and if I update my Google Calendar it will update your Outlook.  So no more excuses.  Use Google Calendar.

3. Learn to use Google Docs.  You can make documents, presentations, excel sheets, and forms like you could in Microsoft Office.  You are a little limited, but it does cover the basics.  Even this article your reading is being done on Google Docs.  Because in the event that my computer dies on me, I'll be safe knowing I can access this very document on another computer.    Here are some other valuable reasons:
  • Don't use Microsoft Office to take notes in class, use Google Docs.  If you take your notes onto Google Docs you can view them anytime you have access to a computer and the internet.  
  • Google Docs is not only available online but also offline.  So even if you don't have access to the internet, you can still write documents into the Google Docs program.  Once your computer has wireless access, it'll upload the documents online and sync them to ensure it's up to date.
  • Make it easy to share documents and collaborate online.  If you need to work on a project with someone, you can have multiple people make edits to the same documents.  Now you can avoid sending countless and needless emails back and forth.