I added the last book to the pile, the weight of the text books fully bearing down on my arms. I tried to roughly calculate the cost but I had lost track after the shell shock from the price of the first text book I needed.
I headed to the line to purchase my textbooks. The line snaked around and around, the books weight suddenly seemed to increase. I waited in line, shifting my books from one arm to another. I hoped that my newly obtained debit card had enough money in it to cover my books- and this was just the first semester. I was going to have to do this every semester!
The line slowly moved forward.
There had to be a better way to do this. But back in 1999 when I started college, this was pretty much your only option. Sites like CampusBookRentals didn't exist. If only it did, I could have simply logged onto my computer (which I was probably one of the only 50% that had a personal computer on my floor-man does that make me feel old) gone to campusbookrentals.com and ordered my text books!! But CampusBookRentals began in 2007- I graduated in 2002.
So there I was stuck in line, trying to balance the books without losing total circulation in my arms. Knowing that at the end of the semester I would be joining a line equally as long trying to sell back the books, where if I was lucky I would get 50% of the price I paid back, probably less.
Man, kids have it easy now.
*This post was written in behalf of CampusBookRentals.com. However all opinions and stories expressed are my own and true.