My mom says I’m addicted to my phone. I don’t know if I would really argue with her on that, but I think I have a pretty good reason. My phone has everything. It’s honestly my lifeline and I rely on it to do so much during the day. As a college student, you can up that importance factor by, like, 50%. My phone is with me all day and it keeps me on track (most times). There are a ton of apps that I use on a daily basis but there are a few that I’ve downloaded within the past four years that have really helped me get through college.
Blackboard + Your College’s App
My school uses Blackboard for all of our classes so it’s important to download whatever app your school uses. I can hop on Blackboard and study PowerPoints whenever I have down time, I can also use it to check my grades and get notifications whenever something new is posted! I also have downloaded my school’s app. I actually rarely use it except to check my final semester grades, but it’s still good to know it’s there!
This one isn’t a necessity, but I absolutely love Spotify. This is an app I use daily and have never had any problems with. It allows me to jam out and make playlists to listen to on my walks to class!
I use Google drive to keep track of a lot of my assignments and projects. It’s so helpful to have the app just in case you need to tweak something or send something on a whim. I also find it helpful to download the other Google apps as well! A lot of my organizations use Google forms and Google sheets to sign up for activities, so this allows you to do that from your phone!
Fitbit/My Fitness Pal/5k Runner
If you’re looking to keep off that Freshman 15, downloading some health apps might be a good start! I use these three in conjunction with each other to track my steps, exercise, heart rate, water intake, caloric intake, and to get my butt moving! It sounds like a lot, but it’s really easy to do and it definitely helps!
I absolutely LOVE Yelp and I think it’s a great tool to use, especially if you’ll be a freshman entering a new city/town. Yelp allows you to check out reviews for food places, salons, and more!
I have these apps downloaded because I use them a lot, but it’s also good to have them just in case of an emergency. If (heaven forbid) you ever got stranded somewhere, it’s good to know you have that app and a way to get home. I also have the SEPTA app downloaded so if your city has public transit, that’s a good way to stay on top of changes or alerts that happen! When I took the bus to work I could see the times it’d arrive at my stop and when I take the train, I use it to check the full train schedule!
I don’t only use the Kindle app for leisure reading! If you bought an e-textbook, it’s so helpful to have the Kindle app on your phone and computer to be able to read it anywhere!
Venmo has been an absolute game changer for my roommates and I. It’s a great way to transfer money. Pay your roommates back for the lunch they spotted you when you didn’t have cash, pay them for utilities, for alcohol, you name it! It’s so easy and has been a total lifesaver, especially since I don’t have a bank on campus!
Probably a good idea to check out the app for your preferred coffee spot. You can get deals this way and some places have rewards programs!
What apps do you use the most at college? What would you add to this list?