5 Apps That Every College Student Needs

5 Apps That Every College Student Needs

I mean, our phones can definitely come in handy sometimes.

As we all know, our phones are always attached to our bodies. Sometimes it can get in the way of walking across the street, but other times our phones can be very useful in college.

1. Tapingo

I am not sure if Tapingo exists on every college campus but it is one of the best things I have ever experienced.

What college student doesn't love food???

Tapingo has many great features about it, but the best one is the food pickup option. At Missouri State University, we have a student union full of good food. Using Tapingo, you can order food through the app and it will give you an estimated time that it will be ready. This means you can leave class, order your food, and by the time you get to the PSU your food will be sitting waiting for you.

2. GroupMe

GroupMe is a way to create group messages with any amount of people. If you are in an organization, creating a big group where everyone can communicate and be notified is very useful. It is also a great source for when you need to keep in contact with your peers in class.

3. Spotify/Apple Music

In my opinion, music is always there for your and a music app with unlimited music is a necessity. Spotify and Apple music both have student discounts which make it even better! Walking to class on a cold day can be made better with headphones and your fav music.

4. Venmo/Cash App

Venmo, Cash App, or any other form of money transferring app makes paying your friends back easier. Not all of us have cash on us all of the time, so you can download this app, link it to your bank account, and transfer money to anyone with a click of a button!

5. Quizlet

I don't know about you, but I hate writing flashcards. I type a heck of a lot faster than I write so making online notecards that have various games you can play to learn your flashcards is an excellent resource for studying. You can also create an account and make your flashcards visible to other students who might need it. Millions of flashcard sets are available, made by other students, that you can browse through as well.

These apps have been very helpful for me throughout college so far. There are many other apps that are useful as well, but don't forget to look up from your phone before you cross the street!

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Point Of View Allows Us, And Nick Miller, To Grow

Point-of-view is everything. To Winston, Nick was procrastinating on his zombie novel; to Nick, it was a life experience at the zoo.


Difference in perspective is what allows us to grow as a society and learn from one another. Take Nick Miller (from "New Girl") for example. Living as a bartender with the aspirations of an author, Nick wrote a zombie novel. It was terrible—which was not all that surprising—but he included a word search, and all great authors include a word search.

The point of Nick's journey to becoming an awful writer is that he decided to live as Ernest Hemmingway did. By living in the moment, Nick forced his good friend Winston to wake up from his adjusted schedule and accompany him to the zoo. A trip like this isn't out of the ordinary, but Nick made sure to change that. In addition to Winston, Nick brought a flask with him to ensure he could live wild and free like Hemmingway. During this event, Nick was convinced he was living the writer's life, while Winston merely said: "Nick this isn't life experience, this is drunk at the zoo."

This is where perspective comes in. Many people would agree that Nick was simply hammered at the zoo, but point-of-view allows Nick to use his drunkenness as a way to fuel his motivation. Winston saw drunk Nick, Nick saw drunk Nick; the importance is how they viewed it. One saw an idiot and the other saw the potential to become everything Hemmingway was. This odd journey shows us that how other people view the situation is rarely ever how we see it ourselves. Having the patience and open mind to see things as others do will push us further in life. We grow as individuals and then hopefully as a society.

Having different points of view can also keep us in check. Winston was right that Nick wasted a whole day. By confronting him about it, Nick was forced into the reality that he was once again procrastinating. Although the day motivated Nick to finish the novel, it was also Winston's blunt truth that caused him to work harder. No one likes to be called out, but sometimes it puts us back on track.

So what can we do with perspectives? We can grow irritable when others disagree with us. We can argue a point or we can build our patience and hear the other side of the story. Differing in point-of-view can be draining but ultimately it grows our society. If everyone thought the same and made the same choices, our trajectory would have far less potential. People change; mindsets change, but it's how we get to those changes that matter.

Nick and Winston constantly roast each other. That might not be the best way to deal with things, but it shows one another they can grow in places they hadn't before. Without Winston, Nick wouldn't have finished his novel, and without Nick, Winston would still be convinced he likes his adjusted schedule.

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