7 Apps College Students Need To Download Right Now

7 Apps College Students Need To Download Right Now

Trust me, you must have at least one of these to get to graduation.

It's pretty insane how heavily we rely on our phones now to keep our lives in order. Our smart devices are literally a digital extension of ourselves. They are our social outlet, our schedule, our alarm, our way to capture memories, and so much more.

Recently I have discovered some apps that have made my life so much easier! I wish I would have known about them sooner in college, so I am here to share with you youngsters (and possibly older folks) something you will thank me for later! This stage of life can get chaotic at times, and a little organization can go a long way!

So here are 10 Apps you need to download immediately if you are in college (or someone just looking for organization, fun, and inspriation):

1. Trello

If you are involved in any type of on-campus groups such as student government, clubs, charity work, or others, you need this app immediately! Trello can help an individual person or a group stay organized like you wouldn't believe.

This is app acts as a group or individual to do list to do list, but it can also act as an idea generator platform. It's very task generated and can keep track of big projects, as well as microscopic details. If you are involved in many groups, it doesn't matter, you can create unlimited boards and keep track of every single group you are involved in!

Once you complete a task, or it's moving along in the process, simply move it to the next column. You can assign projects by adding members pictures to a task, linking helpful information, and adding a description to each task.

Besides functioning for groups, it's a great individual app to also set goals, plan parties, and just keep track of what needs to be done.

2. Forest

If I would have discovered this app during my freshmen or sophomore year, my life (and grades) would have looked way different. This app will become an accountability partner. I don't know about you, but my phone is my BIGGEST distraction.

It works like this—you decide you need to get something done. You set a time limit. This app will plant and grow a tree for the amount of time that task will take you. If you get the task done, your tree (or whatever plant you chose) will be fully developed.

If you get distracted and do something else on your phone, the tree will die. There is also the option to give up— but don't be that person. If you open your phone while the app is running, it will give you some command to look away.

It's freaking fantastic. Once you complete a task, this app will also give you the option to set a timer for breaks between getting tasks done.

The more you get done, the more your forest will grow. If you are successful, and you stay on task, your tree should look something like this:

However, if you become distracted, and lots of your trees die, you'll have a forest full of dead trees.

And who would want that?

Don't be a tree killer.

Get your crap done.

3. Chaos Control

I am a huge plan of written planners because I consider myself a task oriented person. I have used them since my days in junior high. However, I've noticed I don't always have my planner on me because it's a hassle to carry around everywhere.

Chaos control is the easiest digital planner to use by far. It functions as a never-ending checklist. This sounds horrible, however, if you happen to not have your planner on you, it's super convenient to store a task immediately that is due later on, and set reminders so that you don't forget about it.

This app has saved my butt many times.

The nice thing about this app is you can organize your tasks by category. It functions as a calendar, so you can easily look ahead. It's organized so that you can see the tasks you should get done immediately, but also, if you have some time, the app allows you to look ahead as well.

4. Meet Up

When you move to a new town, it's nice to be connected to the community you are now living in. I found that at my university, they didn't have some activities that I loved available at the school.

This app is great because it connects you to people in your area who are interested in the same activities that you are. Sports pick up games, writing clubs, business networking groups, concerts, comic book clubs, you name it!

I started using this app to meet up with locals who play volleyball after I ended my collegiate career. I was connected to people who had the same skill level as me almost instantly.

Meet Up made this process really easy and enjoyable. I would recommend this app to literally anyone—but especially college students who need an off campus getaway.

5. WriteaDay

I might be impartial to this app because I'm a writer—but I truly believe as humans this app is important for anyone. As a college student, I found myself flying through life, and not really taking in my experiences because my days went by so fast.

This app is fantastic because it gives you writing prompts to help you remember your day.

The prompts look a little like this:

- Thankful for......

-I am proud of.....

-Feeling good about.......

-Grateful that....


The more you enter each day, the cooler your gradient looks. I love going back and reading before bed to recap the day to set goals for tomorrow.

6. No More!

Everyone has a battle. Whether it's watching too much TV, eating too much, or skipping class. Could be something serious like alcoholism, an eating disorder, or spending too much money. Whatever it may be, this app can assist you in your battles.

Not only will this app keep track of our daily progress, but it will give you motivational quotes, set milestone goals, let you write personal notes, and set reminders. This is a great way to celebrate the little victories—big or small.

No More also has a feature to visit websites or call a contact that you can save in the app. Because although this app is great, the creators realized that there is so much more that goes into breaking an addiction!

7. Curiosity

Curiosity might be the best way to pass time in the airport ever! This app if full of educational articles on so many different subjects. The subjects are organized alphabetically, so your topic will be super easy to find.

I've used these articles to learn more because I am well...curious. This is also a really helpful tool for essay and research writing as well. Very credible sources on crazy interesting topics. They are constantly updating their content as well, so plenty to read!

Well, I hope all of you college students at least take to one of these apps! I have found them to be super helpful.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.


I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.


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