15 Must-Download Apps For College Students

15 Apps For College Students That Will Absolutely Save Your Life, And Links To Download Them

Head over to the App Store ASAP!


College makes every aspect of life seem way harder than it is. It is stressful, but there are tools right at your fingertips that will help you out. Your lifeline and biggest lifesaver is your phone, so let it be that for college, too!

1. Photomath

This app takes pictures of your math problems, solves it for you and then explains how they did it. It won't do your word problems, but as long as you can meet it halfway there, you will get your answers.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

2. Coursicle

If a class you desperately need or a class with a professor you really want is full, download Coursicle and it will tell you as soon as a spot opens so you can dive into it. If you want to keep an eye on more than one class, you will have to pay, but it isn't much and it is so worth it!

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Quizlet

Quizlet has flashcards, study guides and even sometimes answers for every subject imaginable! There's no way any college student has gotten through without it.

it is available on the App Store and Google Play.

4. My Study Life - School Planner

My Study Life will help you keep your stuff organized and in tiptop shape because college is chaotic and you're a mess. If you put your schedule into the app and tell it when you have assignments, it will remind you and keep everything color coded.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

5. Chegg Study

Chegg usually has the cheapest textbooks and eBooks, and with the app, you can take those eBooks anywhere. It also comes with a study assistant. For some features, you may have to pay for a subscription but it's well worth it.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.


UNiDAYS is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. It has all kinds of discounts for college students. Just put in your school email and it gives you gift cards, discount codes and coupons to use for so many things! They have deals for everything from food, to cosmetics, to technology.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

7. Venmo

Everyone in college is trying to split checks a million ways, divide the pizza money and get their money back, but no one ever seems to have cash. But what everyone does have is Venmo, which is the easiest way to send and request money. It is in the same family as Cash App, PayPal and Zelle, but it seems to be the most popular amongst college students.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

8. Amazon

This is obvious, but it has every right to be on this list because it's been saving the lives of college students for quite some time now. With the discount students get for Prime and how quick and convenient the app is, running out of things while at school isn't a problem!

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

9. Sweatcoin

This app pays you with its digit currency, Sweatcoin, just for walking outdoors. If your college campus is big enough and you do enough walking, you could really rack up. It doesn't transfer to cash, but you can buy things from their "store" within the app, which is better than walking for nothing but class.

It is available on the App Store or Google Play.

10. Starbucks

If you're in college you need caffeine, therefore, you'll need Starbucks. Why not earn stars toward free drinks since you'll be drinking it regardless?

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

11. Groupon

Groupon is good for so many reasons. If no one knows what to do, you can use the app for inspiration for something to do. It has deals and coupons for so many things you may not have thought about.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

12. Pinterest

Pinterest brings out the creativity in everyone. It can bring inspiration for dorms, apartments, or just getting your life straightened out and organized.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

13. GroupMe

GroupMe is the quintessential college app. Before you start classes, you'll probably be involuntarily thrown into about four of these groups, but by the end of the semester, it will be the only way you communicate with people in your classes and so many others. It is the easiest way to find people, throw them in a group chat together and then become friends. But, you can also have private conversations as well.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

14. Rate My Professors

This gives students the most accurate descriptions of professors because they are given by your peers. With the app, you can be linked to your school, major and classes you want to take. It then suggests the best professors and allows you to compare multiple professors at once. It even tells you if attendance is mandatory, if the textbook is used, the difficulty of the class and pretty much anything else one could care to know.

It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

15. Tasty

Tasty is the best for recipes because most of the foods on it are things college students will want to eat and actually have the ability to pull off. The resources for students are minimal, so the easier the better. Also, you can request meatless options!

It is only available on the App Store.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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