The 27 Best Apps For College Students

27 Apps College Students Need To Keep Their Lives From Falling Apart More Than They Already Are

Or at least distract us from our crumbling self-esteem and grades.

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I always ask myself how people did college before smartphones existed. Honestly, the horrors of our college years now would probably be ten times worse without all of this technology. Still, of the thousands of apps out in the world, these 27 apps (sort of) keep us from crying ourselves to sleep at night. Get ready for your world to be shooketh.

Google Calendar

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If you haven't heard of Google Calendar, you probably live under a rock. The ability to sync with any mobile device and computer makes this planning and reminder app seamless to use on any device. Color coding is cool too.

Spotify

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Spotify– clutch for pre-created and shareable playlists every week, and you get Hulu and Showtime for $4.99 a month. It makes you say, "Why not?"

AdWeek (for Marketing, Advertising, & PR Students)

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If you're in the advertising and PR world, AdWeek is like the Wall Street Journal of the industry (and it's totally worth the subscription).

MyRadar

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One of the few weather apps that is accurate and doesn't bombard you with ads 24/7.

Genius

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You're riding in a car with your friends and a song comes on that they all start singing to but you don't know, what do you do? Fake it until you make it by using audio recognition with Genius to find the lyrics and pretend like you're slyly texting and singing along. True story.

Google Docs

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Class projects. Working from your phone. An unlimited cloud to back up your work so you can work on any device with internet access. Collaboration. Google Docs is a necessity.

LinkedIn

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All college students should create a LinkedIn and start connecting ASAP. It's like Facebook for professionalism, as well as the ultimate online resume platform. It's amazing for scoring connections at companies for internships too!

Netflix

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Odds are, you'll have down time after the test you failed and before the test you're going to fail. Instead of cramming, Netflix two hours of your time away with binge-worthy shows in the palm of your hand.

Mint

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Named after the U.S. Mint, it helps you keep track of your budget, bills, credit score, and just about anything financial you could imagine. Major for #adulting.

Qapital

Qapital is a goal-oriented savings app linked with your accounts so you can set specific "rules" for saving.

Hooked Deals

Hooked offers time-sensitive deals from local restaurants (sometimes bars). While the deals are hit and miss, sometimes you can get a good half off or BOGO deal, so it's great to get a friend to tag along with and save some money.

Week Plan

Week Plan

One of many planning apps on this list, Week Plan syncs with your Google or Outlook accounts. What makes it different? Week Plan is more day-to-day oriented for segmenting your time with goals.

YouTube

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If you don't know how to do it, YouTube. If you're bored and want to go down a rabbit hole, YouTube. If you have a favorite online personality or celebrity, YouTube. Oh, and if someone tells you to go to YouTube, you might want the app.

Unidays

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Unidays helps verify your student status to find official student discounts from retailers and restaurants.

Sweatcoin

Evident in the name, Sweatcoin turns your steps into virtual currency to be redeemed for a variety of things. You have to walk, so you might as well make money doing it.

MyFitnessPal

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Track your meals with MyFitnessPal so you can understand your calorie and macro/micronutrient breakdown. You can make plans, account for workouts, and sync with social media to track your progress with fitness and health.

TED

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"Thanks for coming to my TED talk" probably wouldn't have much meaning if you don't watch TED talks. If you want your faith restored in humanity and need to feel intelligent for a short period of time, make watching TED a habit.

iPhone Reminders

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There's a reason certain apps are built into the iPhone. No matter what, the reminders app is always dependable for getting reminded about tasks and events where other apps might fail to do so.

Todoist

A play on "to do list," Todoist is just that– an organized and categorized list-creating app to help organize your life. Although you must pay premium for reminders, the baseline app is a go-to for making quick and organized notes on the go.

Plant Nanny

An app that reminds you to drink water and has a little virtual plant that you help grow? This is 2018.

Chegg

If you're in any kind of math or science classes, Chegg is a must. There are completed homework assignments on there to guide you through learning problems, and the textbook selection is pretty solid.

Vivino

Let's say you're walking through Target and you see a cool bottle of wine, but you want to know how well it's rated. Vivino has a vast wine database to help you find the right wine at the right price (and make you a low-key wine connoisseur).

Google Sheets/Slides

The whole Google library is essential for the on-the-go college student. Organizations and clubs will always require roster sheets, sign-ups, and presentations. Having to open up a browser and try to remember your password to work on these is a problem, which is solved by having these apps handy.

Venmo

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Splitting a pizza? Paying the light bill? Buying a concert ticket? Venmo is good for sending money for anything. Link it to your bank account and you get free transfers, or have it immediately transferred to a card for a flat fee. There's even a Venmo card now, just to make things easier. It's like Facebook... you don't have to use it, but you should have it.

Tip Yourself

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It's self explanatory– any time you feel accomplished or you did something worthy, use Tip Yourself to transfer a small amount of money from your checking to savings. This is where your good karma literally adds up!

Domino's

Sign up for the rewards program. Watch your pizza progress. Some colleges even have their campus cash programs approved for use by Domino's. Again, you didn't know you needed it until you get it.

Amazon

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Honestly, Amazon is the best and worst app available. It's the best if you have self-control and you're savvy. It's the worst if you're impulsive and bored. Choose wisely.

Good luck to everyone struggling out here with me. Hopefully, things just got a little bit easier for you.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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3 Reasons Why Autodesk's SketchBook App Is Great For Drawing

Now having this new updated version and ideal drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook is like a dream come true for artists.

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Recently, Autodesk updated its SketchBook app. After the update, for me, it has become one of the greatest drawings apps to have for artists. Here are three reasons why Autodesk SketchBook should be the best app for drawing:

1. It's compatible on laptop, tablet, and phone

Not all drawing apps are compatible in every electronic device, but Autodesk SketchBook is! I am having lots of fun using this app through my laptop. I used to have this app on my phone but it's too small to see and use, but now I can't wait to see what I can draw with this app through my laptop! You can easily find it on play store or Microsoft store.

2. It's easy to use

Once you have this app in your device, it is so easy to use once you get familiar with its settings and tools. Also, you can position or rotate your canvas whatever you feel it's more comfortable when drawing. Best things with using this app through my laptop are that I can zoom in and out of my canvas and the screen is like a touch screen so it makes it easier for me to draw.

3. More drawing tools

There are more drawing tools to use after the app has updated. There are more drawing pens and pencils to use. Moreover, there are tools that already have colors laid out for you to choose. There are a color editor and a pen editor if you need adjust them for drawing. There are still erasers available and a save button to save your work of art. Most importantly, there is easier access in getting more layers! You can also change what kind of layer you want according to your drawing like lighten, darken, multiply, and etc. I remember being frustrated with only able to have three layers before the app have updated.

Now having this new updated version and ideal drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook is like a dream come true for artists.

If you like drawing, go get this drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook!

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