College is a time where students learn tools that will help them not only during their career, but their life as well. It’s a time and place where young people learn about themselves and discover their passion, and make memories that they’ll be able to look back on in the years to come.
But if you look beyond that sentimental crap, you’ll discover that college really just sucks and the only thing that keeps students from dropping out altogether is all of the parties and opportunities to have sex and have a great time. College students don’t care as much about the whole education thing as they do for the drinking and fun.
This is why I’ve created a list of eight great apps for college students to maximize the fun all the while maintaining their GPA. Check it out below and start to make the steps to become the biggest boss on campus in no time.
1: Snapchat – We’ve all got it, but it’s key to surviving college. If you want to keep hold of your sanity during the next four years, you’ll need Snapchat.
It’s a great tool to communicate with friends, and if you’re at a party and want friends to come over, send them a video of the party to show them what they’re missing. It’s also a great way to share drunk selfies without having the face the backlash of seeing them posted on Insta by that “friend” who you thought you could trust with your sleaziest of snaps.
2: EasyBib – Have a paper to write about and had to use some stupid book as a source? Yeah, me too.
Let’s face it; no one knows how to cite anything. I can’t do it even with the help of the internet.
Well, luckily for us there’s an app for that. EasyBib used to be just a website, but they’ve developed a free app as well, and it helps you create sitations in any format; all you need to do is scan the book’s barcode or enter the title, and poof, it’s all done.
Your source is all cited, now you just need to add like five more….
Yik Yak will have those answers, and much more. To the uninitiated, Yik Yak is like an anonymous Twitter.
It’s used by college students and it’s a great place to spend some time in between classes, and the community of users are generally pretty nice and helpful to each other. I’ve seen many posts with students being depressed or needing help from a therapist or counselor, and users have jumped onto those posts showing their support and showing that person that they have a lot to be happy about.
You know the internet, right? It’s pretty shitty.
You’d think that Yik Yak would be no different (it did have a rough start, actually) but the people who use it seem to pretty nice, intelligent, understanding, and, importantly, pretty funny. If you have an hour till your next class, check out the Yak and see what students near you are talking about.
4: SelfControl – The name of this app is the characteristic that most of us college kids don’t have.
Get me near a taco truck and I’ll go HAM on a burrito, even if I just ate. I need help.
If you’ve got a 8-page essay due in three hours, SelfControl is what you need in order to keep yourself focused and on task. It’s an app for your computer or laptop that prevents you from using any sites you’ve listed in the app.
You can’t go to any of the sites you’ve listed until the timer you set runs out; no, restarting your laptop won’t fix it, and deleting the app won’t reset the timer either. This app is so dedicated to helping you stay on task that it does its damn job even after you’ve deleted it from your laptop.
This app really wants you to write that paper; it doesn’t matter if you don’t – you’re going to.
5: Mathway – I suck at math. I don’t want to be good at math.
Fortunately, there’s an app that does all the math I need to do for me. Mathway is a free app that allows you to enter in an equation and it gives you the solution!
If you want to see how they got there, you need to upgrade the app to the paid version, but the free one should do you just fine.
You don’t need to do the math to know that this app is worth a try. Sorry about that pun.
6: Wolfram Alpha – If this name seems familiar, it is, because Wolfram Alpha provides the answers to some of the questions you ask Siri.
This app will help you do some digging when you’re writing a research paper or when you want to know how tall Rasheed Wallace is (6’10”).
If you’re in a rush and need some stats to beef up your paper, use the $3 you have left for this month and buy the app. You’ll starve, but you’ll be smarter.
7: Google Drive – You know what, screw Microsoft Word. I’m not trynna pay for that crap.
If you don’t have a Google account, create one right now and get access to all of the free stuff that Google has ready for you. Google Docs, Slides, Gmail, and more, all for you and for the great price of free.
Have a group project? More like five.
Great, have your team share a doc or slides and you can all work together on a project at the same time without having to put some pants on!
8: Mint – As a college student, you’re going to be looking for coins in between couch cushions for a while. If you have a job, it doesn’t pay anything worth writing home about, and you’ll need to live sparingly (good luck wit dat).
This free app will help you create a budget and stay within that budget, sending you notifications of your account balances and you can track your progress to see how frugal you’ve been.
Knowing how to keep a budget will help you throughout your life, so give this app a shot and try to save some money. Yes, I know how dope that shirt looks, you’re not buying it.
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