Only about 45% of high school students feel prepared for life after high school. Entering the real world after high school is akin to jumping in a freezing cold pool. All of the sudden, being a college student means managing a lot of life’s stuff on your own and being responsible for things you didn’t ever think about before, aside from managing a heavy course load and deciding where you want to be in the future and how to get there, of course. Luckily, there are a ton of apps that can help college students manage their academic priorities and lives outside of class. We’ve curated a list of 7 apps that can help college students find their footing and streamline their academic and social lives.
Trello is a free, flexible and visual way to organize anything with anyone. Trello syncs across all devices so that you can update your lists from any platform and stay on track. Trello is great to monitor your own progress on papers and assignments, as well as group projects that require individual work. You can create your own board to take your ideas and turn them into to-do lists with images or notes.
Venmo allows you to make and share payments easily, and for free. Use your app to pay your friends back for concert tickets or your share of the bar tab, and they can ‘cash out’ the money within a business day. Venmo payments get treated like credit card payments, so you don’t have to carry your wallet around if you are particularly prone to losing important stuff on nights out on the town.
LaundryView is an Internet application that allows you to monitor the status of on-campus laundry rooms. LaundryView provides real-time information about when washers and dryers become available and when your load is done. The freedom to put your laundry in the machine and forget about it is super liberating, no one likes to have to stay tethered to the laundry room to wait for your load to be finished. If your campus doesn’t have LaundryView, make sure you petition them to get it!
Chegg gives you the chance to save up to 90% on textbooks that you can rent or buy. You can search for the textbook by scanning the barcode at the bookstore or inputting the book’s information. While you are waiting for Chegg to delivery your textbooks, you get free 7 day access to the same eTextbook so you don’t have any time without the information in the book. Renting a textbook is a great option for classes that aren’t in your major, or for textbooks that you know you’ll never look at after the class is over.
TED has videos of talks about anything and everything from awesome speakers. You can find inspiration and new knowledge on any topic that you can imagine. Even if you watch TED videos to procrastinate, it’s really not that bad, because the videos are just that good.
Rounds is your best option for keeping in touch with friends and family from home. Free texting and HD video chats with up to 12 people merges entertainment and communication – while you’re video chatting you can stream YouTube videos, play games, scribble and much more. Rounds is the next best thing to being in the same room with your friends. This lightweight app works across networks and supports over 7,000 devices.
Dropbox works across all devices to give you the files you need to work on anywhere and to share with anyone. You no longer have to email drafts of your papers to yourself so you can pick up where you left off on the library computer, or keep sending group emails about your project. Everyone can send and share their documents together, streamlining your work flow and simplifying the process of creating a final document.