The transition from high school to college is unlike anything else. The new independence is both exciting and scary. You can essentially stay out as late as you want, study on your own time and choose your own path for the next four years. However, being on your own also requires some maturity in terms of succeeding academically, financially and keeping up with your health. How many times have you heard about the high school valedictorian who failed out of college after one year?
The plus side of attending college in 2013 is that you have resources your parents and grandparents couldn’t have even imagined having back in the day. While I could write a whole blog post on the different resources available, I’ll let web applications take center stage.
So, which apps can help you succeed while attending college?
Most students notice their first week on campus that textbooks quickly turn a fat wallet into a skeleton, with the average student spending about $1,100 each year on books alone. Amazon Student allows you to scan a book’s barcode before the app shows you where to buy the same book at the cheapest rate. What’s great about Amazon Student is that you can sell your books back at the end of the semester for Amazon giftcards — a much better deal than receiving five dollars at the end of the semester.
If This Then That (IFTTT)
IFTTT is perfect for those of us who are a little more frazzled with a busy week. The app lets you set a series of commands for particular events that occur in the future, making it like your own personal assistant. Some examples of IFTTT commands include:
- “If it’s going to rain tomorrow, send me a text message.”
- “Turn on the lights when I wake up.”
- “When my Facebook profile picture is changed, update my Twitter profile picture.”
The possibilities are endless with IFTTT, and you will be amazed at the new organization your chaotic life.
Drinking is everywhere in college, and chances are you will (or already have) partake in the activity. Have fun, but stay safe using DrinkTracker, the BAC calculator you can use from your very own iPhone. Once you enter in trivial questions like height, weight, age and gender, you can use the app while out at the bars to record what you’ve been drinking. It updates itself every 60 seconds, keeping it in real time mode. DrinkTracker is one of the easiest ways to know you are legally impaired and unable to drive, regardless of how you feel, and you can save lives by using it when you’re out on the town.
Think of Evernote as your own little hub of everything you want at your fingertips. Save a recipe you want to try. Save an article you’ve been meaning to read. Keep notes during class or record your professor. Evernote allows you to store it all in one area, which is pretty helpful when college is so chaotic.
Lindsay Bradshaw is a blogger for Kyle Law Firm in New Braunfels, Texas. She used her iPhone apps in college for study tools, planners and even finding her car in the huge parking lots!