5 Apps Every College Student Needs
As a new college student, you’re faced with many questions you probably didn’t have to deal with before you left home.
- where should I eat?
- Are these pop-tarts healthy enough to eat every day?
- Why can’t I ever wake up in time for class?
- And the most common of all, where did all my money go?
There are hundreds of thousands of apps that can do anything and everything imaginable, and many of them have been created to answer questions just like these. The problem is that sometimes it can be hard to sift through the mess and find the good ones. After months of trial and error, I’ve compiled a list of truly useful apps that can help you become more independent and productive.
- Alfred (FREE)
For those days when you’re starving but can’t figure out where to go eat. When you first download it, Alfred asks you a few questions about the kinds of places you normally like to visit and uses that information to suggest similar restaurants. After a while, he learns what you like best and doesn’t need to ask questions at all!
- Fooducate (FREE)
Basically, an incredibly advanced nutrition facts chart. You can scan any food product and Fooducate will search its database to find not just the regular nutrition facts, but extra info. It warns you when something isn’t as healthy as the packaging claims and it explains key ingredients. The best part is that if the item you scan isn’t healthy or is loaded with bad ingredients, Fooducate will suggest a similar but healthier alternative.
- Wunderlist (FREE)
Exactly what it sounds like, an app to help you create to-do lists. The main reason I love Wunderlist, apart from the fact that it’s free, is that it alerts you when a dated item on your list is overdue. No longer will you have to search through your room to find that tiny scrap of paper where you wrote the assignments that are due next week, you can just reach for your phone and check them off one by one.
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (.99)
The most incredible alarm clock I’ve ever seen in my life. Sleep Cycle works with the various phases your body goes through when you sleep. All you have to do is set a time that you must be awoken by and place it on your mattress next to you. By recording your movements, Sleep Cycle can sense when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep and wake you up so that you feel less groggy and tired.
In addition to this, the app provides you with a chart of your movements during the night so you can see if you woke up during the night and how long your deepest sleep lasted. For $ .99 it’s not just useful, but downright amazing.
- Banking Apps (FREE)
There has never been a time that I go to the bank and there isn’t an enormous line and only 2 tellers; I despise going to the bank, and I know I’m not alone in this. Thankfully, every major bank now has an app to help you spend less time waiting in those ridiculous lines. With these apps you can check your balance and monitor your purchases as well as pay bills and deposit checks.
Although games and picture editors are a whole lot of fun, you should always leave some room for the apps that actually help you out.