Top 20 Mobile Apps College Students Need

Top 20 Mobile Apps College Students Need

If you are a college student, then you know the everyday struggles one goes through. Trying to balance school, work, and a social life seems like a nearly impossible task, but there are millions of apps out there that’ll aid you in keeping everything together. We compiled a list of 20 mobile apps that we found to best suit college students needs, ranging from study aids all the way to health, fitness, and more!


1. Venmo

Venmo is a secure digital wallet app that allows you to transfer money over to another Venmo user. All you have to do is link the app to your bank account and you’re good to go! It’s very convenient for college students who owe friends money.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


2. Dashlane

Dashlane is a secure password storing app. You can sync your data safely between an unlimited number of devices. It’s a must-have app for those who forget all their passwords and have many accounts.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


3.  Scholly

Scholly is a scholarship finding app. All you have to do is enter 8 parameters, and Scholly will narrow down and give you a personalized list of scholarships you are eligible for. It will even track your application progress and manage deadlines.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


4. iResumes

iResumes is the perfect resume building app. Create professional resumes using a step-by-step wizard. You’ll even by guided through the thank you letter and cover letter process. You can create multiple resumes and send them as an email or download them into a PDF.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


5.  Alarmy

Alarmy is an alarm clock that makes it impossible for you to go back to sleep. You can adjust your settings to where you’ll either have to shake your phone for a certain amount of time, solve a math problem, or even get out of your bed to go take a picture of a specific spot in your house. Say goodbye to the snooze button!

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


6. EverNote

Evernote is a note-taking app full of different features. You can bookmark pages, make to-do lists, sketch and take pictures, share notes with friends, and a lot more. This is a perfect alternative to using a pen and notebook.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


7. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business and employment aimed service used for professional networking. On LinkedIn, you can find jobs and become connected to the right people, which will aid in your credibility as a confident worker. This app is good for college students looking for an internship or a career.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


8. iStudiez

iStudiez provides college students with the best time management app. With this app, you can create daily or weekly tasks, have your class schedule on hand, know your grades, and more! You can either download iStudiez Lite which is free, or you can download iStudiez Pro with no limitations.

Cost: $2.99 on iOS and Android


9.  Duolingo

Duolingo is an app that aids your learning of a foreign language. You can test yourself, play games to aid your learning, and more. The best part is that the app is free!

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


10. Quizlet

Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study app. You can create your own quizzes, flashcards, and more. It’s the perfect study tool for upcoming exams.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


11. EasyBib

Instead of writing out your citations, the EasyBib app generates your sources into APA, Chicago, and MLA style for you! You’ll save more time and have to conduct less research.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


12. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is both a knowledge computational engine and an answer engine. It differs from other search engines due to its ability to answer questions, perform computations, generate analysis, and prepare reports. It’s the best research engine for everything!

Cost: $2.99 on iOS and Android


13. Dropbox

Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers iCloud storage, client software, and file synchronization. It keeps all files up to date on each platform a user has. It’s a great app for college students who need backup folders for all the papers they write.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


14.  RealCalc Scientific Calculator

Have you ever left your calculator at home? No problem. Just download the free app RealCalc Scientific Calculator and you’re all set!

Cost: Free on Android


15. TED

TED is an app full of inspirational talks from people of all professions. You’ll see TED talks from educators, musicians, Nobel Prize winners, and more! The app is a great way for college students to become informed on current ideas going on around the world.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


16. Pandora

Pandora is a music app that allows you to create your own stations, your own playlists, and stream radio stations. You can choose from thousands of artists, genres, songs, and more.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


17. Groupme

Groupme is a very useful group messaging app. Once the app is downloaded, it will sync all your contacts. This allows you have a group of up to as many people as you want. You can also search people by name and add them to a group if you don’t already have their number.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android


18. Wholesome-Healthy Eating

Wholesome is a personalized nutrition tracking app. Not only does it track calories, but it also helps you make sure you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients along with tips on particular food items you choose.

Cost: Free on iOS. Wholesome is currently in development for Android


19. Sworkit

Sworkit is a personalized workout app that gives you a variety of options. You can practice with bodyweight workouts, cardio, yoga, and more. The app keeps track of all your progress and will give you a variety of workout options! College students who can’t afford to pay for a gym membership will love this at-home workout guide.  

Cost: Free on iOS and Android (Premium upgrades available as well).


20. RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot is an app chock-full of coupon websites. You can find in-store and online store coupons that range from anything including accessories, food, health, toys, travel, etc. If you are a college student on a budget, try using this app the next time you hit the grocery store.

Cost: Free on iOS and Android



Time Flies – How to Slow Down & Enjoy It

Is it just me or is time moving way too fast?! Yet another semester over and another begins. Gretchen Rubin famously wrote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Every day has a monotonous undertone and this is due to the fact that I know my schedule like the back of my hand. I am unconsciously going about the week as it is a good schedule, but a familiar one. Maybe you can relate, but I am here to tell you there are ways to perceive time more slowly. We do not have to be time’s hostage in this life. We are human and we will use our humanity as a tool to deliberately manipulate time. Here are some easy tricks to assist you in your life if you feel time slipping by too briskly.

Appreciate the little things

It is no secret that as we grow older, we take things for granted. Our computers, phones, cars, home, and even friends and family. You cannot blame us either as it is due to hedonic adaptation: the phenomenon where humans have a tendency to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. When you receive a new phone, it feels like the most ingenious device ever invented by man. Then after a month or two goes by, you are back to your “it’s just a phone” mindset. Could you imagine your life without a phone? This piece of metal and glass that connects you with most anyone and has all of the information published thus far in history, but you still throw it around to fidget with.

The point is, to welcome novelty into your life. Remember when you were a child and everything was mind blowing to you? Induce a little childlike wonder into your day-to-day. Darwin said, “Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.” Take just about anything into your hands and really focus on it. Think about how much work has gone into making this thing, what it can do for you, and if it did not exist. You will quickly learn to be thankful for this object and see it differently every time you see it again. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way.

Plan for things

Do you remember the month of December as a child? Did it not feel like an eternity until winter holidays? Anxiously awaiting your gifts as you see presents begin to slowly appear under a tree in your living room. We can use the same principle as a tool in our lives. Plan for a trip or some event way in the future. Make it something you really want to do to be enthusiastic for it. Have a countdown timer that you can always refer to to shorten your patience. It is similar to if I asked you to close your eyes and not say anything. Then, tell me when you believe three minutes have passed. Minutes would drag on as when you focus on time, it slows down.

Don’t plan for other things

Planning a fun trip is a great way to slow time and have an adventure by the end of it, but how can I slow time down even more every day? Being spontaneous is an enjoyable tactic that you can perform with the free time you possess. Instead of binge watching Netflix shows, go for a walk or a bike ride in your area. If one sat down and watched shows all day versus taking a leisurely stroll through town, who would you say had a longer and more enriching time? It is important to shake up the routine often to be a more well-rounded person. When you feel yourself apart of your own familiar agenda with free time, this should be a cue to do something different. Go visit a new coffee shop and read a book or take a drive and bring along a coin to decide which way you turn. An added plus is when you are more spontaneous, you are going to be a better time to be around. We all like the person that flips the script when you are with them.

Learn a new hobby

Last time I ask you to think back to your childhood. Remember learning an instrument or practicing a sport? How long did it take you to learn cursive? Learning is a process and while it should be fun, it is also taxing on your mind. We can use this for our benefit to elongate the fourth dimension. Pick up a new skill be it drawing, gardening, cooking, photography, coding, or dancing. As a personal preference, it is good to pick a hobby that has a tangible result so the progress you make is clearly shown. This will make your motivation to stick with it more difficult to diminish. There is also no need to be hard on yourself with learning a new hobby. Remember that you are doing this to make your life more interesting and vivid.

There is an overarching theme throughout these tricks and that is to be mindful of yourself and anything not yourself. Taking in the world with a fresh pair of eyes can be the difference between a life of banality or a life of excitement. Living life to the fullest while we can, is the only fulfilling option we hold. Be grateful for our friends and family for being people we can trust and knowing that they trust us. To beat eternity is to stretch every moment into an eternity.

Don’t Regret Missed Opportunities


“Don’t regret missed opportunities!”

The number of times I’ve heard some version of this phrase throughout my four years as an undergraduate is immeasurable. For a while, this phrase seemed about as cliche as any. I understood what it meant, but I didn’t quite understand the gravity of the saying until this past semester.

Four years seems like a long time, but as a college student, rarely is this free time. When you’re not in class, you’re studying for class. When you’re not busting your butt for school, you’re likely partitioning any remaining time for either sleep, social life, or extracurriculars. The opportunities to take a step back and reflect on what’s happening in the moment are sparse. College flies by and it’s often hard to see it passing by.

Nearing graduation, I felt upset with myself for not doing as much as I could. I felt I missed out on a lot of events! I never saw a Pittsburgh basketball game. There were interesting classes I wanted to take and groups I wanted to participate in. In the weeks leading up to my graduation, these small “regrets” ate at me. I’d never have the opportunity to do most of these things again. The pressing question I continually asked myself was “am I going to regret this when I’m older?”

After sorting through these nagging thoughts, I finally came up with a few answers. First, there’s no way I’ll be able to definitively answer this question for another 10 years. Second, as I was worrying about things I didn’t do, I forgot about all of the things I did do, and I did so much! I met so many friends who I’ll work to stay in touch with forever, I turned the city of Pittsburgh into a place I can call home, and I learned how to become the person I am today.

All of the things I did molded me. Does it matter if I didn’t make it to a Pitt basketball game? Maybe to some of my family members who love basketball and “don’t know why I went to a D1 school if I won’t even go to a game!” But to me, maybe not.

Now, as a graduate, I look back on my entire four years and think, Wow, it goes by so fast. Reflecting on what I did helps me not worry so much about missed opportunities. Yes, I probably could have taken better advantage of what Pitt had to offer, but kicking myself isn’t going to bring them back.

For all college students who feel similarly, I recommend you take some time and reminisce on all of the amazing, heartbreaking, stressful, inspiring, and enlightening moments you had the opportunity to experience. These years are going to fly by and they’re almost certainly going to shape you.

Don’t regret the missed opportunities. Rather, cherish the ones you had.

How to Stay Sane During Finals

Finals week is coming faster than we could say “OMG, I need to get on top of things.” Even the most seasoned finals veteran struggles with managing time and energy while trying to get things done as effectively as possible. Unfortunately, finals are difficult and very stressful. There really isn’t an easy way out. However, there are some great tactics for relieving stress and staying sane during finals week. After almost 8 finals weeks, here’s what I’ve learned:

stay sane during finals

Be Healthy

It’s so easy to neglect our health while we’re cramming for exams and putting together assignments. Unfortunately, if our health is bad, it’s likely our performance is also going to be bad. Make sure to eat healthy meals with foods high in vitamins and minerals and low in processed ingredients. Not only will it keep your body running smoothly, but it’ll also help you feel more awake and focused. Some foods thought to boost energy include beans, citrus, and leafy greens. Additionally, make sure to fit in some cardio a few days each week. Exercise helps to increase endorphins, making you feel more positive and focused. On top of everything, hydration is key. Drinking adequate amounts of water not only helps the body function, but it also helps to regulate attention and energy.

stay sane during finals

Have Fun

College students often have the tendency to feel if they are doing something enjoyable, then they’re doing something wrong. This mindset is not only detrimental to mental health, but it can also negatively affect your work. Overworking yourself causes fatigue and lack of concentration, which can actually lead to lower grades. Therefore, one of the most important ways to stay sane during finals is to have fun. This doesn’t mean a wild night out with the pals, but taking an hour to get dinner with friends or to see a show can make a huge difference!

stay sane during finals

Change up the Space

Another great way to stay sane during finals is to make sure that you’re not in the same space for too long. Even if you have the best seat at the library, staying in the same spot for too long can make things even more boring than they already are. By changing up your environment ever so often, you’re also shifting the way your mind absorbs information because of changes in light, posture, etc.

stay sane during finals


Mindful meditation is an excellent way to help deal with stress, increase attention, and boost cognition. If you’re beginning to feel stressed out, take some time alone to sit, or even walk, and relax your mind. Concentrate on your situation and sort out everything you need to do. Identify why you need to do it, and then how you’re going to do it. Remind yourself although finals are challenging, you’re capable of performing at your best and that studying will ultimately be rewarding. Finals aren’t fun, but attending college is a privilege.

stay sane during finals

Stay Organized

If you’re anything like me, you find it extremely difficult to stay organized. During stressful times, my lack of organization causes me even more stress in addition to what I’m already enduring. Before finals begin, it’s a great idea to get your life together. If you’re inclined to use your computer, start a spreadsheet with all of the assignments you need to finish and all of the exams you need to study for. Make columns for dates,  study intensity, and goals. If you prefer being able to physically write things down, use a planner. Winging finals is always a bad idea.

Finals are going to be stressful. However, it’s always important to put your mental and physical health first. Keep a good head on your shoulders. Take care of yourself. Make efforts to stay organized and confident, then the rest will come along smoothly. Good luck getting ready for finals, everyone!

How to Survive Your First Career Fair

Most of us are attending school in order to better ourselves in the face of the daunting “real world.” We put in hard hours at the library, bust our butts beefing up our resumes, and try our best to broaden our skill sets in the hopes of one day landing our dream job. Of course, as you progress in your days at school you’ll inevitably run into a particularly daunting event: the career fair. Here, both you and hundreds of other students try to impress businesses in the hopes of getting a job. If you’ve never been to a career fair, here are some useful tips:

career fair

1. Dress to Impress

At a career fair, you have the chance to meet employers and recruiters face to face. Therefore, it’s important to dress the part. Most women tend to wear dress pants or a skirt, a blouse, and nice shoes. Men often wear a suit or a dress shirt and tie. However, this doesn’t mean you have to be boring- wear what you feel good in. Additionally, make sure to properly groom yourself. You want to stand out, but I can guarantee that bad breath and dirty hair is not the way to do it.

career fair

2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch

Again, career fairs are your chance to personally meet with potential employers. This being said, you should have an idea of what to say about yourself. Before you go, look over your resume, accomplishments, and aspirations to come up with a quick few lines to tell recruiters. Introductions are much easier with prepared lines and employers will appreciate a candidate who is both prepared and knows what they’re good at.

career fair

3. Ready Your Resume

When attending a career fair, be sure to print out plenty of resumes. Although some might recommend printing your resume on premium paper, doing so can be expensive and difficult. Further, employers might not pay attention to the type of paper that you use because most resumes are submitted online. Regardless, review your resume to ensure it is grammatically correct and well formatted. Contact your school’s career advisor or check out some tips online!

career fair

4. Do Your Research

Many career fairs host hundreds of companies, making you likely to find at least one that suits you. However, it’s difficult to understand a company from looking at the sign on their table. Avoid this confusion by doing your research. Look up the listed companies attending the career fair and find out what they’re looking for. Employers notice when you’re educated about their company.

5. Confidence is Key

The final tip that I can give you is to be confident!  Following the above steps will prepare you for surviving a career fair. You’ll show employers you’re the most unique, qualified person in the room. Acting confident more strongly conveys this message and helps leave memorable impression. Together, someone will likely think of you when it’s time to hire a new employee.

Career fairs don’t have to be stressful. Come prepared, do your research, dress the part, and be confident. Everything is going to be okay!