College is a difficult and trying time for even the best and most organized students. In the era before smart-phones and iPads students actually had to take responsibility for keeping things under control. Luckily, we now have technology to both simplify and complicate our lives every day. If you are getting ready to start college and feel like there are a few things that you need to get started, beginning with a few key apps can make life a lot easier:
Free Wi-Fi Finder – Every student needs internet, often while they are on the go. Being able to find Wi-Fi, no matter where you are, can make the difference between passing a class and failing. If you are on a deadline and need internet fast, just click on this app and it will show you all the Wi-Fi hotspots in the area.
Top Restaurant Finder - It can be a challenge to find food that is really worth eating, especially when you first move to a city. Of course, you could wander the streets aimlessly until you find yourself a taco-bell. Or, you could flip on your Top Restaurant Finder and find yourself with a handy list of the restaurants in the area and reviews about what they are really like.
Take Me Home, I’m Lost! – If you don’t have a GPS, you are bound to get lost on and off while you are in school. Don’t let it destroy an evening because you can’t find your way back in time for that hot date. This app stores your home address and, like a GPS, will calibrate your location while you drive. Simply click it and it will take you home. You can even keep using your other apps while it works.
Job Search – Whether you are about to graduate or just looking for a part time gig to help pay expenses, this app can make your life a thousand times easier. No one wants to have to spend hours of their free time searching the web for viable jobs, when it can be achieved while you are waiting for the bus, or for your professor to start speaking. This handy app can be used anywhere to search through thousands of top jobs listings, helping you to find the perfect one.
inClass – Since your iPhone now has the ability to take pictures, send emails, and record, this handy app brings it all together. You can take audio recordings, write notes, or take pictures of slides or white-board scribblings. You can even share the info with your friends who are skipping out through Facebook and iTunes.
iProcrastinate – Managing a full schedule with work and activities can be baffling and difficult even for the most organized of students. This handy little app can take all the stress out of it. More than a simple calendar, this app includes tools to break down tasks into smaller steps and prioritize, so that you never miss finishing that paper on time.
Guest author Sarah McRae is a student life blogger and expert on top careers at My Colleges and Careers.