Nearly all of us have heard the horror stories from our grandparents of how things used to be back in the day, and how people somehow managed to live life without Google, email, GPS, personal computers, or smartphones. It’s a complete mystery to millennials how they survived the rigor of college life without modern-day technology and managed to retain their sanity, but, fortunately, we’ll never have to find out. Here are some helpful mobile applications designed for making college a little less stressful.
Group projects— you either love them or hate them. Success in group projects boils down to teamwork, organization, and communication;GroupMe can aid in the latter. GroupMe, available for iPhones and Androids, gives you the option of setting up group chats, sending direct messages, muting new message notifications, and setting up calendar events and due dates accessible to all members of a group.
With Google Wallet, there is, now, absolutely no excusefor your friends to conveniently forget to pay you back for that last time you paid for their meal or admission fee. Google Wallet, which is available for Androids and iPhones, allows users to transfer money from a bank account or debitcard for free, instantaneously. The only drawback is the 2.9 percent fee if you’d like to use a credit card instead. Other than that, this app is essential for making sure you get your money back and sustaining friendships.
Learning a foreign language is a university requirement, and passing grades are a graduation requirement. Duolingo, an educational app compatible with both Androids and iPhones, makes achieving both a possibility via a game format complete with experience points and levels. It currently offers 13 language courses for English speakers. It’s great for college students because the format makes it fun to learn, you can practice while waiting in line, between classes, or even while stuck in traffic.
Organizational skills — some people are born with them; some people use task-management apps. There is no shortage of to-do list apps, but Any.Do stands out due to its convenient, multi-touch gestures, minimalist design, multiple subtask feature and multimedia support. The app, which is available for both Androids and iPhones, is so simple to use it actually makes typing out things you have to do, but don’t want to do, an oddly pleasant experience. It is a must-have for anyone prone to forgetting assignments and due dates.
Eat24 or GrubHub
We all have those lazy days spent at home in pajamas — days when you’re too sick to function or too swamped with schoolwork to bother with life essentials. There’s no shame in it; in fact, there’s even an app for it. Eat24 for Android, and GrubHub for iPhones both share a noble cause: make sure you don’t starve.
With thousands of restaurants to choose from, you can check which are open for delivery or takeout near you at all hours of the day and night, and order deliveries with a few clicks.
Both apps have the option of saving your payment information and past order preferences. GrubHub also allows you to track your order in real time.
AppDetox or SelfControl
This is basically the mobile app version of your mom while you were in high school as she reprimanded you for wasting time on Myspace instead of doing your homework. Now, you can do the same, but without someone hovering over your shoulder.
Cue AppDetox, an Android app that helps you beat the archnemesis of all college students everywhere: procrastination. It boosts your productivity by restricting your usage of individual apps. You can block yourself from using them for a certain period of time, or limit the number of launches for selected apps. The equivalent of this app for iPhones is SelfControl, which works in a similar way.
Gabby Baquero is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.