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In junior and senior year of high school I participated in an early college program that gave me both college and high school credit, but also a ton more work.
Quickly, I had to learn time management and stress management. Easier said than done.
For a lot of people, this doesn’t happen until the get to college and it can be a kind of culture shock.
You have to learn to study, manage your time, manage your money, and overall, take care of yourself more than ever.
But technology, when used correctly, can do wonders for improving your life.
Here are my top 5 services that can make school so much more enjoyable:
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My fave. I don’t know what I would do without Spotify now. I used to be so skeptical of Spotify and didn’t download it for the longest time. Regrets.
The Premium version is one of my best subscriptions I’ve made. It’s usually $10/month, but with a college email, you can get it for $5/month. For the amount I use it, that’s a great deal.
Music is great for everything, from studying, working out, or just spending time with friends. Plus Spotify Radios are great for discovering new music.
Alternatively: Apple Music
Speaking of saving money & easy shopping, let me tell you about Ebates*.
If you don’t already know, Ebates saves you money on online purchases from a ton of retailers. Even Amazon! Which is cool because Amazon doesn’t have coupons.
If you’re going to shop online for any reason, Ebates will help you save money. And it’s cool because it’ll remind you to use it. You install it in your browser and it won’t bother you unless it’s trying to help. Pretty cool.
This is an affiliate link, but the real value is for you. I’ve made over $60 back since I started using it. In college, you need every cent you can get.
If I had to credit one service for my school success, it would be Google’s work apps.
Google has revolutionized working online. A lot of my school work was group projects on computers.
It used to be the worst to have to work on things together because you couldn’t all work on the same PowerPoint or Word doc unless you shared the flash drive. And if you forgot the thumb drive? Forget it.
Thankfully, that’s all over. You can access drive from anywhere, at anytime, with your account. And, you can share it with anyone so they can access it from anywhere, too.
Changed the game.
Related Post: How To Do Better Group Projects
The big thing about dealing with money in college is that most of it is on a card rather than in cash.
Your meal plan is on a card, your loans are through your bank, etc. It’s not likely you’ll use cash very often. If you do, it will be for smaller purchases here and there.
Another thing about college is there’s a lot of sharing money. You’ll probably owe your roommate or apartment-mates at some point for things you bought together or bills you’ll have to pay.
So what do you do? Take out the cash? Write them a check? Those can be a hassle.
So I got Venmo, which is a service by Paypal. You sign up, connect your bank account, and then can send or request money from anyone who has it.
You type in the amount, pick your friend and boom, transferred within a few days max. Plus, you can add memos so you know who paid for what.
Last but not least. One of my biggest issues as a blogger and student is having enough storage on my phone. For me, the biggest user of storage was always the photos. I would have tens of hundreds of pictures, and I never wanted to delete them, but I wanted them off of my phone. I would email them to myself, or wait to upload them onto my computer, which took forever.
Especially since I started blogging, I am so thankful for Google Photos. It backs up all your pictures when you’re connected to wifi, and keeps them in your Photos account (with unlimited storage, might I add).
Like the rest of the Google services, you can access the pictures from anywhere. And, it works backwards; you can access pictures you uploaded from your computer on your phone.
Plus you can share pictures and albums with other people, and they don’t have to download them either! They stay in the cloud at high quality.
We’ve all heard of the notorious “Freshman 15” that people get in college. This happens because we get stressed and busy, and we eat what’s quick. A lot of times, we can overlook what we are actually eating, and, in a couple of weeks, be confused when we’ve gained weight.
MyFitnessPal is a super easy to use app that lets you track your food/calories as well as workouts. I use it all the time to keep track of what I’m actually eating, versus what I think I’m eating.
When I first started on my health journey, it help me locate places I could cut calories, making it easier to start losing weight and changing habits.
Hope this list was helpful! What is a service you can’t live without?