I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently in my first year of college, and I guess I wanted to share with you guys come apps that I have been using and that have been so so helpful for me.
It’s actually funny that I have a better routine here at college than back in high school.
This is a blessing in disguise. I’ve never felt better about waking up before. Sleep Cycle has patented technology that tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you up when you are entering light sleep. That way, it makes you feel as if you’re waking up naturally. I’ve never hit the snooze button since. The only drawback is that you have to allocated a 30 minute time interval in which the app will wake you up, so you might end up waking earlier or later than you hope to.
I used to be terrible at having to-do lists, but this app has saved me. It functions as both a task manager as well as a daily habit tracker. I found it too overwhelming to have another app to keep track of habits, so I use this app to do it as well! The app is super user friendly in that you can set up tasks for today, or schedule them in advance. The app has a smart processor that if you write “everyday” it will repeat everyday, or if you write “every saturday” it will do so and so on. I’m in love with it.
I’ve always been using Last Pass, which is an amazing password manager. Recently I downloaded it onto my phone and has done wonders for me. If you’re in college, you should definitely check to see if your college provides you with free premium membership; definitely take advantage of that!
I am a slave to my calendar. A SLAVE. My entire lifeline is on 146.4 MB storage (ok, this sounded better in my head). College is full of so many events and very random course schedules. The schedule is constantly changing that it’s impossible for me to keep track in my head. So Google Calendar does it for me. The color coding is also such a great feature; I’ve never felt so organized before!
This is a note keeper application. I guess any app can do, but I really like this one in that it syncs across your phone, laptop, and other devices. It’s always nice to have something available to take note on whenever an idea or thought comes into you head.
I found this really helpful when I need to submit hand-written problem sets. I jumped through quite a few scanner apps, but I finally decided on Adobe Scan because of its wide range of features and easy usability. The scans come out really nice and it’s automatic!! Definitely recommend trying this out.
Amazon Prime App
I thought freshman year was the time to get Amazon Prime. And there’s definitely good and bad to using your free trial. For one, it’s so easy to buy things you forgot to bring to college. Extra toothbrush? Amazon. Rain boots? Amazon. Tapestries? AMAZON. The nice thing is that you don’t need to worry about shipping, because it’s free! The only bad thing I can think of is that I spend way too much money on Amazon now. My bank account it crying.
One thing I have to say after two months in college is that there is so much more freedom than I anticipated. No one stops you from studying out late until 2 am with friends or going on impromptu trips to the movies during the school week.
Honestly, at the start of the school year, I was a bit worried about whether or not I would feel like I belong, but I really love it here at Harvard 🙂 They say that the best part of college is its people, and I completely agree with that.
Anyways, I’ll be off to the Harvard Yale football game this weekend, and I’m so excited!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to share a few more posts on my time at college 🙂