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7 Apps That Every Spartan Needs

by Katie Byers | Oct 18, 2016

This is a list of my gotta-have apps! Anything from entertainment to functionality. These apps are my lifesavers!

  1. TED: This is my all-time favorite app. I absolutely love it. Call me a nerd, but I love listening to Ted talks online. This app allows you to pick the genre of talk you want to hear and choose how much time you have to listen. It will compile a playlist of Ted Talks based on what you choose! I like to listen to it while I get ready in the morning. I set the timer for 40 minutes and usually choose inspirational as my genre. It’s the perfect motivation for my morning!
  2. Any.Do: I’m really big on making lists. The only problem? I am constantly losing my list. This app is the perfect solution. It is the ultimate list making app! It has categories where you can make lists for school, work, life, today, tomorrow, anything you want! When you complete a task, it strikes a line through the typing. It’s simply satisfying.
  3. Weather Pup: I don’t know about you, but I check the weather every morning when I wake up. Get rid of that boring Apple weather app and trade it in for Weather Pup. It’s much more adorable and makes you feel all warm in fuzzy inside, even if the weather outside is less than stellar.
  4. My Fitness Pal: This is a health and fitness app that helps you track food and exercise. It gives you nutritional facts on just about any food possible. You can also link any type of fitness tracking devices to it. This app helps me to keep track of what I’m eating and how much activity I do throughout the day!
  5. Toy Blast: Everyone has that one timewaster app… unfortunately this is mine. I like to think of it as a combination of Tetris and Candy Crush. Warning: This is an addicting game.
  6. Step Out!: If you’re like me, you know how hard it is to get out of bed in the morning. Have you ever pressed snooze one too many times and missed class? Yeah, me too. This app has two choices for setting your alarm and only allows 2 snooze buttons. Depending what method is chosen, this alarm clock will not shut off until either 20 steps are taken or a previously programmed picture is retaken. For myself, my alarm will not shut off until I take a picture of my bathroom sink. This app forces me to get out of bed!
  7. Spotify: Music is the one thing that can keep me sane. This app allows me to make a playlist for every occasion. I have playlists for anything from chill Sunday mornings to pump up music before basketball!

I hope you find some of these apps helpful to you! The best part? All of them are FREE, every college student’s favorite word. 

Katie Byers '18 is a biology-chemistry major & business minor. A member of the women's basketball team, she plans to study abroad in New Zealand in February 2017, and her dream job is to work at an orthopedic hospital.