May 25, 2012

Collegiate Perspective: The Top 5 Apps

At this point in time, many of us are owners of a smart phone. Whether it’s an iPhone, a Blackberry, or an Android, there a millions upon millions of apps to choose from, but for the on-the-go Alpha Phi, these are some of my favorites.

Hopefully you’ve already got a LinkedIn account, and if you don’t, I would encourage you to get one! It’s basically a Facebook for professionals. It’s a great way to market your occupational skills while connecting to important people within your field of work. This app lets you do this on-the-go with alerts about messages and invites, and keeps track of your news feed. This is an awesome app especially for recent Alpha Phi graduates seeking employment.

Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app might be my favorite app of all time. It is the most convenient way to get a good, solid, workout in, from anywhere, at anytime. Which is basically an on-the-go, collegiate woman’s dream. It has dozens of workouts based on either “getting lean, getting toned, getting strong or getting focused,” each focusing on a specific area of the body. Two of my best friends (and Alpha Phi sisters) use this app for nightly workouts. It times each type of workout, gives you an instructional video, and lets you set it to your favorite pump-up play list. We really like the “ab burner” workout under “get focused”!

If you’re a coffee junkie like me, you will love this app. It has several features, however, the card and location features are my favorites. During the summer I travel a bunch, so finding the closest Starbucks from anywhere closest to the interstate comes in handy. It lets you know the nearest location to you and gives you directions. Have a Starbucks gift card? Load in the information onto your smart phone, you can use your phone just like a gift card!

Instagram allows you to put a creative touch on all those pictures you take everywhere you go. Give them a vintage feel, make them brighter, or change the highlights and lowlights. It also works sort of like Twitter and Facebook, so you can check out your sisters and friends pictures in a newsfeed setup.

Witty, right? This is the BEST to-do list app. I have several. This app allows you to categorize based on importance. If you’re facing an impossibly busy semester, juggling class, internships, Alpha Phi, AND work, this app breaks all of your biggest jobs into the smallest parts, helping you manage your life a little better. It syncs up with your iCal, too, making this task manager virtually almost flawless.

Jamie K. White is a collegiate member at Florida State  (Gamma Phi). Click here to read her bio.

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