Top Websites for College Students

July 24, 2015 in Alive Campus, Tech

College students will always find ways to avoid studying for as long as possible and find others way to entertain themselves. With laptops and tablets becoming the dominant ways of taking notes, it’s impossible to not want to browse the Web during class or simply when you’re bored. There are certain websites that most college students have visited for entertainment or information at some point. Here are just a few that I think all college students should know about:

Reddit: This informational and entertaining website if perfect for those who enjoy keeping up to date on the latest news or interesting stories. There are always some exciting pieces of entertainment to click on, whether that’s someone taking a cool photo or simply an interesting story about their cat. Whatever it is, Reddit can certainly become addicting!

Buzzfeed: I personally enjoy taking the Buzzfeed quizzes because they’re scarily accurate sometimes! It’s a great source of entertainment to pass time late at night when you can’t fall asleep, or during class when your professor can’t stop talking about Shakespeare.

YouTube: It’s basically become the biggest site for college students to learn life skills. If you have no idea how to do laundry your first year of college, or if you simply do not know how to fry an egg, that’s what YouTube is for. If you ask almost anyone how he or she learned to do something on his or her own, at least 50 percent of the time, the answer is YouTube.

StudyBlue: This is an efficient and portable way to take notes and eventually use them down the road, either for a big midterm or final. With so many students utilizing computers and tablets during class, it’s probably the better option as opposed to keeping all notes on paper, which is also easy to lose sometimes.

Quizlet: I have used Quizlet multiple times, especially for online classes when the questions on the test were very specific to certain key terms. This site can be a lifesaver if you need to study last minute and have no time to make yourself a study guide. The best part? It’s free!

RateMyProfesor: It’s becoming more common for students to check in on the rating of their professors before signing up for a class. We’ve all experienced that one class where the professor simply did not want to assist the students in earning high grades. Checking in on RateMyProfessor is a great way to read firsthand reviews on the class as a whole and if the professor will be of your liking. Remember that just the instructor of the class can make or break your grade.

Alive Campus: This site is perfect for students who want to receive firsthand advice about college. It basically provides personal perspectives and real information about specific colleges, as well as college in general. The best part is that all of the articles all written by students who are currently in college, so all of the information provide is accurate to firsthand experiences as opposed to just a general outlook.

With all of these sites to keep in mind, it’s time to open up the tablet and start browsing once again.

Rate My Professor is ideal for students who want prior knowledge of their professors.

Rate My Professor is ideal for students who want prior knowledge of their professors.

The College Tech World

June 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Tech

With digital devices becoming progressively popular in our generation, it’s simply impossible to not keep up to date on the latest gadgets that are especially significant in the college tech world. Technology in itself has certainly become the dominant means through which we perform every little task, whether that’s recording notes in class as the professor speaks or sending out emails on the go with a few simple clicks of a button. Here are just a few things that I feel every college student should have in their possession. Sometimes, the extra money is worth spending, and luckily, students oftentimes receive discounts on certain devices.

Laptop: This is probably most the popular device for taking quick notes, doing research, keeping up to date on assignments, etc. Most students have Macbooks since they are generally lighter than PCs to carry back and forth from class. My recommendation is the Macbook Air for both the price and weight. It’s much lighter than the Pro, which is a huge plus when commuting to class.

Ipad/ Tablet: These are always good for carrying to class since they’re compact and can perform generally everything the same as a laptop. Open up a PDF on the tablet to follow along to notes in class and you’re good to go. Another beneficial item to have is the portable keyboard that enables you to quickly type up notes while in class.

Dr. Dre Beats: A solid pair of headphones is always a useful item to have, whether it’s for working out at the gym or drowning out your loud roommate while trying to do homework.

Portable Phone Charger: We tend to feel lost when we don’t have access to our phones. A student’s smartphone is undoubtedly their best friend for various reasons. So, naturally, owning a charger that’s easily accessible and small enough to carry around is a plus for those who simply need their phones every step they take. And let’s face it, that’s most of us.

GoPro: These are becoming extremely popular for taking high-quality pictures and videos, especially when traveling. If you’re good at photography, then this is a great investment, especially if you plan to study abroad at some point throughout your college career.

Microsoft Surface Pro: This is a popular device that has recently been a hit for college students. It essentially serves as a replacement for bringing a laptop to class. Like the tablet, it can perform everything that a laptop can but without the extra weight. It also has a keyboard which is useful for note-taking and following along in class.

Home Speakers: Every college student appreciates a good pair of home speakers to either blast music while working out or having a house party.

Selfie Stick: Who would have thought that a selfie stick would make its way onto this list? I have already seen multiple students using these around campus to make sure their selfies are nothing short of perfection before posting to Instagram. It’s obvious that social media has taken over at this point with these popular items.

So, while some of these items may be slightly expensive for the broke college student, they’re certainly worth it with the amount of uses that will come out of them. Try your best to convince your parents that the $1000 Macbook Air will be your key to success in college (as long as you’re not browsing social media all day.) It’s worth a shot.

Technology Takeover

Technology Takeover

Revolutionary Technologies of 2014-2015

February 27, 2015 in Alive Campus, Reviews, Tech

Every day we use technology to help us facilitate our daily tasks such as doing presentations, marketing, entertainment, and much more. We get the latest phones, computers, televisions, and tablets. Here are the latest technology devices that have been releases in the market from 2014 to 2015:

Revolutionary Technology!!

Revolutionary Technology!!

Google Glass: This device is a pair of glasses that lets you see the latest updates in the world, google maps, take photos and much more when you are on the go. This device, even though it is still in its early stage and haven not reach it’s full potential, it can be still considered a device that changed the way we experience the world. It will also change the future by changing the way we see things. What is better than taking the features of a smart phone and putting them in glasses that are easier to manage. Even though this is a great device for the future, it still has a downfall, people will get too distracted with these device that it will cause accidents just like the smartphones did when it started to get more popular. Let’s just see what and how this device will change the daily lives of millions of people in American and around the world. 

Logitech Type-S: This is a two in one device that has become popular in the last two years. Being able to have a table at one moment and after attaching the keyboard it becomes a laptop. It is a more convenient way to get both a table and a laptop when needed. The table is small, and so is the keyboard and it is not as heavy as a laptop, although some laptops are light weight. It makes people wonder, if devices like the logitech Type-S exist what will happen to laptops and table in the future? Will they still be as popular as they have been up until now?

Samsung Galaxy Gear: This device is a smart watch that came out in 2014 and has become extremely popular. Unlike the Google Glass, this device is more convenient because it is wore like a regular watch and it is not as distracting or noticeable as glasses. This device has features like a smart phone, like apps and updates, and it is another device that has the potential to change the world.

Google Driverless Car: This car, can change the way people in the world use cars. Having driverless cars is going to be revolutionary and will alter the lives of many people, especially those with physical disabilities. What is better than having the car drive itself? Nothing! If this car becomes the norm usage of transportation in the future, people would be totally control by technology and the reliance of technology will further increase.

There are many new technology devices that come out each year that are changing the lives of many people. Some devices are great, but others should make us question about how much we are relying on technology over the years and where do we cross the line of using technology as a tool to facilitate certain task and relying on them for our every daily tasks?

Cynical Cornellian: A+ Smartphone Apps

January 16, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Love, Tech

As I often state, “College is the time to be an adult!” By that, I don’t mean that college is the time to make long-term decisions or even mature ones. Rather, college is the time to learn how to live like a starving artist in a low-rent apartment, in which your dinners consist of ramen noodles and saltine crackers and your daily routines consist of perusing your Tumblr dashboard and posting ironic Facebook statuses to hide the fact that you truly despise where your life has headed. All cynical college student jokes aside, being an adult in college means being broke and bored (still cynical, but hey, I’m a college kid).  So here’s a list of wonderful, life-improving/life-altering phone apps and websites that might make you just a tad bit less cynical about your slowly degrading adult life.

"Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up."

“Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up.”

Seamless/Grubhub: This is the pinnacle of foodie heaven (I’m a foodie, so you can trust me on this one). Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up. The application has the added function of dividing restaurants into food categories/genres (Pizza, Chinese, Sushi, Indian, etc.). Personally, I love the app because it categorizes restaurants based on distance and customer ratings. Moreover, I love having access to the menus in an organized fashion—I have a legitimate phobia to entering a dining establishment only to be bombarded with a huge menu and an impatient waiter/cashier. Seamless gives me the options with an unlimited supply of time to think about, and research/find pictures of, the food that I’m about to use my limited supply of money to purchase (as a cynical, broke college kid, you have to be economical). Use the app for any meal of the day—or late night, if you’re about that all-nighter life.

Tinder: Dating is tough. Dating in college is tougher. It’s true that college is probably going to be the time of your life in which you have the largest supply of potential life partners. From that perspective, you would assume that finding a date and, eventually, a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner would be as easy as reading a children’s pop up book (sans the people who are illiterate or have a phobia to paper that unfolds and pops out at you when you turn the page). Unfortunately, dating in college is not that simple—for reasons unbeknownst to me. Tinder makes everything so much easier! You make an account by linking your Facebook to the Tinder app, your Facebook profile photos sync to the app and become your main photo stream, you write a witty and provocative description, and you swipe right to all of the cuties! If you get matched, you send an awkward and slightly inappropriate greeting and cross your fingers that you’ll get lucky tonight. I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!

"I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!"

“I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!”

Yik Yak: Imagine seeing Regina George’s burn book but with names kept out of the hateful messages and the pages being short, electronic posts. Once you can conceptualize this, you’ve conceptualized Yik Yak. An anonymous social media app, YY allows users to upload rude, comedic, or somewhere in-between posts that get disseminated to an audience in a 10-mile radius. So if you’re bored and absolutely hate that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library, post a status about that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library and hope that people in that incredibly silent library give you a thumbs up—also hope that the girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library reads the post and turns off that garbage that she calls music.

And there you have it: three apps that I consider to be A+ material for college kids struggling to be adults in a world where being an adult is a massively depressing ordeal that requires a trust fund or sugar daddy to truly be happy. Am I cynical? Yes. Are these apps A+? Absolutely.

The World Runs on: Technology

January 13, 2015 in Tech

I’m not sure if anyone could survive in college nowadays without some sort of technology, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing? I remember my uncle (he has a PhD in History), telling me that when he was in college earning his PhD he had nothing but the library to lean on when it came to research and studying. No computers, no phones, no internet – Nothing. Can you imagine earning a PhD in history with absolutely no technology? Yikes! Well, luckily, it’s 2015 and us college students have plenty of gadgets and technology to get us through to graduation.

Here are some of the most popular tech gadgets for college kids today:

Apple for the win!

Apple for the win!

1. Iphones:Hands down Iphones are superior when it comes to smartphones, and it’s not simply because it’s “Apple”. Iphones combine an icon based platform and an attractive layout and scheme to create an easy to use phone that also looks beautiful. Iphones also have countless apps for anything you might need, as well as attractive cases to accessorize and make them personal. People also have Droid phones but Iphones seem to be more popular with college students.

2. Macs: Another Apple product – Macs are simply the best computers for college students because of their inability to get viruses, their attractive, sleek look, and their speed versus regular PC’s. Although Mac’s are ridiculously more expensive than PC’s such as Dell’s or Toshiba’s, it’s almost worth the price because there is never really an issue with them. Macs are also built for artsy/graphic design students which is appealing to young people in college.



3. Ipads:Yes, most people do have a laptop AND an Ipad believe it or not. Personally, I don’t feel like I need an Ipad because I have a laptop, but they can be nice for watching Netflix in bed or just hanging out and surfing the web. Ipads don’t get hot like laptops and are easy to discreetly use in class for whatever reason.

4. Kindles and Ebooks: These have become very popular because textbooks for classes can be rented or bought on them for MUCH cheaper than the physical book. Personally, I am not a fan of these just because I am an English nerd and love having a physical book to highlight and write in. I also find it very hard to read Ebooks because I have poor vision and find them too dark. These can be great options for students that want to save some money on real textbooks and they can also be great for reading late at night if they have a built in light.

5. Apple TV: Apple TV is pretty cool because you have access to a tons of shows and movies and you can connect your Netflix to it. You could also just connect a cord from your computer to the TV but sometimes they don’t always work and stop in the middle to stream. This is a great gift for a college student because it can be pretty pricy so they probably won’t want to buy it for themselves.

So, where would us college kids be without technology? Probably not very far (I’m kind of kidding)…But anyways, here are the best tech gadgets for college kids today (in my opinion). Any and all of these technologies will probably make your life one million times easier while you’re in college.