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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 Most Useful Devices for College Students

November 7, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

College today revolves around the digital age. No matter what college campus you are on, you will find laptops, smartphones, tablets and some other random devices. These devices have become a necessity for students in college and this would have been unheard of 20 years ago.

Today’s college students would not be able to get through college if they didn’t have the following or something similar to the following.

  1. Laptops: Laptops are essential to the college student. Pretty much every class requires you to have one in order to do your work. Everything is going digitalized and having a laptop is a lot easier than having a desktop computer. Laptops are portable and easy to use. Additionally, most students take them to class in order to take notes with instead of writing by hand. Typing is a lot quicker and you can record the teacher’s lecture if you want also. Ironically, some teachers want their students to bring their laptops in order to look up websites, articles, or their presentation in order to follow along. Laptops are probably the most useful and used device for college students.
  2. Smartphones: Everywhere you turn, you will most likely see people using their smartphones. Smartphones are like a smaller version of the laptop. They are useful to the college student because they allow you to look something up in an instant and they are easier to carry than the laptop. Teachers are also allowing students to use them in class in order to look up information. Smartphones have so many useful features like GPS, internet connection, and of course the obvious texting and calling that any college student would benefit from having one.
  3. Tablets: Tablets are a combination of the laptop and smartphone put together. They are slightly smaller than the laptop, therefore more portable and easier to carry. But they are also bigger than the smartphone which allows the ability to write and type (with a touch screen). Tablets are useful for taking notes in class without the bulk of the laptop and are also nice because you can watch movies on them without having the big keyboard in the way like the laptops. These features are what college students probably like the most because they have to take notes for class and they also like to watch movies in their dorms. It’s the best of both worlds.
  4. Google Glass: This is a new technology that clips on to your glasses. It is pretty much a smartphone on your glasses. It allows you to navigate, take pictures and video, and give you reminders. This would be a very useful device for college students because they are always on the go and it is a hands free device that has a lot of the features of the smartphone. A perfect combination for college students.

    Google Glass

    Google Glass

 Overall, these devices are, or are becoming, universal in colleges around the world. They are able to provide quick access to information with other features as well for entertainment. They are our present and future and college students would not know what to do without them.

Sexting Students

January 14, 2013 in Campus Life, Infographics, Love, Tech

Sexting Students

Sexting Students

For most college students sexting is no big deal. In fact, 4 out of 5 college students do it. However, sexting can lead to more than just embarassment – it can lead to serious legal consequences especially if a minor is involved.

A recent survey of over 200 students showed that 56% received sexually suggestive messages over text messaging. 78% received suggestive messages. 2/3 sent sexually suggestive messages. 73% of sexts were sent to relationship partners. 10% of ppl forwarded on the sext to others without the consent of the original sender. 17% of all people who have received a sext have forwarded it on to others. Sexting usually happens in one of three ways: between two romantically involved partners, between partners that are then shared outside of the relationship, between two people not in a relationship but one hopes to be.

How do you respond to unwanted sexts? If the first one comes from a number or person you don’t know just ignore/delete it. If it happens again respond back and say that they have the wrong number. Contact your cell phone provider to see if they can block this number. If someone you know is sending you sexts communicate clearly to them that you are not interested. If things get bad and you choose to contact the police you will need a record of the events.

Several states have signed bills against sexting to minors in 2011 and 2012.

College students are so tied to texting that they will text while driving, in class or in bed. Cell phone owners in the 18-24 age range send an average of 1,630 texts per month – that’s three per hour. 95% of college students bring their cell phones to class. 91% of college students use their cell phones to text in class. 62% of students say they should be allowed to text as long as they don’t disturb others.

Smartphone usage impacts students in a variety of ways. 47% are awakened by text messages and respond before falling asleep. 40% answered phone calls while they are asleep. Students who do this lost as many as 44 minutes of sleep each week. 93% of students text while driving.

Big Spending in College

December 20, 2012 in Campus Life, Infographics, Style

Today’s college students spend lots of money – not just on ramen noodles – but on a variety of different products and services that make the college experience very pricey. 40% of an average student’s budget is spent on discretionary items (or money set aside for basis necessities and non-essential goods and services, another 26% on room & board, 19% on tuition and 15% on other costs.

46% of discretionary spending goes to food purchases. $20 billion was spend on groceries last year. $12 billion was spend on dining and eating out. Another $8 billion was spent by students on convenience food and snack purchases. University students spend and average of $100/month on coffee and $50 on beer purchases. $5.5 billion is spend each year by undergraduates and graduates on alcohol for parties and events.

Rapid changes to technology have also had an impact on how many digital devices we own. The average student owns 6 digital devices like a computer, phone, camera, etc. Not surprisingly, 98% of all college students own a laptop or personal desktop computer. Cell phone and smart phone ownership changed dramatically last year. 84% of people owned a cell phone last year and now only 55% of people own a cell phone. However, smart phone users went up and 42% of people use smartphones this year compared to 26% using smartphones last year.

Most students also don’t skimp on looking good and dressing well. College undergraduates spend over $4 billion on personal care items and hygiene each year. Students also spend close to $6 billion on different fashionable apparel and clothing each year. Check out the infographic below to learn more:

Big Spending in College

Big Spending in College