The Freshman Guide: 5 Must-Have Apps
In this day and age, most millennials are glued to their smartphones. With the ability to access news, weather, social media, homework and more, smartphones have become almost a necessity. Becuase of this reality, developers have been able to put essential information right at the palm of your hands. Below are 5 must-have apps for your time at Penn State. Be sure to install them ASAP so that you’re ready when school starts.
Most freshman are required to live on campus their first year and purchase a meal plan, which means multiple trips to the dining hall each day. Luckily, Penn State dining has you covered with an app that tells you what’s on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the campus dining areas. In addition, the app has the hours for each dining area, interactive maps to locate the dining areas, and you even can track your eating intake as well as add custom foods to the app to ensure an accurate intake count. The app is available on both iPhone & Android.
Like we mentioned in part one of our guide to transportation, the CATA app is essential for campus life. The app includes not only the routes of each on and off campus bus, but also provides the location of the buses and the number of people on each bus, which can be the deciding factor on if it’s worth waiting for a Blue Loop on a perfectly sunny day. Once again, this app is available for both iPhone and Android users, and the similar app, CATA+ is available exclusively for Android users.
As the app developers put it, “it’s time to get in touch with your education.” If you didn’t know, Penn State is dropping the tried and true ANGEL course management system for Canvas, its cooler and sleeker friend. Canvas does practically everything that ANGEL did, so the transition won’t be too bad. What’s really cool about Canvas is how user-friendly its mobile app is. The app has the follow abilities:
• Stay on top of your to do items
• View your course schedule and syllabus
• Read and participate in course discussions
• Turn in homework assignments
• Upload files, videos, and audio recordings
• Read, create, and reply to inbox messages
• Study and navigate course pages
• View grades for your courses and individual assignments
• View submissions and participate in comment discussions with your instructor
• Access and participate in Canvas groups
4. LionPATH Mobile
While Canvas is cool, we can’t always have nice things all the time. With the addition of Canvas comes the eLion replacement, LionPATH. LionPATH sucks, honestly. There’s no getting around it. It has a 1990s look and is unnecessarily difficult to navigate. Luckily, their mobile app is a *bit* better. With the mobile app, you can do almost everything on the site, but it’s at least a little less painful. So yeah, iPhone and Android users, here you go.
5. Penn State Life
If you need an app that is literally your guide to campus and beyond, this is it. The Penn State life app features the ‘Penn State Preface’ Guide, which provides information about all of the resources available on campus, Penn State values, health and wealth tips, “Penn State vocabulary” and more. If you need a crash course on all things Penn State, this app is for you.
Good luck freshman, and enjoy all of what the world wide web has to offer.