5 Apps to Ease the High School to College Transition

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5 Apps to Ease the High School to College Transition

by Jake Greenberg

With 2 years of college under my belt, I’ve found the apps listed below extremely helpful in organizing both my academic and social life while at school.


The kind of app every kid should download before entering their freshman year, Venmo allows users to split a check. By simply hooking up a debit or credit card to Venmo, one can pay a friend directly. Venmo links up with Facebook to gather who you would need to pay or get paid from. Incidentally, it’s also a perfect way for parents to send their children funds. (Free iOS and Android)

MyHomework Student Planner & iStudiez 

These two apps help students track their homework, study time, and other academic tasks. With interfaces that are clean and simple, yet intuitive and effective, you can see your sssignments get automatically loaded in a calendar for better organization. And, like Evernote, both apps have the ability to sync content across multiple devices so you don’t have to bother with sending emails or text messages to yourself to transfer stuff from one device to another. (Free, MyHomework Student Planner is available for iOS and Android, while iStudiez is available for iOS.)


Tapingo is the perfect tool for people with twenty or so minutes between classes, since it allows students to order food from a campus restaurant through an app on their phone, allowing then to scoop the order, pay, and get back to their busy day. I personally used Tapingo often at school this past year, grabbing a bite from restaurants like Panda Express, Sushi Maki, and the campus Subway. (Free iOS and Android)

Sky Guide

GroupMe just may be the most convenient way to stay connected with a group of people. Let’s say you’d like to stay in contact with your new floormates, your intramural team, or pledge class. All you’ve got to is download the GroupMe app, connect with friends via Facebook, then create a group by adding members. (Multiple groups occurring all at once are encouraged.) While that might sound like texting, essentially, one has the option to like friends’ messages and show off an avatar that appears with every message sent. (Free iOS and Android)

Yik Yak

Yik Yak, one of the most unique apps I’ve ever used, might best be described as Twitter without anyone knowing who’s posted what. So, if you need to get something off your chest, or need to alert everyone in the area about a party nearby or a study group occurring, Yik Yak is the app for you. Yik Yak also allows users to like or dislike posts; if a post gets too many dislikes, it’s removed—which cuts down on mean or inappropriate posts.  (Free iOS and Android)

About the Author

Jacob Greenberg is currently a junior enrolled in the business school at the University of Miami studying Accounting and Finance. Jake is currently involved in our internship program focusing on Finance, Marketing, and Public Relations.