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Keep organized and stay in touch with these sixteen student approved apps:

Jessica Cooper, 20, Oakville, Ont.

Third-year psychology student at University of Guelph in Guelph, Ont., with a minor in child and family studies


"If you need help getting home from somewhere on campus at night and you don't want to walk alone, you can contact someone and they'll walk you home. A Guelph-specific app, although other schools have their own versions."


"It's kind of like anonymous Twitter where you can post stuff and people can upload it. It lets people know what's going on in the Guelph community. Anyone can see it; you can look at different towns. I could look at one in Ottawa if I wanted but you can't post on it unless you're at that location, you can just peek at it and see what's going on there."

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Katelyn Broad, 18, Toronto

Second-year creative industries and business arts student at Ryerson University in Toronto


"A popular music app among students, Songza creates playlists for you depending on what kind of mood you're in. There's even a studying section, which is a way to fill the dead air, along with a party section, soundtrack section, etc. It's better than going on YouTube and always having to manually change the song when one finishes."


"We use it a lot in school to schedule study times or talking to group members or to do group projects, to say who's doing what part, and scheduling times to get together. I'm on the course union so I find we have a chat and we use that to communicate with each other – it's a lot easier than e-mail."

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Marissa Younan, 21, Windsor, Ont.

Just graduated from the University of Windsor and headed to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., for a master in management and applied biological sciences


"As a university student trying to keep a healthy lifestyle I use something called MyFitnessPal and it helps me keep track of calories. You can look up how many calories and what the nutritional value of certain foods are, and it helps you track your exercise."


"It's a good way to find things to do in the city. Not only does it give me discounts on things, but it also helps to give me ideas of things to do because they're all local. Shows, activities, tours, sporting events, all those sorts of things."

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Rachel Shin, 22, Toronto

Fourth-year environmental science and economics student at Dalhousie University in Halifax


"Unlike the standard iPhone e-mail app, Outlook is configured similarly to how our Dalhousie e-mail system is set up, so that's one that I use a lot. It's for convenience because it has my whole inbox and shows new messages so it's easier to check that than boot up my computer and check there. I like the system overall; you can set up meetings and manage the calendar. The share drive function of it is pretty cool too because you can send people shared permissions for documents you're working on together."


"It's an online trivia game where you challenge your friends. It was kind of addicting at first because you get to face friends at other schools and back home and it's just a bunch of fun questions to answer. You might even learn a couple of things."

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Nicole Barber, 22, North Battleford, Sask.

Fourth-year environmental engineering student at the University of Regina


"This app is great if you're doing group projects or if you want to work on things later and you're not necessarily in front of your computer because it just helps you keep things more mobile, so you can access them wherever you are."


"It's great for taking notes, especially if you want to convert them into a report. It's good for using in conferences because then you can take notes on your iPad and convert them to the laptop later."


"One thing I use a lot, especially back in my first year being homesick, is FaceTime. I use it a lot to communicate with family and friends back home. My family is five hours away and my mom has never seen where I was staying so to get on FaceTime and be able to show her my apartment was nice. She could see what I was seeing."

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Kirsty McGowan, 22, Australia

Fourth-year English and communications student at the University of Calgary


"It's a way to input all your deadlines for all your classes, then you add all your reading and then all your exams and assignments and it's kind of a play-byplay of what you have coming up for the semester. One of the hardest things is negotiating all your deadlines when you have five classes so it's a great way to do that, especially if you're in a reading-heavy degree. I'm in English and communications so I have a lot of reading, so it's a great way for me to keep track of that."


"You log the books you've been reading and you can see what your friends have been reading, so it's both academic and recreational for me because I'm an English major. It recommends books to you based on what you've read and what you've rated high. Once you've read a book you give it a rating and then it will recommend you books it thinks you will enjoy based on those ratings."

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Jasneet Sabharwal, 26, New Delhi, India

Doing a masters in computer science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.


"It's a question-and-answer website. It's basically a community where people post questions, and the stuff that I like to follow. So I can follow topics and under the list of topics people will post questions and someone can answer or I can go and answer or read the answers – like what are some good active blogs for computational linguistics. If I post a question on that then someone can answer it and I can go and read it."


"It's a communications app that I use a lot for interacting with my lab mates. It's basically a chat application, so we can chat with each other, chat with my supervisor."


"It's basically a loyalty app, so whenever you buy something using the prepaid Starbucks card you use the Starbucks app and then you get reward stars and once you get 12 you can get a free drink or food."

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