Free(dom) Apps!

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    Posted on Friday, Feb 02, 2018
    “When I was your age, we never had laptops or the Internet to solve our problems… I had to rely on the good ol’ library downtown!” This is the usual response from my grandmother whenever she asks me and my cousins a question, and phones, tablets and laptops appear on the scene, getting the answers we can quickly fine in 0.0032 seconds, according to Google.  We get it though, Grandma! My generation and the generation coming into the scene is of the technological era.  Not our fault… blame the inventors and Steve Jobs! FYI, I am pretty sure that she does not even know who he is.

              This is just the environment we live in, and we are able to have many things within our reach, with just a click of a button (or two).  Now, with college, technology, especially applications easily found on our laptops, tablets, iPads, iPods, or even our phones are of our disposal.  What is even better than apps??? Answer: FREE APPS!! Yes, as college students, we tend to lean towards things that have that 4 letter word in front of it.  So, since I am in the sharing mood (and that is usually the case, unless we talk about chocolate, coffee, or Italian food…. Then no.), I want to share with you 2 apps that I use all the time and my reasons why.
     
              First app of the day: Power Planner! This app literally has saved my life, when it comes down to remembering homework, or staff meetings, or even my uncle’s birthday!  Power Planner is this academic tool that allows you to have everything about schedules for the semester and organization at the palm of your hands. I use this, especially during the first week of classes, when syllabi are being given out, because I quickly and easily transfer all my important dates for the classes onto the app, which I have on my phone and laptop synced.  I get to create my schedule, with color coding classes, and categorizing all the things I have in each class, such as homework, quizzes, exams, final exams and so much more.  I can also put non-educational things down in their calendar portion, such as a doctor’s appointment or a TA’s birthday, so that I will never forget.
     
              Second favorite app (and it should be of no surprise because I am me), DOMINO’S!!! Yes, you read correctly. Domino’s app is LIFE for me.  When I lived on campus in Schuhmacher Hall (the 3 H’s hall), I would be the girl who went straight to classes, and then returned right back into my room, and not see the outside world until the next day.  I always bought groceries, so I would make food in my room, but that was not enough. So, I looked online for any fast food apps that was quick and easily available, especially since all the fast food restaurants were literally across the street from my dorm.  With the Domino’s app, I was able to view the menu, order the kind of pizza that I wanted, and either have it be takeout or delivered.  Now, with a History class that ended at 5:25, I was able to make my meal during class, choose the option of picking it up right after class, walk straight across the street to the store, pick up my order, and go right back over to my dorm in 15 minutes, where I had nice, hot, cheesy pizza with a Sprite and brownies for dessert.  Now, the food is not free (unfortunately), but the app is and it was really convenient for me.

              Now, I hope that sharing theses apps with you all allows you to get to know me a little bit.  Since sharing is caring though, let’s return the favor.  Let me know what your top 2 apps are (free is better!), by emailing me at tammylocke97@exchange.tamu.edu. Now, I will end of by leaving you with a quote:
    “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.“ Martin Luther King, Jr.
     
     
    Tamera Locke, College of Agriculture
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