How New Technology for College Streamlines Student Life

Wireless devices and apps help improve first year experience for college students.

By on July 29, 2014

While many current college students and alumni will tell you these years are “the best of your life,” for some, beginning life as a college student can be an intimidating experience.

Fortunately, there many ways technology for college can make the transition a bit smoother. Oftentimes, the most difficult part of moving into college life is figuring out the lay of the land, both on campus and around the local community. The Scout app can help you discover everything you need to know about your new college town –from map routes to local live music and fun activities. Plus, while you’re out on the town, a Fitbit activity tracker will help you count your steps, and help motivate you to stave off the freshman 15.

If you’re meeting new friends outside for lunch or a study group, add some tunes to keep you energized with the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from a compact speaker that fits easily on any picnic table, backpack or dorm space. You can even customize it with colored accessory covers to fit your personality.

"The Bose SoundLink Mini made studying more bearable,” said Marquette University student, Eric Decker. “When I used the SoundLink Mini, I actually began to look forward to studying because of how nice the sound quality is. I would make a playlist, click play and crank out a paper in no time.”

Have some downtime between classes? Whether you’re a movie buff or gamer, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet comes to the rescue. The 10.1-inch full HD display, paired with 4G LTE, allows you to easily download a movie from Sony’s Video Unlimited and immerse yourself in the high-quality picture. The preloaded PlayStation App extends your console experience to the tablet and allows you to access the PlayStation Store to buy games and challenge your friends.  And don’t worry about spilling that soda – the Xperia Z2 is waterproof!

But even with your newfound lifestyle, don’t forget your studies.

The iProcrastinate app will help you steer clear of missing deadlines and due dates. It syncs wirelessly with your computer or Dropbox to keep your tasks at the tip of your finger when you’re on the go. The Nexus 7 tablet is a great option to keep all your notes and documents organized and in one place. It’s thin, light, extremely portable, and can even come with a silicone cover to protect it from falling off a desk or the wear and tear of a backpack. And to ensure your tablet doesn’t run out of battery power during a class, bring along a JBL Charge, which doubles as both a charger and speaker, for peace of mind and some added beats!

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