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Lifestyles

August 13, 2013

Apps help college freshmen navigate finances, food

DETROIT — Apps can’t write papers or ace tests, but they will come in handy for college freshmen on and off campus. From managing money to staying organized, these apps will help students manage after you drop them off at the dorm.

Find My Friends (Free for iPhone and Android): This is the perfect app for your student to use with a select few friends. Users can make sure a roommate gets home safely from a party or look for a study buddy already hitting the books at the library. No matter how they use it, it’s a way for students and their friends to keep an eye on each other.

Mint (Free for iPhone and Android): Without parents around to help with a cash supply, Mint acts as a money manager in your student’s pocket. Whether it’s food, gas or clothes, the app displays how money is spent and helps your freshman create and stick to a budget. It even sends alerts when spending is higher than recommended.

Seamless (Free for iPhone and Android): When cafeteria food gets boring, Seamless can help students find the foods they’re craving. A database of more than 12,000 restaurants in major metro areas offers delivery, pickup, ratings and reviews of almost every cuisine imaginable. Plus, all orders can be placed from a smartphone.

ICE (Free for iPhone and $3.99 for Android): If your freshman is going far from home, you can rest a bit more easily knowing they have ICE. The In Case of an Emergency app provides an easy-to-access list of medication, allergies and insurance information should your student need help. Program the app with your phone number to be sure you’re the first to know what’s happened.

In addition, Documents to Go, Byword and Evernote all will help in the classroom. Documents to Go makes it possible to edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents, and Evernote is the ideal app for collaboration and note-sharing on a group project. Byword is the easiest and most elegant way to write papers on an iPad.

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