Apps every student needs

Evan Kolin looks through the apps on his phone. Photo by Rachel Barber.

When hunger strikes past check-in and floor hours, get a food app. When a deadline is approaching, get an app for accessing files. When cherubs need to stay in touch, get a group messaging app. Here are the apps every cherub should download during their five weeks at Medill.

1. Food: Starbucks, Insomnia, UberEats GrubHub, Postmates

“They’re essential. Convenience is key. It saves so much hassle. If there’s any indecision in what you want to eat, you’ll end up at Hinman.” – Eli Karp of Briarcliff Manor, New York


2. Social: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat

“They make it easier to network with other cherubs, instructors and guest speakers. People really find the guest instructors interesting, and they want to follow them after they speak.” – Bella Paredes of Plainfield, Illinois


3. Group Messaging: GroupMe

“I downloaded it because everyone uses it. It was inconvenient to only get the GroupMe messages via my text messages. I was really reluctant to download another texting app, but it was really helpful in the end.” – Ilena Peng of Cupertino, California

4. Stories and Organization: Google Drive

“What’s nice about Google Drive is that you can access it anywhere. Because I brought my laptop, I can work anywhere I want. So I don’t have to just use the Fisk computer, I can work anywhere.” – Sam Zukin of Los Gatos, California

5. Information: AP News

“Even though it’s one news organization, I’m getting more of a variety of information. I see them as more objective than some of the organizations on the Apple news app.” – Carmen Molina Acosta of Bethesda, Maryland