Apps Where It’s At

Julia Lapham, Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno
Julia Lapham, Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno

In this social media crazed world we live in nowadays, apps can help someone living in a new place every few days stay connected to home, while also keeping  you informed about the areas around you. Apps can range anywhere from helping you feel safe in a place unfamiliar to you to a zombie-inspired fitness tracker that keeps you motivated to run. I’d like to share with y’all just a few free apps that I think will be beneficial for just about any woman in her day-to-day life, whether that’s on the road or living in your home of 30-plus years.



I’m actually going to have to give credit to Jessica of the Alpha Epsilon chapter for letting me experience this App firsthand with her. Once downloaded, the owner of SafeTrek holds down a button on the screen while she is walking somewhere that she is feeling unsafe. The trick is that once your finger has lifted from the button an alarm will go off until you type in the pass-code that you once inputted. If you do not type in the correct code within 10 seconds, a notification is sent to a 911 operator who will call you to make sure that you are safe and sound. One piece of advice: don’t demonstrate how to use this unless you actually remember the code on the first try…they really will call you back!



For all of you aspiring world travelers, this is the app for you! With the simple tap of a screen, you have the ability to keep track of all the different states you’ve been to as well as the different countries. I know I’m excited to watch my percentage of states traveled jump from 28% to who knows what by the end of this year!



As most of my friends may know, I am slightly addicted to this wonderful social media creation. This app provides you with the opportunity to let any friends that you have accepted a request from to view pictures that will either disappear instantly or disappear after 24 hours. For example, throughout the LC advanced training this summer, my friends back home in Reno were lucky enough to get hilarious pictures of the daily life of an LC and what it’s truly like to live in a suite with some of your closest friends. Here are some examples for your reading enjoyment…


Basically, if you want friends and family to be able to have random “snaps” of your day, you’re going to want to try this one out.



Last, but definitely not the least is GroupMe, an app that will allow you to be in a group message with as many members as you would like. To many, this can be overwhelming if you’re in one of these groups and haven’t checked your phone in a few hours. To others, it’s a way to stay in close contact with a large group of friends from wherever you all may be. It’s a mixture of normal text messaging with a social media twist in that you have the ability to like messages, post pictures, as well as change your nickname and picture. It can always put a smile on my face knowing that at many points throughout the day I’ll get to hear from my fellow SKLCs and remember that although we may be far apart, we are still connected in each other’s lives.

Please comment below and let me know if there are any apps out there that you love to use! That’s it for now y’all.


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