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Mar 21 / Lina Erlingis

Helpful Apps

Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

It’s tough to keep our lives organized while in college because we all have a lot on our plates! An easy way to keep everything straight is by utilizing the many apps available to us on our phones. StudySoup has uploaded an article that picks the top 10 most innovative apps that college students can use to help them be successful. This is a great article that is worth reading if you want some great tips to manage your time, money, and almost anything else going on in your everyday life.

My personal favorite is an app on StudySoup’s list called SelfControl. Basically this app blocks certain sites while you are studying, thereby helping you keep self control! It will keep you focused and help you get your studying done in a more efficient and worthwhile manner.

Another app that I use at least once a week is Venmo. Venmo lets you transfer money to others in a safe way and directly from your bank account. This is great for those situations when the waitress didn’t split the tip and you have to pay your friend back or when you have to pay your roommate for rent or the electric bill each month.

An app I’ve never heard of before but have already downloaded after reading the article is called Brainscape. This app allows you to find flashcard decks for most subjects (even random ones!) when you don’t have time to make your own set. Seems useful for those of us that have a lot to memorize but a short amount of time to do so.

Check out this article to explore even more apps that can help you out:

As always, here are some study materials you should check out:

  1. Study Guide – OTHER
  2. Class Notes – Economics
  3. Class Notes – Chemistry
  4. Class Notes – Art History
  5. Class Notes – Music
  6. Class Notes – Music History
  7. Class Notes – OTHER

Have a great rest of your week!


Mar 13 / Lina Erlingis

Watch Out for College Scams!

Hey all, hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

Did you know there are scams out there that target college students?

It’s so important to stay safe in college, especially online, as we students are constantly on our computers and surfing the web. First of all, while it is important to search for and apply to scholarships, it’s crucial to be aware of the services that seem too good to be true, because many of them are. Some sites will claim to have a great and “easy” to apply for scholarship that fits your criteria and only takes five minutes to apply for, be careful before you enter your information into these sites. Some warning signs include when the site asks for an application fee, they don’t provide any contact information, they request personal financial information, or they claim that they will “Do everything for you”. Please beware of these sites! You don’t want to risk a scam site having access to your personal information.

Another common scam is sites for student loans, a shared necessity for many of us, but a headache all the same. Some websites may offer student loan forgiveness or other incentives such as sweepstakes, gift cards, or offering to pay your loan through a third party. These clauses are unfortunately red flags and sites that offer such things should be avoided. Again, don’t provide them with any personal information until you thoroughly read all conditions.

One other way that students are targeted is through employment scams because students are almost always looking for ways to earn extra cash. Certain things to look for before giving your email address to a site that is offering job opportunities is whether or not they have a LinkedIn page or a legitimate, verified website with contact information.

Just a few more things to be aware of are identity theft scams, rental and roommate scams, online shopping deceptions, and social media scams. A lot of the information I included in this post came from an article on written by Catherine Burns. I highly recommend checking it out for more details! Here is the link:

Lastly, to help you all in your continued studies, I’ve included some links to study materials that might be helpful:


Good luck!



Mar 13 / Lina Erlingis

Hello world!


My name is Lina Erlingis and I’m going to be graduating in May from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I’ll have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Honors College here. In addition to my psychology courses, I’ve taken many other science classes, such as physics, biology and chemistry in order to fulfill medical school application requirements. I’ve also enjoyed a couple philosophy and film classes on the side.

During my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Belo Horizonte, Brazil for just over 6 months where I learned to speak Portuguese and learned about the Brazilian lifestyle- definitely my favorite college experience! I’m also planning one more study abroad before officially leaving Wayne State, this time for about a month this summer in South Korea.

My future goals include attending medical school, specifically an osteopathic school, and even further down the line I hope to become involved with Doctors without Borders. I’m currently studying for the MCAT and will be testing in May and then applying in June. It’s a long journey, but so far, I’ve enjoyed every minute of the pre-med life!

I was introduced to StudySoup, an online learning marketplace, during my sophomore year of college by a classmate. It’s a great way for students to earn some extra spending money by uploading notes for their peers to benefit from. I strongly recommend the site for anyone looking to keep their grades high or raise them to reach your goals!

Good luck with your studies!