Mac Apps for UNT Students

College isn’t all fun and UPC Events, although we wish it were. There are actual classes with actual work to be done. Don’t panic though, this list of Mac applications that can help supercharge your productivity and help made college easier for you and all UNT Students.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus
By being a UNT student you get the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus software suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Messenger) for free. You also get 50 GB of storage shared with mailbox on OneDrive. You can keep all your documents, spreadsheets and presentations properly formatted and synced across the cloud so they are readily available for you when you need to present or share with a group member. Also there’s other obvious uses for this software, from class to your clubs, it’s a total necessity.
Cost: Free

Blackboard
A large number of UNT classes use Blackboard. With this app, you’ll have quick access to your class syllabi, assignment due dates, and discussion boards. It’s great for quick reference, checking your grades, or responding to a post on the bus. The pop-up notifications also let you know when your professors are posting important information, like assignments and grades.
Cost: Free

Photomath
The UNT Math Lab is a fantastic resource for getting help with your homework, but it unfortunately isn’t available 24 hours a day. For when they are closed this app can scan your math problem and provide you not only with a solution, but the steps to get there.
Cost: Free

Tunity
Can’t hear the TVs in the Syndicate Lounge or on Denton’s famous Fry Street? It’s not a problem. Tunity is a free app that streams TV audio to your smartphone. Tunity allows you to instantly hear any muted TV right on your mobile device. So, now when you go out and wanna know what is going on while you’re eating, you can.
Cost: Free

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Yes, you probably already have this app, but cheaper is always better. With your UNT.edu e-mail address, you can same some money and enjoy a 50% student discount on Spotify’s premium service. $5 a month x 12 months= $60. That’s a lot of yearly savings, just for being a student.
Cost: Free or Discounted Student Price

Cymbal
Described as the Instagram for music, the app syncs with your Spotify and SoundCloud accounts and allows you to share your song of the moment.
Cost: Free

DuoLingo
Learning a foreign language for class or just for fun? DuoLingo is the app for you. Sharpen your second, or third, language skills for free. DuoLingo can also be used as a study tool for your language classes! It’s a great tool, no matter how you use it.
Cost: Free

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on’t want to carry around a set of 3 x 5 cards? Want be a little greener? Cram is the app for you. Cram allows you to create a digital set of flashcards. Prep for your exam by creating flashcards customised to your class.
Cost: Free

Save Money at UNT Pocket Points
Need to break yourself of the habit of fidgeting with your phone when you be focusing on classwork? Pocket Points is the app for you. Pocket Points incentives you by giving you rewards for not using your phone. Rewards are in the form of discounts to local businesses like Crooked Crust and Pita Pit.
Cost: Free

Mint
Mint come from Intuit, the makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks, and is designed to help you keep track of spending and keep you on a budget. You can plug in all of your banks, investments, retirement funds, credit cards, and other financial accounts to quickly give you a complete picture of your financial health, or lack thereof. For more help with your finances, check out the free services and events at the Student Money Management Center in Chestnut Hall.
Cost: Free

F.lux
The retina screens on Macs are amazing! Studies show however that certain kings of light late a night can affect your sleep cycle. Remedy this with an app that mirrors sunlight for that particular time of day. Using f.lux might actually help you sleep better.
Cost: Free

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There are plenty of scanners available for free in UNT Computer labs around campus, but if don’t need something super high quality or just really fast, this free app is definitely an upgrade to taking a picture of it with your camera.
Cost: Free

Creative Cloud
The Adobe is the industry standard. Whether you’re a CVAD student, RTV student, or just have a passion for design, the Creative Suite is for you. It’s the most expensive item on this list, but it’s much less expensive than paying the full retail price or taking a gamble and torrenting it. (Side Note: It’s not a good idea to torrent on campus.)
Cost: Discounted Subscription for Students

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Worried about the dreaded freshmen 15? The Pohl Recreation Center on campus is something you’re already paying for with your student fees whether you use it or not, but exercise if only half of the equation. This app can help you decide if you can really afford that 3rd cookie.
Cost: Free

If you need an new Apple device for these cool apps, The Mainframe not only has a UNT students discount, but it is located on campus in room 214 of the University Union. Stop by and find the device that’s right for you.

Why Students Need To Get More Sleep

Alright UNT, we know that school is exhausting, but how many of you actually get your recommended eight hours of sleep a night? Most people, not just college students struggle with catching enough Zzzs. Here are some important facts about sleep and some important tips about how to get more or better quality sleep.

During the day:

Get exercise

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Working out during the day will give you more energy (YAY ENDORPHINS) and make you more tired by night-time. The Rec Center offers a wide variety of exercise machines and even group exercise classes, but if you can’t fit that into your busy day, at least try to devotes some time to walking or biking  around campus. Try to get your exercise in before dark, or you may have trouble winding down before bed.

Go out in the sun

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Vitamin D exposure is good for you, but the sun also helps your circadian clock know when it’s day and when it’s night. Getting out in the sun is not only good for you.

Check out our Pinterest

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On Pinterest, The UNT Union has lots of nutrition tips, including those about getting more sleep.

At night:

Meditate

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UNT’s new union will feature a meditation room, but until then, try to get your OMMMS in before bed to help relax your mind and help you calm down for a restful night of sleep.

Turn down your AC

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Colder temperatures have been shown to help lull you to sleep, so just before bed, try to get your thermostat down between 70 and 65 degrees for maximum Zzzs.

Avoid caffeine before bedtime

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Some experts say that insomniacs or others who struggle sleeping shouldn’t drink caffeine after noon, but most college students might find that a little daunting. Instead, limit your caffeine after 5 or 6, if possible, and it might help you fall asleep around a normal time, instead of keeping you wired till the wee hours of the morning.

Put away your electronics

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This is asking a lot of millenials who love to lay in bed with their phones, but all that technology can be really stimulating and actually keep you awake instead of help you fall asleep. We know it sounds crazy, but put your phone and other electronics away at lest 30 minutes before you go to sleep, that way your mind is as relaxed as you are.

Don’t drink before bed

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Seriously. While alcohol may make you sleepy, it disrupts REM sleep, which you REALLY need if you want to wake up feeling rested.

Getting enough sleep can help you:

Get better grades

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8+ hours of sleep can help your memory and help you retain all that you study. So, instead of staying up all night cramming, study before bed, get lots of sleep, and then re-visit your notes when you wake up. You’ll remember a lot more that way, and you won’t be grouchy.

Lose weight

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People who sleep more eat less. Also, being tired can create cravings for unhealthy foods like sugar and caffeinated beverages. Instead, get more sleep so you won’t want all of those nasty food additives.

Be happier

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Lack of sleep can lead to depression. If you are having these issues and more sleep isn’t making it better, please make an appointment with our counseling services. If not, hopefully some extra shut eye will keep you happy and healthy.

Hopefully these tips will help you feel a little more rested. If not, Club Willis is open 24/7, so you can always get some extra studying done instead. 😉

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Social Media Assistant

Hi Everyone, my name is Anacely Ledezma and I’ve recently been hired as one of the two new Social Media Assistants for the University Union.  I transferrred  to UNT two years ago and it has been one of my best decisions to date.  I am a senior, currently pursuing a Bachelors/Masters degree in Accounting.  I’m really active in the UNT Greek Community and a proud sister of  Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.  Most recently, I held the roles of VP of Internal Relations for the Multicultural Greek Council and VP of Entity Operations for my chapter.   I have a couple years left at UNT and I’m looking forward to the many more memories to come.

The Union Master Plan Project is a huge endeavor that the University is participating in and I plan to use my prior marketing skills to assist in the completion of their objectives.  The Union sought out social media assistants to make sure students could become aware of the new changes being planned and ensure everyone’s opinion could be heard.  One of my major roles will be to promote the Union as a key location to participate in campus activities, leisure events, and so much more.  Over the next few months,  Brett and I will be keeping students informed of  what is happening.

I am now partially responsible for exposing the Union to the more than 36,000 students at the university.  I’m excited beyond words and really look forward to the challenge to come.