Hello fellow FCHD grad students! Being a student has its perks. We mostly make our own hours, our families don't expect much interaction from us, places give us discounts on food, we get to see each other around campus, and we get to learn from our amazing professors. It's a good life.
Well, there are a few reasons being a student is even more awesome now than ever before and those reasons all center around technology. I've found a few free software downloads and resources that may be able to relieve some stress, especially since we need these programs for much of our coursework.
Microsoft Office 365
Did you know that students can now download and use Microsoft Office 365 for free? You can now! Visit Office.com/GetOffice365 for more info or to download. You can keep Office (which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) on your computer for free for as long as you are a student. You may download either the PC or Mac versions of Office.
SPSS and SAS
As students we can access SPSS or SAS through University servers from where ever we want. If you're visiting family for the holidays, but your major professor needs you to run a quick multivariate regression even though you only have statistical software on your office computer, on campus, three states away, there's no reason to have an anxiety attack and drop out of school. Go to apps.usu.edu to access the University servers (through Citrix Receiver) and use SPSS, SAS, and others. It does take a little work to find the files you want to work from once you're in, but it's completely doable. This works for both PC's and Macs.
Cloud storage restraints got you down? Maxed out Dropbox? There are two solutions. Google now offers unlimited storage for students. You can access your bottomless Drive through aggiemail. The University has made a deal with Box.com and students and faculty now have up to 100 GB of free storage available through Box.com. Learn more about setting up your Box account here: Box@USU FAQ
If you know of any other great tools for your fellow students, let us know in the comments or post on our Facebook page.
Have a safe day!