Graphics: Sara Nilssen Kilen

As the semester comes to an end and summer rapidly approaches, students begin to say goodbye to their friends on Hawk Hill until next semester. Even though students might not see each other for the next few months, in today’s day and age, it is easy to stay in touch through a number of different social media platforms.

We surveyed a number of students and each of them said that they use Snapchat to stay in touch with friends. Instagram, text messages and WhatsApp are also popular among students. However, there are many more apps that students may not know about that they can use to stay connected!


An example of a BeReal posted by a St.Joe’s student. Photo:Mia Messina

BeReal is a photo-sharing app that combines the likes and comments of Instagram, with the disappearing aspect of Snapchat. Users receive a notification at a random point in the day and then have two minutes to “Be real.” The app will take a picture with both the front and back camera and share it with your friends. From there, friends can react using pictures or comments. The photos and reactions only last until the time of the next BeReal before they disappear. This app offers a more candid approach to photosharing and lets you know what your friends are up to each day!


A photo of a Dispo roll of a St.Joe’s student. Photo:Mia Messina

Dispo is another photo-based app that encourages the practice of living in the moment. This app offers a modern twist on a disposable camera, the app’s namesake. Users can take pictures on their phone that will not “develop” on the app until 9:00 a.m. the following morning. From here, users can add photos to albums or “rolls” that can be made public and shared with friends!


A screenshot of the Cappuccino app icon. Photo:Mia Messina

Cappuccino is an audio-based app that allows you to chat with friends in a recorded conversation. Users can create a group and add people to it, allowing each person in the group to add their own audio recordings with fellow members of the group Each audio file that users record is called a “bean” and is “brewed” with the beans that friends add as well. There are also question prompts you can include with your beans for friends to answer. Each day, the beans recorded from the night before will be put together and made available at 8:00 a.m. so that you can listen to them altogether, or you unlock them whenever you please. Either way, you’ll have a freshly brewed podcast-like “Cappuccino” full of fun audio messages between friends.

Photo encouraging students to stay in touch with their friends over the summer. Graphic: Sara Kilen

Next time you pick up the phone to text or Snapchat a friend from St.Joe’s, try one of these apps instead!

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