Virtual Assistants Make Great Holiday Gifts for Students, Parents

This article originally appeared in our newsletter, CampusChat, on December 3, 2019. If you are not already a subscriber, become one here. Consider it a gift to yourself!

December has just begun and, whether you’re a student or a parent, I bet you’re already feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to do this month. Gifts! Dinners! Applications! Exams! Travel! So what should you do? Make lists, lists, and more lists! It works for Santa, so why not you? 

We all know that making a list is easy; finding it later is the tricky part. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ended up at the grocery store without a list and came home with salsa when what I really needed was milk. 

Everyone Can Have An Assistant

Between my phone and Amazon’s Echo devices, I am rarely away from technology. But I’ve learned that embracing the 21st century can actually be a help. I now let Siri and Alexa  (Alexa is the software that runs on Amazon’s Echo Smart Speaker) serve as my virtual assistants. 

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How cool is that? You don’t have to be a CEO to have an assistant. Everyone can benefit from a little virtual help. From adding appointments to my calendar to reminding me to call the vet, to yes, adding items to my grocery list, the list of lists they can make is pretty awesome. There are even Christmas Gift List apps that interface with Alexa. In fact, your college student away at school can share lists with you if you have the same virtual assistants.

So, the next time you need to remember an errand or a deadline, just say: 

“Alexa, remind me to pick up the dry cleaning.”

“Siri, add to calendar, Tuesday, December 10 at 8 am, English exam.”

Hmm, wonder if Santa uses Alexa??

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