Make the Most of Pokémon Go on Campus
In the last few weeks, Pokémon Go has absolutely exploded as arguably the most popular smartphone application out there. Reportedly, it has even beat out Candy Crush with the most daily active users, coming in at more than 21 million users on a daily basis, compared to Candy Crush’s 20 million. Apparently, the Pokémon Go app has even beat out downloads of Tinder on the Android platform—which is a feat in itself.
What makes the app so popular, though? Probably the fact that it brings people outdoors to walk around, and uses augmented reality to let you capture Pokémon in real world settings. You have to hunt down Pokémon around your community, hitting up landmarks and exploring the area. Not only is it inventive and fun, but it’s pretty cool, too.
You might be one of the millions of people who have jumped on the Pokémon Go bandwagon, or at the very least, you’ve probably seen the hoards of people with their phones held out in front of them, swiping madly on their screens to catch a Pidgey. Either way, here are a few ways you can make the most of your Pokémon Go experience, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out.
Use the app to meet other people on campus.
If you’re new to campus, meeting people can be difficult, and feeling isolated is a natural thing for a lot of new students. Instead of sitting alone and swiping through Tinder or BumbleBFF, get outside and find some Pokémon. More than likely, you’ll run into a few other people doing exactly the same thing, and immediately have something in common with them. Join up and hunt some Pidgeys and Eevees together! Look for PokeGyms on campus, or spots where many Pokémon seem to pop up—think populated and busy areas, like the student union or library. Find some new friends!
Raise money for homeless pets while playing.
Charitable app Walk for a Dog by WoofTrax allows you to earn money for animal organizations just by taking walks. So, since Pokémon Go requires you to get out of the house and walk around, you might as well make some money for needy animals while you’re at it! Download Walk for a Dog before you go catch some Pokémon. It will run in the background and track your walk while you go. If you have a dog, take him with you! Getting outdoors and exercising is great for you and your furry friend.
Set fitness goals.
If you have a FitBit or other fitness tracker, use Pokémon Go as a way of meeting the fitness goals you set for yourself. Set step or activity goals and use the app to get out there and get it done. Go for a walk around campus and catch some Pokémon while working up a sweat. Or, if your campus rec center happens to be a PokéStop or PokéGym, hop on the treadmill and battle some Pokémon while you work out.
Find or make your school’s hashtag.
Check your social media platforms to see if your school has an ongoing Pokémon Go hashtag that you can follow and contribute to. People might already be posting photos and locations of PokéGyms and PokéStops, as well as highly populated areas with lots of Pokémon to catch. If you don’t see an ongoing hashtag, start one!