Student Voices: A High-Schooler’s Perspective App Recommendation: Pinterest

You may not know it yet, but if you’re reading this and you’re a student, this worldwide and intriguing application is going to be the next big thing to have on your smartphones. Because of its interactive interface and informative content, there won’t be anywhere else to get your inspiration and graphics rather than Pinterest. And in this blog article, I’ll be telling you why.

What it is: As a student, you must be looking for inspiration, ideas, motivation, and/or energy when it comes to studying. I can assure you right now that it’s not even strictly for studying, but rather for your other productive and proactive activities that you like to do in your free time. Pinterest is just the app for you, and almost everyone else around you. Pinterest is a graphic-sharing website that sometimes links to different sites (such as the well-known Tiktok or the productive Canva) and contains pictures, videos, and GIFs to provide information and entertainment to its users, whose active numbers have reached to 345 million as of November 2020. People of all ages use the site, but the most common range goes to the 18-24-year-olds, who create a whopping 38% on the scale of users. The minimum required age rating for users is 13-year-olds to provide a safe, secure, and responsible community and considered usage, but parental controls are accesible. All media that is provided (which are strictly images, videos, and GIFs) are strictly monitored by the managers and developers of the site, ensuring that you or anyone else will not be faced with disturbing or out-of-topic images. The use of artificial intelligence when it comes to the provisions and suggestive media is another thing to consider, ensuring that whatever pops up in your timely feed will be worth your time to see.

Why you should install it: Like aforementioned, if you’re missing out on brain qualities such as motivation and ideas, Pinterest is where you should head to as soon as possible. Examples of things that you can do with Pinterest include but, of course, are not limited to: mood boards (which could help you express your emotions more clearly), design ideas (which you could take inspiration from when creating graphics for your school), life hacks (which could help your life generally or specifically, depending on what you need help with), and many more! I, as a student, find it incredibly useful as it’s a more productive alternative to other social media. It also makes use of interactivity between users, such as the followers-and-following that many other apps use, the likes and commenting that create happier and more intuitivity, the posting of original media that you could share with the Pinterest community, and others. It’s free on any downloading platform, but if you don’t have enough space or just don’t want to, you can always just use the website version, which is basically the same. I’ve noticed that, since installing it seven or eight months ago, I’ve been able to be more productive with my academic and personal works, specifically when writing or creating different things. I hand most of the credit to Pinterest, which fills me with ideas that I modify and share with my friends so they can do the same.

Is it safe: Would I be recommending an application if it wasn’t safe? To answer your question, it is definitely safe, and safer than the other social media because you don’t really post your pictures here. The community’s here for the ideas and the productivity; if you wanted to share your personal pictures you can head over to Instagram or whatever. It’s extremely safe, but it’s always important to be careful. As I said earlier, you can link other sites externally (a feature to help engage people in reading their articles, watch their videos, or paint their own pictures) but so far, I have never encountered anything dangerous or unsafe.

There. I’ve given you a full basic overview of what Pinterest is, why you should download it, and why it is safe. You can go do so right now, so go do so right now! There’s a high chance that I’ll be doing this “App Recommendation” for many other apps, but I really wanted to start with this in order to share the incredibility of my productivity on this app. Until next blog now! —

Jon Zaccary C. Regala, Grade 10

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed is an Undergraduate Ambassador for StEPS who recently graduated from Warwick Business School with a BSC in Management. Prior to that, he completed his A Levels at the prestigious Aitchison College. During his time at the University of Warwick, Shayan cherished the vibrant campus life and considered it his home for the past three years, leaving behind fond memories as he moves on to new endeavors.

Faiza Omar

Faiza Omer

Faiza Omer has a Masters in Finance from Punjab University. She is a highly experienced Communication Coordinator with excellent leadership and project management skills. She is skilled in crafting engaging content for various platforms and managing internal and external communications. Faiza has received several certificates and awards, demonstrating her proficiency in teamwork, customer service, and administrative expertise. As Communication Coordinator at StEPS, she successfully leads and manages multiple client projects. Prior to this, she worked at DNATA Emirates Group, providing passenger services and coordinating flight operations.

Rida Fatima

Rida Fatima

With experience in education management and administration, Rida takes the lead in handling university applications and follow-up protocols.

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed, Senior Advisor, Professional Development and Transnational Education.Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed has over twenty years of visionary experience in initiating and leading educational initiatives with tangible outcomes, creating international linkages, and providing development opportunities for Pakistani youth under the country’s vision 2025. He has been involved in various government and foreign-funded projects, including monitoring research and development projects in IT and engineering.

As an Advisor and Consultant at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he managed programs aimed at increasing the number of PhD faculty, providing scholarships for students, and fostering collaboration with foreign universities. Additionally, he oversaw the monitoring of research and development projects and played a key role in policy development for higher education institutions. He established collaboration with  more than 30 international foreign universities and organizations. He played a significant role in launching and overseeing scholarship programs and initiatives related to information and communication technology.

He also served as an Advisor International Linkages at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology Haripur, he had engaged in obtaining charter for Institute from HEC and PEC.

In his role as General Manager Monitoring/Projects at the National ICT R&D Funds (IGNITE), he monitored numerous technical projects funded by academia and local industry.

Mr. Hashmi obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering Technology Lahore. He also holds MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, from the University of Louisville Kentucky USA, and a Ph.D. (in progress) in Transport Engineering University of Hasselt Belgium.

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz is an internationally experienced consultant with over 25 years of proven track record with comprehensive experience of advising corporate, higher education, consulting and training institutions.

Zeeshan leads the business development, international brand building and student recruitment initiative in the region for StEPS partner institutes.

Zeeshan has extensive experience in corporate strategy and development in Europe, Middle East and Asia, working in a range of industries with extensive involvement in Green-Field and Public & Private partnership development projects.

Which provides a unique platform with in-depth knowledge of the global job market to advice on career growth and educational pathways for professionals and students.

After primary education from Smedstad School in Oslo, Norway, he pursued higher education from Norway, Pakistan and UK in Computer Science with Business Management followed by MBA specialising in marketing.

He is a UK certified Clinical Therapist and British Council certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT).

Saima Asghar Riaz

Saima is a TESOL qualified Warwick Alumna, with over two decades of experience in student counseling, teaching, teacher training, and English language assessment. She has been representing her alma mater for international student admissions since 1998, and has successfully supported hundreds of students with their university, scholarship and job applications globally. As a certified DiSC and ‘How Women Rise’ coach, she supports professionals in bringing about workplace improvements through behavioral change.

Saima is a British Council trained and certified IELTS professional and has taught English at The University of Warwick, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Kinnaird College for Women, and the Virtual University of Pakistan. She has trained educational professionals at Kinnaird College, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and the Ali Institute of Education, and has been a consultant trainer for the Punjab Judicial Academy for development of soft skills of district judiciary and judicial staff of the Lahore High Court.

With extensive experience in education management and administration, Saima has been the Founding Director for the Directorate of Faculty Development & Internationalisation (DFDI) at LCWU, and successfully launched a Faculty Development Centre as well as Pakistan’s first university-level mandatory Citizenship programme in collaboration with the British Council. She was thus responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and research capability of Asia’s largest women’s university, creating linkages with local and international partners, enabling students in social entrepreneurship projects, and raising the university profile on an international academic platform.

She is a member of the board of Advisors at the Pakistani Schools in Fujairah and Ras Alkhaimah and of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital Lahore.