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The 10 Best College/High School Life Hacks Ever

The 10 Best College/High School Life Hacks Ever

By Alicia Thomas

Whether you're in high school, college, or lounging around your parents' house eating Cheetos in a Snuggie while watching Netflix, life can be hard. So really, you should do everything you can to make life NOT hard. Just by utilizing these simple, "why-didn't-I-ever-think-of-that?!" tips, you could make your life in college, high school, or that dashing Snuggie so much easier.

Issue #1: Your room is clean, but it smells super gross. (Or, your roommate smells really gross.)
Life Hack: Tape yummy-smelling dryer sheets to your AC vent or fan, then turn it on. Now even if your room IS super gross, it will smell fresh and clean, like those awkward Febreze commercials where people think they're in a flowery meadow when they're really in a dumpster.

Issue #2: Your phone's charging cord is too short, so it doesn't reach your bed, and you REALLY REALLY want to keep playing Candy Crush until you slowly drift off to sleep.
Life Hack: Tape your power strip (that long thingy with a bunch of electrical outlets) to the side of your night stand. Boom. Phone is now within reach. Along with anything else you want to plug in. (That would be a good place for a night light, amiright?)

Issue #3: You're parched and want to begin studying, but you can't quench your thirst (for a drink or for knowledge) because your beverage of choice is room temperature.
Life Hack:
 Wrap the can or bottle in a damp paper towel and place it in the fridge for 15 minutes. It will be chilled to perfection, and you will thirst no more.

Issue #4: Your room is SO. FREAKING. HOT. AND STUFFY. You don't even have a fan or an AC vent. You're slowly melting.
Life Hack: Hang a quasi-wet towel in front of an open window to cool things down.

Issue #5: You want to try that free premium trial of Netflix/Amazon/Seventeen/whatever other site or magazine it may be, but you know that you're going to forget to cancel the subscription and end up getting charged a boatload.
Life Hack: Get a cheap Visa Gift Card, then submit the card number on that for your free trial. No worrying about crazy fees!

Issue #6: You really want breakfast, but you don't have a lot of time. (Or a stove. Or cooking skills.)
Life Hack: Make scrambled eggs in a mug in your microwave! Just spray the mug with some cooking grease, crack two eggs into it, then add whatever fixin's you'd like (I suggest shredded cheese) and a bit of milk. Microwave it for 45 seconds, take out the mug and stir, then microwave for 45 more seconds. Take it out, stir, and you're ready to om-nom-nom some breakfast! Most important meal of the day, so don't forget it.

Issue #7: You want to play music, but you don't have any speakers.
Life Hack: Put your phone or mp3 player in a glass bowl and it will serve as an amplifier! You never have to miss out on a dance party again.

Issue #8: You're stressed/cranky/unproductive/forgetful/have writer's block/don't feel creative.
Life Hack: TAKE A NAP. Sleep is the best thing you can do for your body and mind, so get a lot of it - and if you don't have time to get a lot of it, make up for that with power naps.

Issue #9: You've got crumbs and dust and yucky stuff making the keys stick on your computer.
Life Hack: Clean out the gunk with the sticky end of a post-it note to get your keyboard squeaky clean.

Issue #10: You want to wear your cute new shoes but they aren't broken in yet... and even though wearing them is the way to break them in, you can't face the blisters.
Life Hack: Put on your thickest pair of socks, then put on the shoes you want to break in. Grab your hairdryer, turn it on, and aim it at the tightest parts of the shoes. Wiggle your toes and feet around as you point the dryer at them, then turn the dryer off. Keep the shoes on while they cool, then when you take them off, they should be all stretched out. Voilà!

 

Topics: Life, The SparkNote to You
Tags: annoying things, college, lists, dorms, life hacks

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Alicia Thomas

Alicia Thomas is a novelist trapped in a college student's body. She was just accepted to La Universidad de Sevilla, so she'll be traveling and eating tapas for a while. She likes words. And tea. And you. Yes, you.

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