Life hacks for the college student

College kids like to have fun, but sometimes they have to be inventive. When it comes down to it, we all try to be inventive and come up with those little tricks to make tasks easier. From tapping on the lid of a jar to loosen the seal when trying to open it to the old poverty-based habit of hand-me-down clothes and reusing toys with passing stuff on to the next generation there is quite a list of time, effort, and money-saving tips that can make your life infinitesimally easier. The following is an ongoing list of life hacks for use in your everyday lives.

  1. Drinking a cold glass of water in the morning will wake you up faster than a cup of coffee.
  2. To increase your chances of landing a killer job, reach out as much and as often as you can.
  3. Do you need a sticker or tape removed from something? Are you tired of that smudged and sticky residue? Spray something containing alcohol, like perfume or cologne, on it and then wipe it away.
  4. Do you have a lecture or movie you have to watch for an assignment and you’re short on time? Try watching it sped up by 1.5 to twice as fast, it may sound like they’ve been sucking helium, but it’s understandable after you adapt.
  5. Give yourself time to cool down before reacting via email or other electronic communication. You don’t want to make important mistakes.
  6. Pedialyte is the ultimate cure for hangovers, yeah.
  7. By owning a cat, you are less likely to suffer from a heart attack. They can be especially affectionate and comforting in times of stress.
  8. You can make cheap wine a little bit better by giving it a quick whiz in the blender. This aerates the wine and gives it a smoother flavor, but don’t expect a miracle.
  9. You can instantly get rid of static cling in clothes by attaching a safety pin somewhere discreet.
  10. Getting no message at all IS a message.
  11. 3 Simple rules to follow. 1: If you do not go after what you want, you will definitely never have it. 2: If you do not ask the answer is always no. 3: If you do not step forward you will always be in the same place.
  12. If you were able to believe in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, or any mythological being for any amount of time, you can believe in yourself long enough to accomplish any reasonable task.
  13. Are you writing an essay? Try reading it aloud, or even better have someone else read it aloud to you. Hearing it makes it easier to pick out mistakes.
  14. Surround yourself with and befriend the types of people you want to emulate. All animals subconsciously adopt habits displayed in the more successful members of their social groups. It is a natural means of evolution that exists among every creature.
  15. Smoking one cigarette interferes with your body’s natural processes for up to two weeks!
  16. Confidence is NOT believing someone will like or approve of you. Instead, confidence IS believing that it doesn’t matter. Know your own worth and acknowledge what you are skilled at.
  17. Put unused tea bags in your smelly gym clothes or shoes and leave them overnight. This will absorb much of the smell, allowing one more day between doing laundry.
  18. If you have to pay a company or “invest” capital with them in order to work for them, it is a scam. You don’t have to pay money to make money.
  19. When someone borrows something from you, take a picture of them with it with your cell phone, that way you can easily recall later.
  20. Too much stress literally causes your brain to freeze, shutdown, and malfunction.
  21. Drinking MODERATE amounts of alcohol can enhance your creative writing, but beware too much alcohol can make your writing incoherent.
  22. Put old newspapers in the bottom of empty trash bags. These absorb any “juices” from the garbage and make trash removal cleaner.
  23. You need motivation only until a habit is formed; at that point, routine kicks in.
  24. Hang out with people who make you forget to check your phone.
  25. Don’t trust everything you see, remember salt looks just like sugar.
  26. Taking notes on the computer? Use a strange font, but one you are able to read. Studies have shown the uniqueness of its appearance will hotwire your brain to store it.
  27. Sarcasm aids mental fitness and is actually a sign of a healthy mind. It is proven as an effective means to combat stress, depression, and emotional frustration, but it is also a glaring symptom of depression.
  28. SEX, okay got your attention. With loads of health benefits, sex can cure a stuffy nose, work against asthma, and alleviate hay fever symptoms. So there’s that.
  29. Life tip: if a headline tells you how you should feel about it, it is probably fake or misleading in nature.
  30. Are you writing a big academic paper? Don’t end your writing session at the end of a paragraph, instead stop mid-thought so you can pick up your flow again.
  31. Life tip: if you have to yell during an argument or debate, you have already lost.
  32. Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.
  33. Back in school? Take your class syllabi at the beginning of each semester and add assignment dates to your calendar or day planner. This will make completing assignments in the coming term on time easier.
  34. A majority of the problems in your life are caused by one of two things: either you acted without thinking or you thought without acting.
  35. Writing down your fears about an exam before taking it can help you pass it.
  36. Poor college student tip: while Ramen Noodles are cheap, potatoes are cheaper, have more nutritional value, and keep you fuller longer.
  37. To be continued…

 

Tim Myers

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