14 College Life Hacks for the Class of 2014

14 College Life Hacks for the Class of 2014

1)Chewing Gum

Chewing the same flavor of gum during a test that you did studying will improve your memory.

2) Put a blue or black ink cartridge in a red pen.

College is a den of thieves, and people will take your good pens. But no one steals a red pen, they’re useless. So disguise your favorite blue pen in a red case of the same brand.

2) Fake Numbers

If you think someone is giving you a fake number, read it back to them incorrectly. if they correct you  it’s legit.

4) Use Soda Tabs for Better Storage

Try hanging a clothes hanger from another one by hanging a soda tab through the hook. These little tabs can be used in many ingenious ways, so experiment.

5) Use Plastic Cups to Amplify iPhone Volume

Cut two large holes in the sides of plastic cups, large enough to put the cups on either end of a toilet paper roll. Lay the cups on their sides and cut a slit in the top of the roll. Put your phone into the slit and play your music. The cups will amplify it as well as any fancy speaker.

6) Throwing Up

If you know you’re going to throw up, eat some vanilla ice cream. It won’t stop you from vomiting, but it will stop the burning sensation.

7) A Better Ice Pack for Athletes

Soak sponges and freeze them. When you need an ice pack, put one in a ziplock bag. It won’t melt on you like an ice pack.

8) How to Make Taco Shells

Turn a muffin pan upside down. Spray with cooking oil and tuck small corn tortillas in between the bumps. Bake at 375 for ten minutes.

9) Heating Leftovers

In a microwave, clear a space in the middle if possible. the food will heat up more evenly.

10) Brownie in a Mug

Yes, just one brownie. This recipe is ideal for a really quick dessert, as long as you have access to ingredients.

¼ cup of flour

¼ cup of sugar

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of canola oil

3 tablespoons of water

mix all ingredients in a medium sized mug, microwave for 1 minute, 40 seconds, and serve with a scoop of ice cream on top.

11) Deep-Dish Cookie in a Mug

It’s kind of like stacking four chocolate chip cookies on top of each other. And eating them all. No sharing required.

1 tbsp unsalted butter

½ tbsp granulated sugar

½ tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp beaten egg (save the rest for more cookies)

tiny splash vanilla extract

2 ½ tbsp flour

⅛ tsp baking soda

tiny pinch salt

1 tbsp chocolate chips

mix all ingredients in a large mug and microwave for 30-40 seconds, let cool for at least 10 seconds.

12) Ramen in a Coffee Maker

If you don’t have access to a stove while living on campus, invest in a coffee maker for your room. Not only can you make coffee, but use it to boil water and have late night snacks like ramen or instant soup.

13) Quesadilla on an Iron

Again, not having a kitchen stove might seem like it limits snack options, but there are always creative options. Try cooking a quesadilla by ironing it. (Be cautious of what surfaces you use and be aware of fire safety at your school.)

14) Duct Tape Will Fix Anything

Duct tape itself is the ultimate life hack. Keep some handy.