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Life Hacks for College Students

From the Eyes of a Senior

As a senior in college, I have gained some experience in learning what to do and what not to do as a student. This is especially so because I am a six-year senior and FINALLY graduating this semester. Some of the best hacks I have discovered are anywhere from basic hygiene to saving money and I bet they could help you, too.

For personal hygiene, there are so many different things you can do to keep yourself healthy. If you are the type of student that has to be on campus all day, bring mouthwash (or even your toothbrush/toothpaste)! Being able to brush your teeth can really change your mood drastically. You aren't worrying about that piece of broccoli from your salad being stuck in your teeth or your breath smelling bad when you're talking to your crush. Also, bring gum to chew on during class. I always like to chew whitening gum because I like to think it kills germs, gives me fresh breath, and whitens my teeth!

Along with being on campus for long periods of time, you might find yourself in the library for a late-night study session. If that seems to be the case and you wear contacts, bring eye drops for when they start to get dry! Glasses get in the way and can give you a rough headache if you are trying to read or do homework with them. Don't forget to stand up and either stretch or walk around occasionally to get your blood flowing. While you are walking around, you can see all the books that you need for classes. Which brings up my next hack: CHEGG. Chegg is my lifesaver when it comes to buying books at very reasonable prices. For example, one of my books this semester was going to cost $414 at the bookstore. I found it on Chegg for $23 to rent for the semester. Talk about deals! Some bookstores will price match, though, so you can always look into that!

With all that money being spent on books, it is definitely worth talking about how you can save money. You don't need to buy Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts every day. Invest in a Keurig for your house or apartment and make your own coffee. You will save so much money. Just think, your coffee is about $3-$4. If you get just one a day, that's already $15-$20 a week you're losing out on. In a single month, thats $60-$80! Another big topic for college students: alcohol. Go buy something from the store and drink it at home. It is going to cost more upfront, but it will last longer. If you do this, you won't have to spend nearly as much money at the bar. Lastly, don't waste all your money on sushi (I did this a few semesters ago). Yes, it is fantastic, but use that money to buy healthy food from the store and cook at home. It is time-consuming, but it is rewarding to know you can cook for yourself.

One of the biggest hack-categories that can be discussed is how to destress yourself. There are so many different ways (I will eventually make a post discussing how many different ways there are), but for now, I will say what my favorite activities are to destress. First of all, go to the gym. You can lift weights, do cardio, or take a class. Some classes include yoga, spinning, and kickboxing. All of these help to get all those bad feelings out and any stress that you might have. While you're doing these, listen to music! Music is my go-to outlet for every feeling that I have. It can change your mood instantly. It's on in the car, my walk to/from class, and when I workout. You can also hang out with your friends and watch movies or go to the bars with them. They have an ear for you to vent if you need it, but they are always down to have a good time with you. Don't overeat, though, when you do these things. Overeating can make you even more stressed out because you can gain weight or breakout (ugh, such a delicate balance). Most importantly, get enough sleep. Don't pull all-nighters and don't go to bed at 2 AM expecting to be able to get up at 7 AM for your 8 AM class. It just doesn't happen and will make you feel worse.

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