College Hacks

It is the start of a new semester, and many of us are still getting into a new routine. This past week, I struggled finding my rhythm, adjusting to both morning and night classes and a full course load. ToFullSizeRender make your semester easier, and mine, I have developed a wide-ranging list of college hacks.






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Successful Studying

Stay Organized

  • Keep a planner
  • Make lists and goals
  • Organize materials


  • It will help you stay on top of what needs to get done by the due date.

Minimize Distractions

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Find a place where you can concentrate best.

Drink Lots of Water

  • I always get thirsty when I work, especially if I am in a hot room. Stay hydrated!

Have a Snack

  • It helps you get through long studying sessions.

Take Breaks

  • This is so important. Sometimes it helps to get fresh air, get your mind off work, or get something to eat. Breaks allow your mind rest and recharge.

Listen to White Noise

  • My sister told me about white noise, and to my amazement, it works. White noise is a continuum of frequencies that mask background noise. When I use white noise, it helps me focus. There are also several other types of noises, including pink, brown, and grey-like.

Creative Cafeteria Options

Stir Fry

  • I have seen students make gourmet dishes at the stir fry station. Anything goes.
  • Borrow condiments from the sandwich station for different sauces.
  • Use the salad bar for different vegetable options.


  • Order a sandwich, and then press the sandwich on the stir fry station with a plate.

Bagel Sandwiches

  • For a breakfast sandwich, make an omelet and put it on a bagel.
  • For lunch, instead of choosing bread or wraps from the sandwich line, put your order on a bagel. If you don’t want deli meat from the sandwich line, use rotisserie chicken.
  • To make your salads richer, bring nuts or other fixings that are not at the salad bar to put on your salad.

Apples and Peanut Butter

  • It’s a classic option for an easy snack.

Dorm Room Musts (Besides The Staples)


  • I believe that a Keurig is a staple, but if you don’t have one, you should invest in one.
  • You can make coffee, but you can also make instant oatmeal and ramen by running water through the Keurig.

Pull Out Side Table

  • I use mine everyday, whether if it is to set down my coffee mug or to put my laptop on between my bed and my roommate’s to watch TV.

Dry Erase Boards

  • Write notes.
  • Write your schedule.
  • Stay motivated.

Bed Risers

  • To elevate your bed for storage, use bed risers.

Big Storage Bins

  • Put clothes, books, and/or snacks in bins under your bed for storage and access.

Mattress Topper

  • For a comfier bed and better sleep, use a mattress topper. You will notice the difference.


Wrinkle Releaser

  • It is great for when you don’t have time to iron.

Stain Removers

  • You never know when you’ll need one.

Clorox Wipes

  • Simply stay clean.

Schedule a Day to Do Laundry

  • When you mark a day to do laundry, you will make sure you do laundry before it piles up too much.
Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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