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How to hack your college life: tangled cords, broken sandals and soggy pizza

Life happens. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want, or maybe you’re not ready for what’s about to come along. With this column, we are bringing up a few issues every week college students tend to face and offering you simple life hacks for when Murphy’s Law is looking right at you from the other corner of the ring.

Problem: You love Apple products, but the tangled charger cords and headphones are the actual worst.

Solution: Try placing a spring from a pen where the cord connects to each charger end. You can also use washi tape to help prevent the rubber from separating from the wires.

Problem: It’s Florida, so you live in flip-flops. You’re in college, so you’re perpetually broke. Then, the worst happens -— your sandals break.

Solution: If the thong part of the sandal separated from the sole, you are in luck. Try using a twist tie on the bottom of the shoe where the top part attaches to your sole. The shoe probably broke because the hole got too big. The twist tie will keep the sole and thong together.

Problem: It’s a great morning because you have leftover pizza for breakfast. However, you’re not a fan of cold pizza, and the crust just never tastes the same after you microwave it.

Solution: Try putting a glass of water in the microwave at the same time as the pizza. The water will add moisture to the air and keep the pizza crust from getting chewy as it reheats.

Problem: Your chips are always stale when you go to eat them. You don’t own any chip clips, and why on earth would you bother to go buy some?

Solution: You know those cheap plastic hangers you get when you buy something from Wal-Mart? Break off the clips that are attached to the hanger, and use those to close bags, whether it be chips or cereal. Alternatively, you can use binder clips to close bags in the same way.

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