This is such a cool little tool. It is amazing to me to think that I now have in one credit card slot..a pen, a nail file, tweezers, scissors, a knife, and a toothpick. Each item is very easy to remove and use, yet fits firmly back into its slot when you are done. I was very surprised at how rugged each little piece was for being small enough to fit in a credit card sized space. This credit card sized tool kit will come in handy for so many basic needs when I am out and about. I received this credit card tool at a discounted rate for my honest and unbiased review but that does not affect my opinion of it. I am very happy with this tool and it will become a permanent addition to my wallet and I am sure will come in handy on many occasions. I would definitely recommend it as a college cheat code.

-Brett Arlington, Tufts

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Whether it’s from Urban or Michael Kors, a small cross body bag is essential for going out. Make sure it’s big enough to hold the essentials, like your cell phone, lipstick, and room key. It’s never fun when you accidentally leave your phone in a frat bathroom because you were holding onto it all night. Plus, it adds a dressier look to any outfit! I got mine here, but a trip to the mall works too!

-Marissa Brookestone, University of Georgia

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My roommate Kacey and I have always considered ourselves fairly free spirited for our conservative Catholic College. By free spirited, I mean we will occasionally go to a party, we watch the Daily show, and we both sleep in the nude.
The first month was a dream come true. We got along great, and my privates never felt so liberated. But the story takes a dark turn on a cold November night, the night of the fire drill. Kacey and I went to bed at 11:30, right after our boy Jon Stewart caught us up on the fake news that day. 12:00 rolls around and we hear that shriek alarm. Frantically, both of us ran out of the building in tank tops and undies…and end up waiting with the guys next door. The lesson is, you don’t want to get caught without a bra during a fire alarm. I realized far too late that our nipples stuck out like the statue of liberty. We’ve never lived down the embarrassment. But we learned from it. We both bought one of these bathrobes, and keep it under our beds. Now we live the perfect life of nightly nudity, and we pray for the next fire drill so we can stroll out of the building looking like a couple of Disney Princesses.

-Samantha McGill, Nebraska Lincoln

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I usually spot at least a dozen thongs or bra straps throughout the day. I am not sure if it is because some girls are wearing leggings that are too see-through or thongs that are to bright, but either way it needs to be stopped. As for the bra straps, the rule in the fashion world is to wear the same color bra as your shirt so that way the straps blend in better. I’ll be the first to admit that yes, I have once or twice worn a colored bra under a white shirt. But because I am in college, I guess that means I have the right to not care.

Yet especially when it comes to yoga pants or tights, match it up with a thong or better yet, nothing at all

-Marissa Brookestone, University of Georgia

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Few young men ever have the need for a suit before they leave college, and even then, their first suits are likely to be purchased off-the-rack in department stores, with “tailoring” consisting only of hemming the pants. They simply don’t know how much they don’t know.

So, to all those men, young and old, who want to know what they’re doing when looking in a three-way mirror and examining themselves in a suit, here are the tailoring basics that you should know.

Start with the shoulders. The edge of the padding in the shoulders in the jacket should not extend beyond your shoulders. If it does, the jacket’s too big. Waist: If you have one, so should your jacket. Many off the rack suit jackets are not tapered at the waist, so your tailor will have to make this adjustment for you. Sleeves should break just at the wrist and allow a little bit of shirt cuff to show.

When you return to the store to pick up your suit, try it on again, stand in front of the 3-way mirror and look for final adjustments. It is exceedingly rare for me to accept a suit after its initial tailoring effort, especially if multiple adjustments were made.

The suit should fit perfectly. It should lay flat across your chest, should button comfortably without any indication of pull across your waist and should have no visible bulges or ripples in the fabric. This can make a $100 suit look better than a $3000 one on its best day. For more info, just visit your local tailor. They’re generally happy to talk to new customers.

-James, College cheat codes

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Although your Tory Burch flats might go perfectly with your little black dress, ditch them and go for a cheap pair of flats from target. Sticky floors and hundred dollar shoes never pair well. It’s worth it to buy a few pairs of less expensive shoes versus having to scrub your suede Steve Maddens the next morning. Plus you don’t wanna be the poor girl stumbling home from frat row in 4 inch stilettos.

-Marissa Brookestone, University of Georgia

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If there’s one piece of clothing I wore the most my freshman year it would be my tight black skirt from Forever 21 (Or here for cheaper). Under $10, this piece pairs with so many different tops and shoes, you can’t go wrong! Dress it up with a statement necklace or dress down with a patterned crop top. The classic black skirt will never go out of style.

-Marissa Brookestone, University or Georgia

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A paracord bracelet is not only stylish, but very useful. I’m a college student and an EMS worker, and I deployed my bracelet for the first time yesterday. When a 16 year old fell over 60 feet from a waterfall and landed on a rocky outcropping, my department was dispatched to respond. I hiked in with the engine and rescue companies to begin treating the patient, who suffered serious injury and required chest decompression in the field. While the high angle rescue team was setting up to hoist the patient out, we used my survival bracelet to help shuttle medical equipment to the patient’s side. A fantastic product that performed exactly as I expected. Crazy story, glad I had this thing.

-Patrick Mayhew, Madison Technical College

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In the sneaker game, even the most expensive of shoes look awful it they’re not taken care of. That’s why you gotta get a sneaker cleaning kit. Your shoes will last 5x as long, and they’ll look better their whole life. If you really care about your shoes, you want them to have a good life.
Personally I use Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner, but everyone has their own preferences. Sneaker on, fellow sneakerheads.

-Leroy Michaels, Johns Hopkins

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Whether you’re skiing in Aspen or going back to the 80s, theme parties are a college favorite. Pack up your old Halloween costumes, neon spandex, and cheetah leggings because you never know when you’re going to need them. There’s nothing like feeling prepared and in the spirit of the party. Your friends will thank you later!

-Marissa Brookestone, University of Georgia

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Socks are lube for pants.
Think about it.

-Jeff, School of Hard Knox

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