7 skills you need in college

1. Ironing

One of the most notorious aspects of college life are the small dorm rooms and the even smaller closets. Since you’ll likely have to get creative when you’re trying to store your wardrobe, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to iron a shirt or two at some point, especially if you have to dress classy for a formal event or job interview. It’s a little tedious to explain how to iron, plus it’s a little soul-killing, so here’s an instructional video that takes itself way to seriously. But it’s pretty damn informative.

2. Laundry

Trust me, you don’t want to be that roommate who keeps their stinking pile of laundry in the corner of the room, making your friends avoid your room like the plague. Instead of living in squalor, make a laundry schedule (say, every two or three weeks), and keep yourself to it. As for the washing machine? Underwear, socks, and sheets are done in warm water, and everything else is done in cold. It’s that easy.  

3. Library navigation

Even if you’re not a bookworm, you’ll no doubt have to visit the library at least once in your college career in order to write a paper or to do some research. Instead of spending your trip to the stacks frustrated and annoyed, reserve any books you need on your school’s website if you can, or go to the library with a friend who’s been before, or simply ask the reference librarian for help.

4. Cooking (beyond the microwave)

By the time you’re a senior, you’ll probably be able to live in an apartment either on or off campus, meaning it’ll likely be up to you to cook. Instead of living on a diet of Kraft Easy Mac and Hot Pockets, research recipes that are delicious, easy, and cheap. Here’s a good place to get started.

5. Class participation

The best way to get good grades in class is to show that you’re trying, and the best way to show you’re trying is to participate in class. Try to raise your hand and talk at least once each class. Don’t worry about making a fool of yourself if you don’t know a question to an answer or if you can’t think of anything to say. Instead, turn the tables, and ask a question yourself, or answer a question at the beginning of the class when discussion is less complicated.

6. Not getting too drunk

In order to avoid spending your weekend nights bent over a toilet bowl or your weekend mornings trying to remember the night before, drink responsibly.

7. Pickup lines

You know, since romance is key to happiness. Here are some that are foolproof.

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