Ah, you were a Stripy!Laura (x-files… you know… Angsted!Mulder, Ditched!Scully…)
My favorite pair of dress shoes broke when I was a freshman. Ok they didn’t really break, they have this (fake) buckle on them (fake because the buckle doesn’t actually hold anything together, it’s there only for decorative purposes), and that broke, so I too gave an unemployed paperclip the benefit of a new job. That paperclip is still there. I still wear those shoes to everything. It puts funny tears in the bottom of my pants sometimes.