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How to Make a Three Course Dinner in Your Dorm

Sick of eating Hot Pockets and microwavable pizza? Living in a dorm with just a microwave to serve as your only cooking appliance isn’t easy. When you go grocery shopping, you probably go straight to the freezer section, but tonight skip the frozen dinner and prepare this three course meal in your dorm. Heck, you could even host your own dinner party. All recipes yield four servings, and none of them require a stove.

Appetizer: Fruit-topped crackers

  • 10 crackers
  • 4 table spoons of cream cheese (fruit flavored or plain)
  • 1 cup of blueberries and sliced strawberries

Spread cream cheese on crackers and top with fruit.

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The $5 a Meal College Cookbook Makes Cooking Cheap and Easy

My parents warned me that when I went to college, I’d have to learn to cook. The week before freshman year, I went to the grocery store with my mom and picked out all of my favorite foods: popcorn, cereal, sandwich stuff, and a few frozen entrees. I moved into my dorm, set up my mini-fridge and microwave…and didn’t cook a single thing all year long. Why would I? I had a meal plan!

Sophomore year was a completely different story. That year, there was no meal plan. I survived off cereal and Pop-Tarts for the first few weeks, then resorted to Taco Bell and McDonald’s dollar menus to stay alive. They were cheap and easy, but not at all nutritious. If only I’d had The $5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat.

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Unisak Offers Students an Apartment in a Bag

UnisakOne of the first things college students learn when they are leaving home to go to school is that they need their own stuff. Mom typically isn’t going to part with her favorite dishes to stock your dorm room. Going and buying all of the things you’ll need for life away from home can be time consuming and super expensive. Several department stores are starting to offer great packages that offer several of the things college students need in a bag for one low price.

One of the helpful things that students can grab on their way to college is a Unisak. Right now, the Unisak is only available within the United Kingdom. You can order a Unisak online and get free delivery. The Unisak is designed especially for students and includes 65 items for four different rooms. There is also currently an offer that will pay you to refer friends that might purchase a Unisak. If you refer enough people, you could end up getting your Unisak for free.

The Unisak features everything you need for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and your study area. All of the items included are things that students will find helpful and very much needed when striking out on their own. Buying all of the items included in the Unisak separately would cost you hundreds of dollars. Buying things separately may also cause the hassle of trying to figure out how to pack everything up. With the Unisak, everything comes in one large tote that is neatly packed and ready to go with you to college. For those going to school outside the UK, unfortunately the Unisak is not yet available, but if you are going overseas for college, or even thinking of doing a semester abroad, this would be a great item to order to keep from having to take things with you.



Makeover Your Dorm to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

dorm-sleepDid you know that the way your room is arranged can affect how well you sleep? Dr. Michael J. Breus, sleep expert and author of the book Beauty Sleep, has some advice on how to give your dorm room a makeover to get a better night’s sleep.

Light is the one of the most important factors in getting a good night’s sleep, because light is a major factor in regulating your circadian rhythm. If your windows admit unnatural sources of light, like from street lamps, cover the windows with a light-blocking curtain or shooed when you go to bed. During the evening, try to use no more than 300 watts of light at once, and when you sleep no more than 65 watts. That means you should turn off all those electronics that have constant blinking lights (this does not apply to fire alarms or carbon monoxide sensors). Make sure your bed is facing away from the west, so that morning sunlight won’t wake you up too early.

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How Some Colleges Are Dealing With Dorm Room Shortages

dorm roomMany schools require freshmen to live in on-campus dormitories. These dorms are a great idea because they allow the students to live on campus for relatively cheap, not have to worry about issues with a bad landlord, and provide a sense of community and security.

I lived in the dorms during my freshman year and absolutely loved it. Sure, they were not necessarily fancy, but they had their perks: I did not have to find a parking spot at my crowded campus, my bed was literally 10 minutes away from my first class, it was cheap, and I became great friends with my roommate. When you look at it this way, it is no wonder that many upperclassmen decide they want to continue living in the dorms after they are no longer required to. But what happens if there are not enough dorms for all of the students who want to live there? Read the rest of this entry »



How to Tell Your Roommate He Smells

how-to-tell-your-rommmate-she-smellsHow do you tell your roommate that he or she needs to shower more, without hurting their feelings or creating a conflict? Dr. Fayr Barkley has some good advice.

There are several things to consider before you approach your roommate with a bar of soap. Take into account the closeness of your relationship, cultural differences and emotional sensitivity. “Think in terms of how you would like to hear it from someone,” Dr. Barkley writes for hercampus.com. “The words you would want to hear, the sincerity of the person, the benefits you would want to know about having good hygiene and some points on how to go about making the change.”

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How to Survive Your College Roommate

college roommates in dormDorm rooms across the country are beginning to fill with doe-eyed college freshmen and slightly jaded sophomores. It’s an exciting time, as for most students it’s the first address they’ve ever had that they didn’t share with their parents. You might have shared a room with your little brother or sister at home, but we promise you few people will take tattling seriously in your dorm if your roommate touches your stuff.

Living with a college roommate isn’t as bad as you might have heard or have imagined in your head, usually. Whether you and your dorm roommate are bound to be life-long friends, or counting the days until holiday break to get away from one another, we want to show you how to start off on the right foot. Read the rest of this entry »



Getting to Know Your Freshman Year Roommate Over the Summer

Incoming students, your first year of college is just months away! And like many freshmen, you may be about to experience the most frustrating part of adjusting to school: living with a total stranger in a tiny dorm room. However, with a good attitude, life with a roommate doesn’t need to be painful. And the first thing you can do is establish a good relationship with your roommate over the summer before school starts.

As soon as you get information about your new roommate, make contact. Back in the “old days” when I went to college (1988), that meant a phone call. Of course, today there’s email. And if you’re both on Facebook or MySpace, add each other for sure. Getting to know each other a little bit now will make the transition easier, and you can use cyberspace to do this easily.

When meeting your roommate, keep an open mind. When I first called my roommate, I felt like she was looking for things not to like about me. Don’t do this. You certainly don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, or even friends at all—but you will have a much easier time if the two of you are friendly to and respectful of each other. So assume the best about your roommate, especially at first.

Once you get to know each other a little, summer is a good time to talk about expectations you have about the room, or even to draw up a roommate contract. Compromise is important, but it’s also important that you let each other know what you expect. For example, if one of you isn’t cool with overnight visits from the opposite sex, get that out in the open now before it becomes a problem. If cleanliness is very important to you, let that be known.

On a more practical note, summer is a good time to discuss things you’re going to bring to the room. One of you might choose to bring the fridge, and other the rug. You can also discuss color schemes to make sure things don’t horribly clash.

If you can, meet your roommate in person. This will make the first day in the dorm a whole lot less weird. If you live close to one another, get together for coffee or lunch. If you’re a long drive away from each other, consider getting together for lunch on campus, or invite your roommate over to your home.

Spend some time getting to know your roommate over the summer. Remember, freshman year is stressful, and the time you take to establish a comfortable relationship with your roommate can make things much easier.





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