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Get Creative with Mac and Cheese

If you’re living in a dorm, you probably find yourself eating mac and cheese at least twice a week. Sure it’s cheap, but aren’t your taste buds getting bored?

Read these tips on how to add some zing to that little blue box:

Hamburger mac: Add a pound of cooked ground beef to your cheese and noodles.

Tex-Mex mac: Stir in a package of taco seasoning and ground beef to have your in-dorm fiesta.

BBQ mac and cheese: All you need is some KC Masterpiece and Little Smokies to add some flavor to your quick-fix supper.

Mac and cheese in Alfredo sauce: Swap out that powdery yellow substance for some already-made Alfredo sauce.

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Vegan College Students Should Check Out PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook

College is a time for trying new things. You could do something extreme, like taking up skydiving as a hobby, or maybe something a little less extreme, like adopting a vegan lifestyle.

It doesn’t matter if you have never “gone vegan” before or if you are a life-long vegan, if you are a college vegan, then you should give this cookbook a look. From PETA comes The Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School.

The Vegan College Cookbook teaches you the basics of being vegan, including how to transform your favorite non-vegan dishes into meatless wonders. For example, did you know that you can make a vegan cake with only two ingredients: cake mix and a can of soda. That’s it: simple, cheap, and vegan. Not bad, huh?

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Five Space Saving Ways to Organize Your Dorm

shoe hangerIt’s more than halfway through the semester, and you’re probably noticing that your dorm seems like it is getting a little smaller everyday. No, your dorm hasn’t been through a shrinking machine, but in the past few months, you’ve probably purchased more clothes, forgot to return library books and haven’t gotten around to organizing old assignments from chem. class.

Dorms can be itty-bitty, so it may be hard to find places to put things. Instead of tip-toeing around all the junk on your dorm floor, read these tips on how to organize and save space. Read the rest of this entry »

Roommate Resources to Find Your Best Match after the Dorms

three girls roommatesThe new match season is almost there so it is vital to get a pgy1 residency spot before the competitors. Finding a roommate when you lived in the dorms was so simple. Your school probably assigned you a roommate, you lived together, and that was that. But once you move out of the dorms, things get a little more complicated.

Having a roommate while you are in college is beneficial for a number of reasons. For example, a roommate will split the bills with you, so it is financially responsible, and a good roommate can provide social interaction, and if you’re lucky, can turn into a good friend. Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga for the Dorm

yogaThere is a little secret about getting in shape: despite the multi-billion dollar diet industry, staying fit and healthy doesn’t cost that much money, nor does it require a lot of space.

If there is one thing students have experience in, it is lack of space and money, so if you’re looking to get into shape in school or reduce stress, look no further than the four walls of your dorm room and the 5,000-year old Indian tradition of yoga.

What you’ll need:

How to Prevent Bed Bugs in the Dorm

Just the idea of bed bugs makes my skin crawl. Typically, I think of getting bed bugs by staying in a hotel that is somewhat shady, but you can get bed bugs anywhere, including your own bed.bedbug

Bed bugs in dorms and student apartment complexes are a big problem. It can be difficult to know when you have bed bugs because they are small and typically nocturnal, so you probably won’t see one or two just lounging on your bed. They often hide in dark crevices and place their eggs in fabric seams, and only come out at night to snack on your blood while you are sleeping. Creepy, huh?

If the thought of sharing your bed with a colony of bugs doesn’t really bother you – well, I don’t know how it could not completely disgust you – then think about the annoying bites you are likely to receive. Bed bug bites cause cimicosis, a skin condition that varies from person to person. According to The Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to bed bug bites result in red bumps or welts, typically formed in a cluster or line, and are very itchy. These bites are similar in appearance to mosquito bites. Unfortunately, bed bug bites can last much longer and be much itchier. However, almost 50 percent of bed bug victims do not react to bed bug bites; at least there’s one positive. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Money in the Dorms

Trying to stretch that dollar in the dorms? Living on your own isn’t easy or cheap, but here are some helpful tips that will lessen the strain on your checking account:

dorm-pizzaFood: You can only force down those ramen noodles for so long, and let’s face it, they’re not the most nutritious thing you can eat. Check out the local farmer’s market to find great deals on fruits and veggies. At the grocery store, buy the generic brands and be sure to clip those coupons.

Coffee: Limit your Starbucks runs to once a week. Start brewing your own pot of coffee or bum a complimentary cup of joe from one of the campus offices.

Entertainment: Going out every night will drain your budget quickly. Instead of hitting up the club, opt for something cheaper. Host a pizza-and-movie night at your dorm or see what your college student activity center has planned for the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Beat College Downtime

sorority sisters“I’m bored” should never be a phrase uttered by a college student, especially one living on campus. Between classes and studying, dorm activities, intramural sports, Greek activities and the endless of other social and academic events taking place, every student can and will find a place to keep them occupied.

Here are some sure-fire places to find fellow coeds killing time and not being bored.

  • Start in the dorm. Whether with your roommate or the girls across the hall, watch a movie, go shopping or just grab a snack and chat.
  • Go clubbin’. And we don’t mean at the bar. Most larger colleges and universities have hundreds of clubs and organizations that suit nearly every possible interest and college major. Join one, or two. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Valuables on a College Campus

This guest post comes from John Spiropoulos, B.A., a 3 time Emmy award winning TV news reporter whose website — — is devoted to the success of college freshmen.

dorm theftRight now parents and students are focused on what to take to college. Now is also the time to think about what you want to keep in college, because without taking proper precautions, your valuables may be stolen. Here’s what to do:

Lock Your Room Doors in the Residence Hall

Break-ins are rare. Usually, items are stolen because doors are left open or unlocked. Unless your roommate is in the room, ALWAYS lock the door when you leave, even if it’s just going down the hall to the bathroom. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pre-Move College Freshman Check List

college freshman movingAre you a college freshman headed to campus this fall? The most important thing to know is to not feel overwhelmed. While there is a lot to take care of, it will all come together in time to move to the dorms if you prepare during the summer.

Here we’ve compiled a list of things you won’t want to overlook:

  • Get your computer in order – make sure it has the right software, meets campus IT guidelines, and has been cleaned-up, backed-up and upgraded if necessary. Read the rest of this entry »


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