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College Dorm Room Decorating Ideas, Dorm Decor Tips. Oats: The Cheap and Multipurpose Food. In college, we’re always looking for things that can serve more than one purpose.

Oats: The Cheap and Multipurpose Food

Need an umbrella? Just hold your history folder over your head. Need a paperclip? Just use a spare bobby pin. Need a bookmark? Food Besides Breakfast “What?” I use oats in my mother’s recipe of meatloaf. Skin Care If you’ve wandered into a patch of poison ivy on a trail hike trying out your adventurous side, oats work great to soothe the itch. Odor Eater Oatmeal is actually pretty effective at neutralizing odors, much like baking soda. What multipurpose item do you rely on most as a student? [via Wise Bread] [Photo courtesy of sweetbeetandgreenbean. Laura Schluckebier (whose last name is German for "drinker of beer") is a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. College Fashion - Tips, trends and style for students.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies - The SparkCollege Blog. Arranging a dorm room is a lot like playing Tetris.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies - The SparkCollege Blog

Luckily, I rock at Tetris. Which means I easily transitioned into being a dorm room domestic. Here at college, I've been making friends with a pretty simple method: I bake cookies and use them to bribe people into talking to me. These are so good—chewy and gooey on the inside and just a little tough and crunchy on the outside. They’re so good, you might not want to share. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes 55 2-inch cookies Ingredients 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 cup room temperature butter ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup packed brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 10 soft caramel chews, cut to the size of the chocolate chips ½ cup roughly chopped almonds 1 tbsp. coarse sea salt Directions 1.

Dormitory Quesadillas - The SparkCollege Blog. It’s been barely two weeks and I’m already sick of dorm food, fast food, and snack food.

Dormitory Quesadillas - The SparkCollege Blog

My roommate, on the other hand, is sick of the fact that I’ve been playing the same song, on a loop, for the past four days (the song is Glad You Came, by The Wanted. It’s not particularly good or bad, just mind-numbingly addictive). Also the band members are cute. So to prevent my roomie from smacking me for my questionable music choices, and to prevent myself from buying a plane ticket home to spend two days shoveling food in my mouth, I made some gorgeous, gooey quesadillas.

Shivani Makes Quiche Lorraine (with BACON!) - The SparkCollege Blog. When I was in high school, visiting seniors would prattle on and on about how much free time they had in college.

Shivani Makes Quiche Lorraine (with BACON!) - The SparkCollege Blog

They waxed poetic about lazy afternoons spent in the libraries, leisurely flipping through books, and casual mid-mornings spent lolling on the green, flirting with every attractive individual passing their way. They lied. Though I do have a lot of free time compared to high school, it’s free time that needs to be budgeted. To put it lightly, I study a lot, hence my current state: huddled in my room with my books spread out, laptop open and a jar of Nutella for company. It also means I don’t have time to ass-hat around making up new microwave-themed recipes. College Dorm Room Checklist: What to Bring to College. Helping you pack an essential supply for your first year of college dorm life Before running out to the nearest store to purchase the items for your dorm room, it’s a great idea to check out your college’s Web site (more specifically their Office of Residence Life page).

College Dorm Room Checklist: What to Bring to College

Frequently there will be a list of items that are not permitted on campus, sometimes including air conditioners, space heaters, pets, toasters, etc. Also, be sure to contact your college roommate to decide who is bringing which items from your dorm room checklist. This lowers the possibility of a duplicate supply of items that may not fit in the small space of dorm room storage. Tips on Packing For College. Stick to this rule of thumb: if you think twice about taking it, leave it at home You endured the SAT, breezed through the college interviewing process, and finally settled on your college.

Tips on Packing For College

You can hardly wait to get in your car and peel rubber towards your new and exciting life as a college freshman…but something is standing in your way. Something you’ve been dreading for weeks. Something that you can’t avoid—PACKING! The art of packing—deciding which of your most prized possessions will be making the trek with you—can be just as overwhelming as choosing a school. Regardless of your dorm room size, here are some must-haves: Computer or laptopCell phoneDesk lampClimate-appropriate clothingStorage binsReminders of home (pictures, stuffed animals)Bedding (sheets, pillow, blanket)Toiletries Tips for Packing Light and Packing Right Don’t over-pack!

There are ways to pack for college without becoming a pack rat. Leave the winter clothing at home until winter break. How to Prepare for Dorm Life.