Home Economics is one of the classes people love to take in high school and middle school, but for all of the wrong reasons. It is never about an interest in learning how to cook, do laundry, or become a useful member of a household. It’s usually about getting an easy A. Which is alright. I get it. But Home Economics is one of the few classes you might actually regret drifting off during once you hit college.

One day, you will find yourself at the grocery store down the street from your college apartment. Your eyes will glaze over as you stare at the uninspired selection in the frozen foods aisle, and then you’ll be jolted by a bolt of inspiration. You will realize that you can cook yourself a real meal! One of the ones your mom used to cook, with meat and vegetables. The type where you use an oven or a stove instead of a microwave or a hot plate.

You watched your mom cook plenty of meals, and hey, you did get that A in Home Ec. You’ll return home with a notably lighter wallet and bags full of ingredients. When you’re staring at those ingredients spread out on your counter, next to a pile of cooking tools you don’t remember ever buying, that’s when the regret will hit you. You’ll realize you never actually learned how to cook.

Luckily, all is not lost. Cooking is pretty easy, and you’re in college, which means you’re already prepared to learn something new. While college students may not be world-renowned for the prowess in the kitchen, these are 5 dishes that every student from Georgetown to GW Online can and should learn how to make. 

  1. Chicken Parmesan

This one is easy, delicious, and relatively nutritious. After all, it’s pretty much just chicken and cheese. Don’t be scared off by cooking chicken, either. As long as the insides are fully cooked through — no pink center – you’ll be good to go.

  1. Mason Jar Salads

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A delicious salad you make in a mason jar, that can be stored for a few days and taken on the go.

  1. Vegetable Wraps

Just slice up a serving of your favorite vegetables, sauté them in olive oil until they’re soft, and wrap them in a tortilla with some dressing. It’s a quick meal that will actually provide you with the nutrients you need to get through the day.

  1. Avocado and Egg

Fry up an egg to your preferred doneness and plop it into a sliced avocado. The two foods go great together, and it’s a healthy breakfast alternative, given that avocados are a superfood and all. Don’t forget the salt and pepper.

  1. Curry

Curry is a foreign delicacy that’s surprisingly easy to make. It is also versatile, with plenty of different ways to prepare it, and downright tasty. All you need are vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and plenty of curry spice.

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Whether you go to Marylhurst University or any other college, it can be hard to know where you fit in. You may have trouble where you fit in academically or you may struggle making new friends and fitting in socially. The truth is that college is a completely different environment from what you were used to in high school. You may have been the most popular kid in your high school, but in college, it may all change.

In college, there are a lot more people around and, without a safety net or the comfort and familiarity of lifelong friends, it can be very hard to find your place. However, if you want to fit in and carve out your own niche on campus, there are a number of things you can do.

Of course, you don’t want it to look like you are forcing yourself to fit in, so you want to be strategic. Moreover, you want to take your time; finding your place in college doesn’t happen overnight.

Here is how to find where you fit on your college campus

Participate in Various Extracurricular Activities

One way to find your place in college is to join various extracurricular groups and clubs. For instance, there may be a recreational sports team or a charity group. You may also do a beach clean up or go to a rally. The best part about college is that you are finding yourself, so if you want to find your place, you have to put yourself out there.

Find an Academic Social Club

Another way to find your place in college is to join a social club. On any given campus, there are dozens of social and academic clubs. For instance, you may want to join a film group. In that group, you will watch films, analyze them and critique them. Also, you may want to try out a literature group, which will give you a chance to read classics and more obscure titles. You never know who you will meet in one of these groups.

Talk to People

Of course, you won’t really find yourself until you start meeting people. You want to meet people because it will broaden your network of friends and acquaintances. The bigger your network is, the sooner you will find your place. The last thing you want is to shut yourself off. If you are shy, then introducing yourself to new people is a great way to put yourself out there and practice speaking up.

Check Out Greek Life

If you are interested in joining a sorority or a fraternity, your place on campus may be in Greek life. Of course, Greek life can be demanding and there may be a lot of challenges, but it can actually be a lot of fun. If you like a lot of excitement, this may be your place on campus.

Start with Your Friends

It may be that the friends you make are your place on campus. If you are friends with the artsy kids, you may want to be in the artsy group. If your friends are in the science realm, maybe science is the place for you. In the end, you want to feel like you belong.

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It is easy to do the bare minimum while in college: skim by on C grades, do a minimal amount of studying, or to let other people handle most of the work. Truth is, however, that this minimal attitude will not allow you to get all you can out of these limited years. College is a time of learning certain life skills, and learning how to correctly study is a skill that not only will help you in school but will also aid in your choice of career.

Breaking a habit can be incredibly difficult and time-consuming, but trust us, it’s completely worth it.

  1. Studying from Home

This may seem like an odd idea but the truth is that studying at home is not conducive to performing well in college. For one, there are so many distractions at home: laundry, chores, food, random things to play with, TV, video games, and roommates. Even locking yourself in your bedroom can prove detrimental as a bed in your peripheral vision may make a nap too much of a tempting alternative to hitting the books.

  1. Studying All Night

While there are some benefits to cramming, staying up the entire night before an exam is not one of them. In order for the brain to function properly, it needs time to rest. Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can slow down your brain’s processing of information which turns into you losing all retention when you sit down to take an exam. Break this habit by spreading out your study times for before bedtime.

  1. Only Reading After Class

Did you know that if you read the assigned content before class that your brain is more likely to remember the information? If the text is fresh in your mind, your brain will create automatic organization storage, similar to file cabinets, that will then assign the content correctly as your professor goes over it. You will also be able to ask questions about the reading since you’ve already read it and gain a better understanding of the material. 

  1. Procrastination

Everyone knows procrastinating is never a healthy way to get things done. Not only does it place a lot of pressure on your brain to figure things out, but it also drains you very quickly. Make time management a priority so that you are not waiting until the very last minute to finish projects, papers, or study for an exam.

  1. Listening to Music (with lyrics)

When you listen to music while studying, it can be very distracting. This only gets worse when you add lyrics and random beats that take over your brain. Our recommendation, if you insist on listening to music while studying is to go lyric-free. Classical music, scores from movies, or a general instrumental so that the only words you hear are the ones you are reading from the text. Classical music is also said to help aid the brain as well as make the human body feel calm.

If you are looking to earn good grades and make the most of your years in college, be it studying for the University of Wisconsin’s pre-law classes, you’ll need to establish healthy study habits.

Of all of the things a college campus is great for — getting an education, making new friends, making memories, or starting your career — getting in good shape usually isn’t one of them. College towns are filled with fast-food chains and local greasy food joints: places that serve legendary burritos, tasty pizza, or diner food. And exercise isn’t exactly part of the culture on these campuses either. They’re filled with anxious, overworked students who rarely show any interest in waking up at 5:30 am to go on a jog. Between class loads, internships, and social obligations, students of the University of North Carolina alike probably don’t have time to exercise regularly. (more…)