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Easy Dorm Room Recipies

Many of us have been in the unfortunate situation where we must decide between spending the last $10 on food or beer. Should I buy a six-pack and eat the week old Chinese leftovers? Or should I order a pizza and stay at the dorm tonight? These are decisions that can be avoided with a weekly trip to the grocery store and a microwave. In 5 minutes or less you can have a tasty meal, and still have enough money left over for booze. Try these suggestions:

Micro Nachos

Ingredients- Tortilla chips, shredded mild cheddar cheese (or that mozzarella that’s been in your mini fridge all month, any cheese will work). Optional: sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes.

Prep time: < 5 minutes

Serves: 1-2

Directions: Place tortilla chips on a microwave safe plate, spread out chips to ensure equal cheesiness. Cover with 1 cup or more of shredded cheese, and spread out to ensure equal cheesy deliciousness. If your grocery budget allows, add lettuce and tomatoes. Microwave for 40 seconds or until cheese is melted. Add sour cream after cooking.

To take these to the next level, add ¼ pound (precooked) smoked beef sausage and ¼ cup barbeque sauce before cooking.

Bacon Macaroni

Ingredients- EasyMac©, bacon.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Serves: 1


Directions: Place 2 paper towels on a plate, add 3 to 5 strips of bacon, and cover with 2 more paper towels. Microwave 1 minute for each strip of bacon. Microwave macaroni according to directions. Cut bacon into small pieces and add to macaroni. Add salt and pepper if desired.


Ingredients: Hersheys© chocolate, graham crackers, large marshmallows.

Prep time: < 5 minutes

Serves: 1


Directions: Place 2 graham crackers on a microwave safe plate, with 4 marshmallows on top of each. Microwave for 20 seconds. Add chocolate to top (hot marshmallows will melt chocolate).

For added taste, put peanut butter on graham crackers before cooking.

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Ingredients: Large eggs, bacon, cheese (optional).

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Serves 1-2


Directions: Place 2 paper towels on a plate, add 3 to 5 strips of bacon, and cover with 2 more paper towels. Microwave 1 minute for each strip of bacon. Crack eggs, discard shells, and place in a microwave safe cup. Add 1 tablespoon of milk (or 2 tablespoons for fluffier eggs) and stir for 30 seconds. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Stir again and add cheese if you’d like. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 oatmeal packet, milk, honey, walnuts (optional).

Prep time: < 5 minutes

Serves: 1


Directions: Add oatmeal, ½ cup milk, 2 tablespoons walnuts (optional), 3 tablespoons honey, stir, then add peeled banana into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Mash banana after cooking and stir again.

Cheesy Baked Potato

Ingredients: 1 russet potato, shredded cheddar cheese (mild or sharp), butter or margarine, sour cream (optional)

Prep time: 12 minutes

Serves: 1

Directions: Clean potato with hot water, poke with fork several times. Place in microwave on microwave safe plate for 5 minutes. Be careful, potato will be extremely hot. Turn potato over and cook for approximately 4-5 more minutes or until soft. Cut potato in half (again potato will be very hot) and mash inside of potato with a fork. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter or margarine and spread. Add ¼ cup shredded cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Put back in microwave for 45 seconds or until cheese is melted. Add sour cream if desired.

Hot Diggity Dogs

Ingredients: Hot dogs, sliced American cheese, flour tortillas.

Prep time: < 5 minutes

Serves: 1


Directions: Wrap up hot dogs in paper towel, microwave for 20 seconds. Be careful dogs will be hot (they’re not called cold dogs), take dogs out of microwave. Place 1 cheese slice on each tortilla, put dogs on top and roll up tortillas. Microwave for an additional 10 or 15 seconds or until cheese is melted.

Tuna Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: EasyMac©, 1 can solid white albacore.

Prep Time: < 5 minutes

Serves: 1-2


Directions: Add water to fill line and cook EasyMac© according to directions on package. Add tuna and stir for 30 seconds. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Chicken Parmesan Sammy

Ingredients: Frozen chicken nuggets, tomato sauce, bread or hamburger bun, mozzarella cheese slices, Parmesan cheese.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1


Directions: Cook chicken nuggets according to directions on package. Spread 1 tablespoon tomato sauce on each side of bread. Cut 1 slice of mozzarella cheese in half, placing 1 piece on top of tomato sauce on each side of bread. Place nuggets on top of bread and add 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese. Put bread together and microwave for an additional 5 seconds.

Chicken Flavored Popcorn

Ingredients: Unsalted popcorn (not butter popcorn), Ramen© noodles (chicken flavored preferably, but any flavor will work)

Prep time: <5 minutes

Serves: 1-2

Directions: Pop corn in microwave. When popcorn is popped, open top and add Ramen© Noodles flavor packet (throw away noodles) and shake for 2 or 3  minutes.


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What to pack for your freshman dorm: The College Kit

Congratulations! You graduated. Did you think high school was hard? Just wait until you get to college, it doesn’t get much easier. Outside of the classroom there is so much to prepare for! Many freshman move into the dorms. Do you have your dorm room checklist? If not, try using this one!

-Bedding sheets set (Most colleges provide Twin XL mattresses, so get Twin XL size sheets)
-Mattress pad (Those mattresses are rarely comfortable, so add a mattress pad or two for comfort)
-Lamp (Desk lamp and table lamp/standing lamp)
-Curtains (Most dorms provide sheer or no blinds)
-Extra set of drawers (Storage space might be limited)
-Hooks (Hanging your things will help staying clean and organized
-Hangers for the closet (Hangers won’t be provided)
-Desk chair (Some places don’t provide desk chairs, you might have to ask)

School Supplies:
-Loose leaf paper
-Hole punch
-Printer paper
-Pens and pencils
-Sharpie marker
-Planner (To take note of exams, papers, homework assignments, etc.)

Bathroom Needs:
-Shower caddy
-Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
-Face wash
-Makeup remover (For the females)
-Toilet Paper (Some universities do not supply it)
-Towels (More than one)
-Flip Flops (Shower floors are nasty)

Go out and start your college shopping now! Hope this makes your shopping easier!

Thanks for reading,

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Are You Still Looking for a Summer Job?

Don’t Panic!  If your bank account is still in the green, you don’t necessarily have to move back in with your parent yet.  And if you do have to cross that bridge, we have another blog post coming soon about how to deal with that mess.  Parents are great… to visit.

Finding a job is a numbers game.  It’s more like fishing with a net than a pole.  Even in a mid-sized town there are thousands of businesses with multiple departments.  Law offices, banks, manufacturers, corporate offices of restaurants, financial advisers, consultants, research positions and doctor’s offices, to name a few.  At this point you can’t afford to be picky, so branch out (your mom’s probably not going to do your laundry anymore now that you’re all grown up, you may as well apply for that less-than-stellar job).

I want to pass along some advice I got from a hugely successful class-action lawyer to give you an idea of how aggressive you can be in your search, without taking massive amounts of time.  You want the highest Return on Investment with your efforts.  Here’s the advice I received:

Dear Robin,

If I were you, I’d mine family contacts first to see if they have connections; then, conduct a mass-mailing campaign to every law firm stating that you’re “very interested in (area of law they primarily practice)” with your resume attached, and follow-up by phone to see if you can talk to them when you’re back in town. Also, are there any Alumni connections down there?

Good luck!


You may want to think about using this strategy: forget sniping at this point with super-tailored resumes and go for a scatter-shot approach that covers as much ground as possible.  This approach is for every industry, not just law offices.



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What Do You Think About Higher Education?

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and venture capitalist, has some strong opinions about higher education.

Thiel was recently interviewed by Sarah Lacy, a reporter for Tech Crunch. Thiel argued that America is in the middle of a bubble regarding higher education. What is a bubble, you ask? Thiel explains that a bubble is “when something is overvalued and intensely believed. Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus,” said Thiel.

Many students, like myself, can relate to the arguments Thiel puts forth. “You have to get rid of the future you wanted to pay off all the debt from the fancy school that was supposed to give you that future,” he said. If education is so mandatory nowadays, why does it cost so much to achieve? If graduating from college is really the “American Dream,” why not make it affordable so everyone can obtain it?

Surprisingly, Thiel grew up in an upper-middle-class household and attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School, so he knows a thing or two about elite higher education universities. However, he argues that “if Harvard were really the best education, why not franchise it so more people can attend? Why not create 100 Harvard affiliates?” He says, “it’s something about the scarcity and the status. In education your value depends on other people failing. Whenever Darwinism is invoked it’s usually a justification for doing something mean. It’s a way to ignore that people are falling through the cracks, because you pretend that if they could just go to Harvard, they’d be fine. Maybe that’s not true.”

Thiel believes that the concept of higher education, and America’s reliance upon it is all a big joke. He argues that higher education, much like the idea of Santa Claus, is all a big lie (sorry, kids). In an effort to stress his point that higher education is not necessary to be successful, Thiel had an idea.

He launched the “20 Under 20” Program last September with a fairly simple idea. The goal was to find the best 20 kids under 20 years old and pay them $100,000 over the course of 2 years to quit school and start his/her own company instead. Thiel received over 400 applications. The top 45 finalists met Thiel in San Francisco last month, and the winners will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

College Diploma

While the contest has received mixed reviews, Thiel is excited for America’s youth to see that there are other options out there. The brilliant young minds today don’t necessarily need a college degree to go far in life. As the old adage says, “it’s all about who you know.” With acquaintances like the venture capitalist Thiel, the 20 chosen kids are likely to be successful no matter the outcome!

So, what are your thoughts on higher education? Do you think a college degree is mandatory for success nowadays? Leave a comment and share your opinion!



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(source: Tech Crunch 4/10/11)