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You just started college and after a few weeks in, you’re sick of the noodles and cafeteria food. Sure, you mentally prepared for this, but the monotony is killing you. Don’t worry about it. Door To Dorm has you covered. Time to remix your meals with some easy, affordable, dorm-friendly recipes.

Here are 5 rockin’ meals you can make in your dorm room:

Chicken Salad Wraps & Sandwiches

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This delicious recipe is great for lunch or dinner and you can switch it up by adding sweet or savory toppings and using different kinds of tortilla, bread, or even crackers (if you want to make a shareable snack) to serve it on. All you need is:

  1. 2 Cans of Canned Chicken
  2. Light Mayo (to taste)
  3. ½ Cup of Raisins or Dried Cranberries  (or both if you want to throw caution to the wind)
  4. 2-3 Sticks of Chopped Celery
  5. 1-2 Handfuls of Walnuts
  6. Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Pour the canned chicken into a food storage container,  mash the chicken with a fork to break apart the chicken chunks. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the food storage container and mix everything together. Then, serve over your favorite carb. Store the leftover chicken salad mix  in your microchill fridge so you have meals ready for days. With so many ways to enjoy chicken salad, it is the swiss army knife of dorm food.

We recommend you try this chicken salad mix with croissants or spinach wrap tortillas. For a savory version, replace the raisins/ dried cranberries with chopped tomato and add garlic powder or garlic salt. Add a side of salad or a bag of baked chips.

Overnight Oats

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Trying to avoid the freshman 15? An easy and convenient way to add healthy nutrition into your life is by eating breakfast. You can save time in the mornings by meal prepping with overnight oats, so that you’re not late to class. This post on Food Network’s Healthy Eats gives you tips on how to create appropriate portions and play up your oats with different flavors.

2-Minute French Toast in a Cup

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This yummy recipe shared by Pretty Prudent is a lazy student hack for a warm and sweet confection! Perfect for those chilli days in your dorm or when your sweet tooth is kicking in, you’ll enjoy this morning cup of french deliciousness. Bon Appetit!

Microwave Nachos

Having a movie night with your roomie? Kick the night up a notch with some cheesy microwave nachos. Tablespoon.com has the scoop on this 5-minute recipe. Indulge in some messy, gooey goodness, because these microwave nachos are all that and a bag of chips!

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

If you want to impress your friends with your dorm cheffing skills, a crock pot beef stroganoff  is the way to go. The Spruce gives you the breakdown on how to prepare this dinner extraordinaire. Knock their socks off  by pairing dinner with these entertaining ideas for dorms. Oh you fancy, huh?

Have awesome dorm room recipes of your own? Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!

You learn a lot within the four (or maybe more) years of college. Transition is inevitable, no matter what school you go to or who you choose to socialize with. People say the majority of what you learn in college is outside of the classroom, and they’re not wrong. Here are a few of those lessons that I learned in college.

How to Balance It All

When you start off in college, there are so many new things going on. It can be hard to choose between going to a football game with your friends, or staying in to study. If you decide to join intermural sports or a student organization, balancing that with academic work while still trying to have a life outside the classroom can be pretty hard to manage at times – whether it is spending time with friends, nurturing a creative hobby, or exercising. Learning how to prioritize is one of the most important lessons to take away from college life. It is a skill you will take with you as you enter in to a work environment, and even beyond that.

Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

There is nothing you can’t accomplish with a little hard work. When you set a goal for yourself, you are fully capable of making it happen. It may take sleepless nights, blood, sweat, and probably a few tears, but if you work hard enough you’ll accomplish what you set your sights on during your college tenure. It can sometimes be hard to see past the now of a situation, but shifting your mind to see the full picture is what is going to keep you motivated and your head held high. In the end, you’ll be able to take pride in yourself, not only for reaching your destination, but for the journey it took to get there.

Anything is Possible

There are opportunities around every corner while you’re in college. Whether it’s studying abroad for a semester, or landing an internship in the city of your dreams – anything is possible when you are both determined to make it happen and put a carefully laid out plan in place to move towards your goal. College is the one time in your life where you’re main goal is to learn about the world, about yourself, and figure out what will be important to you as you enter the “adult world.”

Put it Into Perspective

Realize that what is important to you now, as a college student, is not likely to be as important to you as you experience new events in your life. If you think something is must-have-can’t-live-without-not-going-to-change-your-mind, then take a minute to read this great post on Quora about “What is the single insight that most changed your life?”. This type of perspective is important to keep in mind. You’ll need to continue to reassess what’s important to you in life as things like career, family, and children enter the picture.

Taking a summer internship can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your career. With summer just around the corner, the deadlines are coming along with it for most companies. If you haven’t already applied and/or interviewed for any internships this summer, you definitely want to act now. If you are still a bit “ify” about the whole deal, here are a few pros vs cons that might help with you ultimate decision.

Pro: Networking. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can, engage in conversation and get to know your peers. Networking is one of the easiest and best things that can help you in your career.

Pro: Advantage. If after your graduate, you decide you want to re-apply at the same company you interned with,  they will remember your name and work ethic because you showed them during your internship.

Pro: References. Your boss at your summer internship will make a great reference for future job opportunities. Work hard and earn those letters of recommendation!

Pro: Experience. Whether paid or not, you’re still getting experience which will benefit you in the long-run throughout your career.

Wait, we forgot to mention a con…

Con: Not doing a summer internship will make you miss out on all these pros!

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow, will be our doubts of today.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Here is a few internship websites to help you get started: