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Meal or No Meal?

Adjusting to life in college can be difficult. Often times, college students have to learn to do their own laundry, clean, shop for groceries, go to bed at a decent hour and cook for themselves. Not to mention, there’s class, friends, work, social obligations and more, which means no time to cook elaborate or healthy meals. Having no time adds up to living off of ramen and cereal or eating out for every meal.

These eating habits can get really expensive and (sigh) also extremely unhealthy. So, how do you somehow manage to eat healthily AND juggle the time crunch that got you into this mess in the first place?

Well, we don’t expect you to have all the answers, so we asked someone who has most of them. Meet Dr. Tawni Holmes, a nutrition professor, here at UCO.

“Choosing healthy options for meals and snacks, as well as getting enough calories and a variety of foods, will help you stay focused during study sessions, provide your brain the fuel it needs to keep you going and help keep you from getting sick -which no one has time for,” Holmes said.

Thanks, Dr. Holmes!

Taking that advice to heart, here are five recipes that can easily be made in your dorm without breaking the bank or the buttons on your pants.

  1. Mason Jar Greek Salad: This vitamin-packed salad is a great on-the-go option, when you may not have time to go back to your dorm during the day. Learn how to make this healthy “fast food” option.
  2. Upgraded Ramen: This is a great way to use the ramen that has been in the back of your closet all year. Get the recipe.
  3. Microwave Nachos: This is a little bit healthier version of your regular microwave nachos. Get the simple, but yummy, recipe.
  4. Mug Cheesecake: Who doesn’t love dessert? This homemade mug cheesecake is so simple to make and the perfect size for one! Get the recipe.
  5. No-Bake Cookies: This quick and easy dessert will make you the most popular person in your dorm! Find the recipe.

Forgot your lunch? Pinching pennies and minutes for the day? Check out Central Station, located in the Human Environmental Sciences building, just west of Broncho Lake. Open from 10:30 a.m. until 1:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the spring, Central Station features delicious, affordable and health-conscious meals, right on campus! Check the menu each week to see what they’ve got cookin’.

Eating healthy on a college budget and schedule can be difficult, but not impossible. We know you can do it! Happy health, Bronchos!

Dorm Room, Sweet Dorm Room

dorm room with bed, desk and various decor

Every summer, new students prepare for their first year here at the University of Central Oklahoma. Students search the depths of Pinterest, looking for the perfect packing list, dorm hacks, and most importantly, dorm decor. Decorating the perfect dorm is no small task and can often require hours of research, shopping and labor. Students spend hours wandering the aisles of Target, Hobby Lobby and Bed Bath and Beyond, to ensure that every detail will be both flawless and affordable.

This year, one Central student took dorm decorating to another level. Let’s just say that, if dorm room decorating were an Olympic sport, Abbey Tinsley would finish with a gold medal.

girl stands in front of her bed in her dorm room

Tinsley is a freshman this year, majoring in business, with the hopes of one day becoming a professional choreographer with her own dance studio. She is already making the most of her time at Central, serving as a member of the UCO Pom team and recently joining Sigma Kappa sorority. However, her greatest accomplishment thus far might just be her incredible dorm room.

Dorm room decorating can be tough, so we decided to ask the dorm room diva herself for some much-needed advice and inspiration.

photo of headboard with black and white stripes, with pillows in front and pineapple wall on the adjacent wallOne of the most unique things about Tinsley’s decor is her adorable, striped headboard and bed skirt. As many of us know, it is not easy to dress up your dorm, and it most certainly does not come cheap. Tinsley and her mother created their vision for the dorm room, and her grandmother helped bring that vision to life. Her headboard, bed skirt and curtains were all handmade by her grandmother to fit Tinsley’s personal style.

DIY is a great way to get a custom look for your dorm room while also staying within your budget. Following accounts on Instagram can be helpful.

“I have been following different dorm sites on Instagram for the past couple of years.  I searched the hashtags #collegedorm and #dormroom, just to see what people are doing, and the best way to use the space,” Tinsley said, of her search for inspiration.

Dorms are small – it’s one thing we can all agree on about campus living. Staying organized and finding a proper place for all of your belongings can be difficult, especially when sharing your room with another person. Tinsley combats her lack of space by “lofting” her bed, or raising up the bed to add additional space underneath. She placed all of her dressers underneath her bed, to allow for more space when moving throughout the room. Lofting your bed, like Tinsley did, is a great way to save space, while the addition of a bed skirt hid her dressers from view.

What makes someone want to go above and beyond when creating their dorm sweet dorm, especially when facing space and cost challenges?

“I wanted to make my move and transition to UCO a smooth one,” Tinsley said. “This will be my new home for ten months, so I wanted it to be comfortable.  I need to enjoy my surroundings, and I want to be happy when I’m in my room. My room is small, so I knew I needed to use the space wisely and be able to make it look less cluttered.”

Moving away from home can be hard, so making your new home comfortable can help with the transition and put you at ease.

Dorm decorating is a lot of pressure, but don’t freak out! With a little bit of research and a whole lot of hot glue, you can turn your dorm room into your home away from home.