Find time to cook!
How To Find Time to Cook Every Meal
There are some common misconceptions that all college students eat pizza or rice for every meal, they don’t have any time to cook, and that they generally have poor eating habits. Although this may be true for some people, especially if you’re a first-year still figuring out how to eat in a dorm, it doesn’t have to be.
How to do it
How do I do it? First, it helps that I strongly dislike the food at my school’s dining hall (though that’s not required). It also helps that I really, really enjoy cooking (also not required), and that I do have the means to go food shopping every week. But any student can find the time and motivation to cook for themselves with the right planning and the right mindset.
Plane your meals in advance. This might be the most important tip, and I really can’t stress enough how useful this is. Each week before I go to the grocery store, I plan out the meals I’m going to make for the week. Most of the time, I don’t end up making everything, and sometimes my plans change, but this helps give me at least a sense of what I want to make. If you plan in advance, you won’t ever spend a night staring into the empty fridge. You’ll always know what to make.
If any of this seems daunting, don’t worry! When I found out that I’d be living in a townhouse with my own kitchen my sophomore year of college, I was immediately so excited to be able to cook for myself, but then I realized how much of a challenge that it could be. Once I started to do it and got down my routine, I realized that it wasn’t as challenging as it seemed. Nothing tastes better than a home-cooked meal, and nothing is more fun than a Sunday spent meal prepping.
Feel-Good Things to Do
Let’s be real — between classes, part-time jobs, club meetings and more, college life can feel super overwhelming at times. When things get hectic in your personal and professional life, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. We might miss out on giving someone a genuine compliment that brightens their day, or a volunteer opportunity that does an immense amount of good in our community.
Buy a stranger coffee
If you’re in the mood to do something good on a whim, offer to buy coffee for the person behind you next time you’re at Starbucks. This can easily put someone in a good mood, especially if they’re having a bad day.
Bake desserts for your roommates. This small act of kindness can completely boost someone’s day. Nothing is better than coming home to a surprise plate of freshly baked cookies, TBH.
Never skip on a compliment. If a friend, roommate, family member or co-worker did a great job on something, tell them! Never miss out on an opportunity to acknowledge the good someone does. A little compliment goes a long way. While it seems like there’s never ever have enough time to even breathe in college, it’s important to stop and think about the impact you can have in someone else’s life. Only positivity can come out of doing feel-good things in your community, so give it a try!
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