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5 Foods You Should Start Making in Your Residence Hall

1) Oatmeal

Before you dismiss this list completely, hear me out.  I was a non-believer at one time, but microwavable oatmeal has changed my life.  It comes in exactly the flavors you’d want microwavable oatmeal to come in- apple cinnamon, maple and brown sugar, cinnamon and spice…it’s delicious!  As someone who can never bring himself to get up in time for breakfast, instant oatmeal really changes the game.

2) Quesadillas

Stock up on tortillas and shredded cheese and you’ll have a quality snack that even the most novice of cooks can execute to perfection.  Check out a skillet and use your hall’s stovetop to make a perfect quesadilla.  Or, for the lazy, a cheese quesadilla can be made right in the room with a microwave.  The cheese and tortillas will barely take up any space in your fridge.

3) Pasta

The simplicity continues as I urge you to explore the wonders of bowties and Prego    in your room.  Of course you’ll need a pot to boil the pasta, but fridge space      will be spared since only the sauce needs to be refrigerated.

 

I listed these first two items back-to-back for a reason.  Throw some of the shredded cheese on the pasta to kick things up a notch, or put pasta sauce and cheese on top of a tortilla to make a personal pizza.

4) Smoothies

Take advantage of the ice machine in your hall and blend ice and any combination of fruit and yogurt for a healthy, refreshing drink.  You can use the fruit that you accidentally walk out of the dining hall with *wink wink* to make the smoothies.

5) Anything in a crockpot

You might not have known this, but crockpots are in fact fair game to have in a residence hall room.  If that was a surprise, check out this link to find out what you are permitted and not permitted to have in your room.  Anyway, from chili to chicken to stew, if you are feeling adventurous, google a good crockpot recipe and let the crockpot take care of the rest.

Residence Hall Room Layout Tips

Many of you have requested advice for how to make the most of your room.  I have written posts like this in the past, but since the topic is in such high demand, here goes another room design issue that should help make your room feel like home.

I’m sure you all have a variety of distinguished decorative tastes, so I will focus primarily on room layouts and organization that might improve your current situation.  That being said, there are a variety of different routes you can go, so here are the best layouts I have seen during my time at Carolina.

1) Two lofted beds with desks underneath

This is probably the most traditional method. It is the flagship room layout in my opinion, and for good reason.  For students that like to study in their room, I think this layout makes the most sense.

2) Bunk beds

Bring yourself back to third grade with this camp-style layout.  I would suggest putting the desks together on the opposite side of the room to make a mega table.  For the buddy-buddy roommates that are also best friends, bunk beds will go a long way for you.

3) Lofted bed with a futon underneath, other bed on the adjacent wall

This layout works well for South Campus dorms that have permanent, immobile desks.  A television can be placed on the shelves above the desk opposite the futon, and you are set for movie nights to come.

Other layouts I have seen are mattresses on the ground with no bed frame- interesting to say the least, and two beds set up at a traditional height.  To each his own, but I think at least one lofted bed must be in place in order to best utilize the room.

Here is my all-time favorite room layout, courtesy of Alex Jeffs and Matthew Gurkin (2013-2014 Craige residents).

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5 Essential College Items

Move-In Day is only one week away, so I’m sure you’ve been working tirelessly all summer to gather the decorations and supplies you’ll need for your new room on campus. Here are a few things you may have forgotten that I recommend that every student living on campus have ready to go for the perfect room.

Damage-free hanging strips and hooks

These are essential for hanging anything on your walls: photos, banners, posters, whatever! You can’t put any holes in your walls in our residence halls, so these guys will ensure that you can cover those boring white concrete blocks with whatever your heart desires.

 

Shower caddy

If you’re living in a four-room suite, a caddy is essential, because you can’t leave any personal items in the bathroom. They’re a good idea in a two-room suite as well, because four people storing bottles in one shower can get a little crowded. In my first year on campus, I chose one with a separate mini-caddy that I could use for just my toothbrush and toothpaste, so I didn’t have to take the entire thing- shampoo bottles and all- into the bathroom multiple times a day. Forget one of these, and toting bottles back and forth will get old very quickly.

Storage drawers and bins

While your room will come with a desk and a dresser, you might find you don’t have enough storage for things like snacks and school supplies. Extra plastic bins and drawers are great because they are light and easy to move in, plus you can even pack your things in them ahead of time. If you’ll be living in Craige, Ehringhaus or Hinton James, check out this post about your built-in closet dimensions and get storage bins that will fit above your closet!

Extension cords

Because the outlet never seems to be exactly where you’d like it to be, does it? Especially handy if you plan to loft your bed and want to have a clip-on lamp up there for nighttime reading.

PS. Two-pronged extension cords are not allowed in residence halls.

 

Foam Mattress Pad

Sleep is important for a college student, so get one of these and make those eight hours count!

What do you find essential for living in a college residence hall? Share in the comments! And for an extensive To-Bring list, check out the 2014 Move-In Guide.

Top 10 First-Year Flings

A bucket list for your first year at Carolina

Students at an icecream social in Upper Quad community.
Upper Quad residents enjoy ice cream at a community program.

Everyone has their own Carolina experience. Of course it will involve studying and going to class, along with going to the dining hall and sharing a shower with your suitemates. Some get really involved in the Campus Y, some join sororities/fraternities, some volunteer, some become community governors and some play every intramural sport out there – even inner tube water polo.

But there are some things that would be a shame to miss in your first year being a Tar Heel.

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W.O.W. I’m in college!

Top 10 Events of Week of Welcome!

You just got to campus. There is so much going on: over 100 events from August 16-25, so where do you even begin? Go to as many as you can, but here is a list of the my recommended top 10 must-go-to events during your first week at Carolina:

Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on South Road.
Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on South Road.

1) FallFest! The alcohol-free celebration welcomes students to campus from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday August 18th on South Road. The 16th annual FallFest will include free food, performances by student groups and bands, games and more. This year, over 250 student organizations and recreation leagues will have information tables where students can learn to get involved at Carolina.

2) New Student Convocation. Put on your Carolina Blue and attend your official class induction on Sunday August 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Join Chancellor Carol Folt and distinguished guests in a ceremony marking your beginning as a Tar Heel.

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Top 10 Move-Out Reminders

During Finals Week, it’s easy to forget those last few things on your to-do list.

1. Take a Study Break – Make these last few days on campus before the semester ends worth it.

If your summer is going to be anything like mine, your days are limited until work, internships, summer school, awkward reunions with hometown friends and cheesy family vacations take over your life. While you’re still here, take some time to hang out in the arboretum on a sunny afternoon, play frisbee in Polk Place or have a night out with friends. With all the stress of exams, it’s hard to remember that it will be a solid three and a half months before most of us get to come back to the Hill.

Here are some events happening around campus to help you prepare for your exams:

PASS Exam Fair
Stop by the P.A.S.S. Exam Fair for snacks, crafts, scantrons, blue books and much more!
  • Finals Boot Camp, April 24-May 3 in SASB North. Stop by the Learning Center for snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops.
  • P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Union Great Hall. This event includes massages, craft stations, gaming stations, blue books, scantrons, make-your-own trail mix bar, pizza, Med Deli and much more! Sponsored by Student Wellness and Housing and Residential Education.
  • Reading Day Stress Relief with Campus Rec, Monday, April 29 in the SRC. Zumba: 4-5 p.m., Cardio Blast: 5:15-6 p.m., Muscle Cut: 6:15-7 p.m., Bliss Down Yoga: 7:15-8:15 p.m.

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Top 10 Things that Won’t Change

Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same

By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber

Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary.  You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition.  However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.

You must balance study and free time. You are at college to learn after all.

1. School is still school.  You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams.  The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same.  Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.

2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.

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Top 7 Housing Selection Mistakes

Tips for a better chance of getting a housing assignment you love

It’s time to think about where you want to live next year, and we want to help you get the best assignment you possibly can. Unfortunately, some students get caught off guard with their housing by not understanding how it all works. Avoid these classic missteps some students make in the Housing Selection Process: Continue reading Top 7 Housing Selection Mistakes

Before you climb the bell tower

Top 10 things to do before graduation

As a senior at UNC, I can’t help but reflect on all of the wonderful things this university has to offer. Read on to find out my opinion of the top 10 things every UNC student should do before graduating.

  1. This Friday, November 30th, UNC Men’s Soccer hosts Indiana on Fetzer Field. With a win on Friday, Carolina would advance to their fifth straight College Cup. Admission is free to all UNC Students.

    Experience UNC arts. Whether you are an artist yourself or just an admirer, UNC is home to a vibrant arts community. Performing arts, visual arts, literary arts – you name it, UNC has an organization (or several!) for it. See a Playmaker’s performance. Visit the Ackland Art Museum. Attend a lecture from a visiting author. You won’t be disappointed!

  2. Attend a variety of UNC athletic events. Many students live for UNC Basketball, but why stop there? UNC has amazing soccer teams, a field hockey team, a baseball team; the list goes on. Make it a goal to attend at least one game of each sport!
  3. Join a club or student organization. One of the best things about UNC is the diverse array of interests and hobbies. Chances are if you are interested in something, there are at least 10 other people here who are too. Join a club – or start your own! Continue reading Before you climb the bell tower