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Food Necessities: Dorm Edition

Whether you’re getting an unlimited meal plan or not, you’re still going to need some sort of food in your room. While you may be awake at 2 a.m. finishing homework, the dining hall workers won’t be. They need a break too! On school nights, Chase is open until midnight, so you get a little breathing room, but after that, it’s every student for themselves. Plus, chances are, even if you do get hungry at a time that the dining halls are open, you’re bound to experience at least one wave of laziness where you don’t want to make the trek to the dining hall (it’s not always a sunny, 75 degrees outside). Trust me, being a Florida native, this past winter season was miserable. It may only have been 50 degrees out, but I’m telling you wind chill is a real thing and it definitely makes it feel 30, so walking to Chase or Lenoir was not at the top of my agenda. And for all you Northerners saying you’re used to the cold, welllllll it also rains here in North Carolina, and if you aren’t in the business of getting soaked, I strongly suggest keeping a few of these in your room:

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Ramen noodles and/or Easy Mac:

There is a reason everyone associates dorm food with them, ramen noodles and easy mac WILL be your lifesavers. There’s just no way around it. Any variation of instant pasta will do, but these two are the cheapest. All you need is the pasta, water, and 3 minutes of your time, and then voila, you have yourself a whole meal! If you want to get creative, add a few herbs and spices. It’ll take it from your traditional microwavable meal to one worthy of Gordon Ramsay (okay exaggerating a little).

Lunchables:

It might’ve been since fifth grade since you had a lunchable, but don’t underestimate them. These are the perfect snacks for when you’re hungrier than just chips, but not hungry enough for a full meal. My favorite is the classic ham and cheese (it brings oreos!!), but you can’t go wrong with the nachos either. For days you wish your classes were as easy as in elementary school, lunchables bring you one step closer to your inner 10 year old.

Chips/Goldfish:

For when you need something salty to munch on, these are the perfect snack items. They’re cheap, unmessy, and honestly very yummy. Chips and queso? Chips and salsa? Goldfish? Doritos? Get a variety pack and avoid boredom.

Bagels:

Those 8 a.m. classes are tough, honestly even the 9:05 and 10:10 classes can be hard to get to some days. When you don’t have time to get breakfast beforehand, make sure to keep your room stocked with bagels. They’re yummier than plain bread, but still filling, and they’re something you can eat as you run to class. For those of you with a fridge, feel free to keep some cream cheese or butter. It’ll be just like you stopped by Alpine.

Bananas/Cuties:

My first year, a group of my friends created this “banana challenge” as a joke. They challenged you to eat a whole banana under 10 seconds, and yes, it’s as hard as it sounds. One time, they “banana’d” me, forcing me to start the challenge. They were chanting my name to get me to do it, and soon enough, that whole area of the dining hall was shouting “Valentina! Valentina!” It was mortifying, to say the least. I didn’t end up eating the banana in the dining hall, not with all those people staring, but I did take it back to my dorm room. That’s when I realized I had just done something. Why use a swipe trying to get a banana, when I could just take one the night before and save it in my room? Try this every time you’re in Chase. Don’t leave without a banana. As for cuties, who doesn’t love them? The Target on Franklin sells them year round, so be sure to stock up.

Granola bars/trail mix:

Do I even need to explain this one? Perfect for on the go, perfect in the morning, perfect at night… There is really no bad time for granola bars or trail mix. Definitely buy one with m&m’s in it- no one eats the normal kind anyway.

Something sweet:

Everyone has a sweet tooth. When you’re on South campus and don’t want to walk a mile for Lenoir cookies, make sure to keep something sweet in your room. I found cookies or chocolates work best because they don’t expire quickly, but definitely, if you’re a baker and you enjoy cupcakes on the weekly, keep some cake mix in your dorm. It’ll come in handy if you ever forget about your roommate’s birthday.

Pro tip:

Many of these foods require a fridge or microwave, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring both. One of the great blessings of having a roommate is you guys can decide what each person is bringing. Divide and conquer. Now that room assignments are out, get in contact with your roommate and start talking about who is bringing what. There is no point (or space) to have two of each item.

A (Semi-Serious) Guide to Registering for Classes

How to get the classes you want without shedding years off of your life.

It might just be the indecisive NC weather, but it seems like we’re approaching the end of the school year! That’s right, only one more month of excruciating Mondays and nights in Davis. If you’re not hit with the nostalgia of senior year, you probably have to register for classes. I created this guide so that you don’t end up doing something like clicking on the wrong button when you’re registration time starts (I may have done this).

Step 1: Check Your Time

Time to pull out your four-leaf clover, because this part is all luck. I heard a rumor that UNC gives you two good times, two bad times, and two okay times, but this still has to be proven. Make sure you know your registration time and plan accordingly! Pro Tip: If you have a 9:00 a.m. registration time, you will probably get into that 300 person class. Just sayin’.

Step 2: Make your schedules!

For me, this is the most fun part of the process (I am saying this as an experienced online shopper). Here, you can at least pretend that you’re considering taking 8ams. In my opinion, Connect Carolina’s schedule planner is the best way to schedule classes. You can access it by clicking Plan -> Shopping Cart -> Schedule Planner (located underneath the search button).

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Step 3: Wait

So you know your registration time, filled your shopping cart up the wazoo, and made realistic schedules for yourself—now what? Well, all you can do is wait… and get ready for the madness that is class registration.

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It’s showtime.

Step 5: OHMYGOSHCLICKCLICKCLICK (AKA REGISTER)

All that time spent hovering over the button has come to this! I would use an online world clock to be sure you aren’t clicking too early or too late. My only advice for this part of the registration process is to click like you’re semester depends on it.

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Step 6: Celebrate!

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You did it!

Congratulations, you are registered for another semester at UNC! If you don’t get the classes you want, don’t freak out. Just keep an eye out for those classes throughout the rest of the semester and summer.

I hope this post helps relieve at least some of the stress you’re feeling. It may sound cliche, but things always work out in the end.