7 Staple Snacks For Your College Dorm

7 Staple Snacks For Your College Dorm

It's all about the mac and cheese, am I right?
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If it’s your freshman year, you might live on campus without a kitchen to make those meals that taste like home. The dining hall food could be amazing, but it's most likely mediocre and you probably have a love-hate relationship with the cafeteria/buffet style. You wouldn’t call yourself a picky eater, but at times nothing seems appealing, especially pork stir fry every day of the week. So here are seven must-have (and not for sharing) snacks for your college dorm room.

1. Peanut Butter

Ah, such a stable food. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just in need a quick bite before class, PB is always a go to snack. Have it on toast, on a sandwich, on crackers, with jelly or just a spoon full. Peanut butter never lets ya down (unless you’re allergic...sorry).

2. Popcorn

OK, I have a love-hate relationship with microwave popcorn because there’s always that one person in your 500-person dorm (with the most sensitive smoke detectors on campus) that doesn’t read the directions, pops it for WAY too long and either catches the sh*t on fire or almost catches the sh*t on fire. Either way, all of you are screwed because the person just got back from partying and it is 2:30 AM on the coldest night you’ve had all year. #Relatable? Or just me?

I’ll take the pre-popped Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn, please.

3. Cereal

I would say Mini Wheats with unsweetened almond milk, but whether you like Lucky Charms or Golden Grahams — you can’t go wrong with your favorite cereal. If you don’t eat cereal after a night out, you’re doing it all wrong.

4. Bananas

A healthy and easy on-the-go snack or breakfast. Peanut butter and bananas equal the perfect pair in my eyes. You can also start your day off fresh with some Gwen Stefani.

5. Mac and cheese

OK, I know it’s not the healthiest option out there, but I’d be lying if I said I don't eat mac and cheese for dinner at least once a week (or twice if I want to be super honest.) Whether it’s Velveeta, Kraft or my mom’s homemade — I’m here for it.

6. Almonds or trail mix

The dorm is all about convenience and you can pick a mix with chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet treat cravings without packing on the infamous Freshman 15.

7. Cheez-Its

I mean, they do come in over 26 flavors and varieties, so you can find the perfect Cheez-It for you.

College can be rough at times, especially while adjusting during your freshman year. When you’re a real adult, you’ll look back and be thankful for the pre-paid 12 meals a week meal plan. You’ll reminisce about the warm chocolate chips cookies and the fabulous yogurt bar, and you’ll be thankful for your college body that allowed you to eat chocolate and vanilla swirl soft-serve ice cream with dark chocolate chips every other night.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Profit Over The People

Diversity comes in various forms; whether it be culturally or fiscally, there are several ways to identify people as similar or different. The city of Miami, FL loves to advertise its diversity when it comes to attracting tourists, yet it is choosing profit over its people.

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The google definition for gentrification is "the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste." Which seems extremely palatable, but the gross and harsh reality is that gentrification is the destruction of housing in impoverished areas to then construct neighborhoods of higher value. And in that process, the homes, memories, and culture of those areas are erased off the face of the earth as if they never existed.

The residents of these homes do receive compensation for giving up their homes, but not nearly enough to find an alternative housing solution. This has been the case for the city of Miami for quite some time now; placing shopping malls and luxury condominiums on top of the memories and homes of families that have resided in the same area for decades on end.

According to the 2015 and 2016 census, Miami ranks second worst in the nation for income and poverty levels, yet officials deem it appropriate to further the expansion of luxury living and attraction by ridding of the low-income communities. The homeless population in the city of Miami has been a major concern for years; but instead of addressing said issue, they are simply contributing to it by further permitting these expansions to occur.

These construction projects not only contribute to pre-existing traffic problem in the city of Miami due to overpopulation but leaves those who once had a home, out on the streets. There is a total of 179,200 households in Miami-Dade County, 44% of those house children under the age of 18 years old and the household poverty rate in Miami- Dade County was 21.3%, according to the 2013 ACS.

What are the odds of there being households that fall under both of those categories; not only is gentrification putting paying citizens out on the streets, but their children as well.

Allowing the private agendas of public officials affect our neighbors in such a manner is merciless. A large part of Miami consists of low-income areas, yet they have been falling off the map little by little over time. They are starting from the bottom up, and what once was considered a middle-class community will soon be deemed a low-income area in comparison to new structures.

When will it stop? The living expenses in Miami are already unmanageable, but if this continues Miami will soon lose all of its original residences and cultures. Left in the remains of a once culturally thriving and accepting community will be a playground for the wealthy, built on the soil of what used to be home to a culturally, economically and experientially diverse community.

The unfortunate matter is that this isn't only happening in the city of Miami, but in various large cities across the country. Pushing low-income housing off the map, contributing to the homeless population, to then drive initiatives to relocate the homeless if they are found in affluent neighborhoods.

How can one rise to the occasion in hopes of creating a better life, if they are constantly being pushed down by institutionalized prevention? Gentrification is a national issue; a country that prides itself on opportunity and progress is slowly evolving into a country for the wealthy.

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