Is Sorority Rush for Me? – Your Questions, Answered

Sorority rush is a period of time during either the fall or spring semester when sorority chapters choose new potential members. They want to get to know the ladies who may be joining their ranks. Not everyone will be fit for the sorority recruitment process, but if you feel that you may be a good candidate these are some possible questions (and the corresponding answers) you may have.

How Is It Being Around So Many Women All the Time?

One thing that you’ll have to understand is that when you are around a lot of women, there are a variety of personalities that you will encounter. Some sorority sisters will be nice and friendly while others will be difficult and challenging to deal with.

But the great thing about being in a sorority with a lot of women is that you are more likely to meet someone who you really get along with. Many sorority members meet lifelong friends during the rush process and beyond.

How Difficult Is it to Answer Questions Asked by Current Sisters?

During sorority rush and recruitment you should expect to be asked a lot of questions by the current members. They want to get to know you and what you are all about. They want to ensure that you will be a hard-working member of their organization if accepted. Be prepared for questions like “why do you want to join this specific sorority?” That answer will require you to do some research on the background and history of their organization. You’ll also be asked questions about yourself, like how you’re doing in school, and what are your priorities.

Think of it as an informal job interview. If you were accepted into college, you will generally know what to say when you’re being interviewed, so relax and let the words flow. Be honest and authentic. Also, be prepared with solid questions of your own to ask members.

How Long Does the Sorority Rush Process Usually Take?

The length of the sorority rush process varies depending on the organization and chapter. But in a lot of cases you can expect for it to last for at least a couple of weeks. Be prepared to spend a lot of time attending sorority-hosted events during that period.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Getting a Bid?

Be yourself. Do not feel that you have to put on an act in order to impress the members, because they can see right through that. Always dress to impress, smell good, and take care of the details (such as hair, nails, and light makeup), but don’t overdo it. Try to make a strong connection with at least one of the members, who will most likely advocate for you in the bid selection process.

What is the Most Exciting Part of Rushing a Sorority?

Young women join sororities for all sorts of reasons, but the main reason is that they want to be social and have an exciting experience while in college. One of the most exciting parts of rushing a sorority is that you get to meet new people who you may not have met under any other circumstances on campus. You have a chance to expand your social skills, which will help you in the future. And of course, there are the parties and gatherings you’ll be expected to attend with a sea of women wearing their colorful sorority paraphernalia and Greek lettered clothing.

Hopefully some of your questions about sorority rush and whether it is right for you have been answered here. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know a large group of women who you might fall in love with.

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The Best Healthy Recipes On-the-Go

When you’re both a college student and sorority or fraternity member living in the dorms, you probably won’t have much time to make normal sit-down breakfasts, lunches, or even dinners when you’re on the run. But you still have to eat. A good diet is important if you want to do well in school, pay attention in class, and still have energy to keep up with your duties as a member of a Greek organization on campus. Here are a few ideas for healthy on-the-go recipes you can make and take in a matter of minutes.

 

Avocado and Eggs

One of the simplest on-the-go breakfasts you can make is a couple of eggs with a few slices of avocado on top. You get a quick dose of protein, healthy fat, and fiber. And there’s no need to pull out a pan—just crack a couple of eggs in a bowl and microwave for a minute or two. Add your avocado slices and some salt and pepper on top.

 

Bananas and Strawberries

Fruit is always a good choice for a healthy breakfast. One tasty fruit combination is sliced strawberries and bananas. Add a dollop of yogurt on top to give some probiotic power to your fruit breakfast for the day. Yogurt is good for your digestive system, is high in protein, and has a lot of the nutrients your body needs to get through the day. You’ll need those nutrients when you’re sitting in a sorority or fraternity meeting that runs long after a full day of classes.

 

Quick Wrap

When you want a meal on-the-go, you want it to be easy to carry and eat no matter where you are on campus. One simple meal idea is to make quick wraps. You can pick up a pack of about 10 tortilla wraps for a few dollars at your local grocery store. Then grab a couple of cans of tuna fish or chunk chicken (which also comes in a can). Finally, get a bag of lettuce that has all of your favorite veggies. Insert everything into your wrap (along with your favorite condiments), roll it up in aluminum foil, toss it in your school bag, and go!

 

Black Beans, Chicken, and Cauliflower Rice

If have a night class or a late-night commitment with your sorority or fraternity group, you’re probably going to want to bring a little dinner with you so that your stomach isn’t rumbling at the quietest moments.

 

Make a serving of cauliflower rice (it usually only takes a few minutes). Sear some sliced chicken in a pan, add a half a can of low sodium black beans, and then mix in the rice. Scoop the mixture into small containers to take with you each day. This is a filling on-the-go meal that will give you a healthy serving of vitamin C, protein, iron, and fiber.

 

Quick Healthy Casserole

If you visit your local dollar store, you’ll find small casserole pans made for baked meals. A quick casserole for one is surprisingly easy to make—just chop up the ingredients and put it in the oven on 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then you can scoop some out into a storage container before heading out each day. You can enjoy it in your car or while walking to class. Here are a few ideas for healthy casseroles that are packed with nutrients:

 

  • Sliced potatoes, sliced red peppers, chopped white onions, and shredded provolone cheese or parmesan. This is a good source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
  • Chicken sausage, broccoli, and spinach topped with mozzarella cheese. This a good source of calcium, fiber, vitamin C, and more.
  • Asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, and tomatoes with ground turkey or sliced turkey sausage topped with cheddar cheese. This is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and protein.

 

Make sure you add granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to your casserole mixtures for the best flavor. Also, use dairy-free cheese and omit the meat if you want a vegan option.

 

Having a healthy meal on-the-go will be easier if you take the time to meal prep at the beginning of each week, putting the food you prepare into containers for storage in your fridge. Do whatever you have to do to ensure that you are getting healthy meals each day before you attend classes, meetings, and sorority or fraternity recruitment activities.

 

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5 Products Greeks Can’t Live Without in the Summertime

When you see this list of 5 products that you and your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers might not be able to live without in the summertime, it might inspire you to pick out a few things before your next outing.

  1. Super Large Beach Towel

If you’ve ever gone to the beach on a 90-degree day, you know how hot it is stepping into that piping hot summer sand. Imagine having to sit on it! That’s why an oversized sorority beach towel is something you ought to have packed in your trunk and ready to go if you’re an official beach bum. If you bring a beach chair, get a striped beach towel for Greeks to drape over it and dry off after a dip in the ocean.

  1. Sorority and Fraternity V-Necks

The last thing you want in a t-shirt when it’s really hot outside is a tight collar that doesn’t allow you to get some air around your neck and shoulders. That’s why a sorority or fraternity v-neck is a must-have for the summertime. GreekGear.com has them in all sorts of colors (for both the t-shirt and your Greek letters) and styles to ensure that you have plenty to grab for road trips, picnics, and barbecues.

  1. Greek Face Masks

In today’s world, we all have a new concern to be aware of every time we walk out of the door. We need to ensure that we protect ourselves and others by wearing face masks when we’re in public and around large groups of people. Order up a box of Greek Face Masks for you and your chapter to wear this summer (while you’re socially distancing outdoors, of course).

  1. A Proper Fraternity or Sorority Visor

You want to feel the wind blowing in your hair, but you don’t necessarily want the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays beaming down on your face all summer long. A Greek visor is the best compromise. It allows you to cover your eyes, forehead, and much of the rest of your face while allowing your hair to air out (or dry out after you’ve left the water).

  1. Easy to Stuff Sorority or Fraternity Tote or Bag

Sure, you have so many ideas of where you and your sorority sisters and fraternity brothers will travel together this summer, but what are you going to carry all of your stuff in? There’s no need to pack up a large luggage bag when you’re road tripping or heading to the beach. All you need is a good tote bag to carry a few colorful sorority or fraternity shirts, a few pairs of shorts, and your most crucial electronics. Check out these sorority and fraternity tote bags from Greek Gear and pick out a few to keep on deck when you’re ready to head out with your crew.

Of course you can technically live without them, but these 5 Greek-lettered products definitely will make you feel better as you enjoy some sun and fun with your sorority sisters and fraternity brothers this summer. They are also an easy way to promote your organization for the upcoming fall recruitment season.

 

 

 

 

 

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I read every day – I have conversations with my children, co workers and Friends – I see change happening – it makes me feel hopeful and helpless at the same time.  I have learned so much from my children, their acceptance of everyone and their willingness to stand up for what is right.  I am having those hard conversations with others and with myself.

My brother who is in the military told me about a coworker who is black and he asked her if she feels there is racism in the military – she gave a few examples.  How the uniform rules affect her beautiful hair and how affirmative action really works.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE JUST HANDED THE JOB – YOU HAVE THE SAME SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS, DEGREES & WORK EXPERIENCE AS THE OTHER CANDIDATE – IT IS BASICALLY THE TIE BREAKER FOR EQUALLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES!  They are not less deserving or given anything – They worked, in many cases harder than the candidate they are up against – So stop giving the elbow nudge and trying to feel better about yourself because someone else equally deserving beat you out.

If you can add to this, please do so in the comments – I am eager to learn and understand.

This post seems like a perfect opportunity to again promote the United Negro College Fund.  Please think about giving.  GIVE HERE!

College tuition hikes and decreasing financial aid have caused more and more students to apply to UNCF for assistance each year.

However, they can only support one out of every 10 students who applies. Therefore, nine out of 10 deserving, ambitious students have to be told “no.” Why? Because they do not have sufficient funds. These students are our future health professionals, social workers, teachers, government policy makers, and military men and women—they are the future prosperity of our nation. We must do more. And with your help they can.

 

Greekgear + GreekU will continue to donate to the UNCF – We want to continue to become a part of the solution.

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5 Recipes to Make with Your Sorority Sisters This Week

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Cooking with others is a bonding exercise, so if you want to create stronger bonds with your sorority sisters, this is a wonderful idea. But what should you make? Just start off with easy recipes that everyone will love. You and your sorority sisters will have a great time making these five easy and tasty recipes this week or weekend.

Guacamole and Chips

Who doesn’t like guacamole? It doesn’t take that long to make a fresh, healthy batch of guacamole with your sorority sisters. All you need is about five ingredients: a few avocados, an onion (preferably white), a lime, Himalayan pink salt, and a tomato if you prefer. Get the juice out of the lime, chop everything else up finely and mash everything together with a fork. Make sure you give everyone a task to complete perfectly. Pick your favorite chips for dipping and have a fun movie night with your sorority sisters.

Easy Pasta!

Pasta with tomato sauce. It is so delicious and so simple to make. You can make it from scratch with a can of crushed or diced tomatoes, garlic powder, and an Italian seasoning mix. Or you can buy a couple of jars of tomato sauce from the supermarket that has all of the best ingredients.

Add a little ground turkey or beef in the pot with olive oil first and cook it until it’s browned. Then add your sauce and seasonings. Let it all simmer for an hour or so. Boil enough pasta to feed everyone and cook it about 10 minutes until it’s al dente (done, but not too soft). While you wait, turn on some tunes so that you and your sorority sisters can dance, have some fun, and work up an appetite before dinner.

The great thing about this easy meal is that you don’t have to add meat if you are going vegetarian or vegan. Or you can make one pot with meat and one without. Enjoy!

A Big Pot of Chicken Noodle Soup

On a cold fall or winter night, there is nothing like a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup. Make it from scratch with your sorority sisters.

First chop up a few chicken breasts and let the chicken fry in olive oil in a large pot. Pour in water and low sodium vegetable broth, which only costs about $2-$3 per box. Add salt, pepper, garlic, turmeric (if you have it) and let it simmer on medium heat for about an hour. After that, add some egg noodles which you can find at the supermarket for about $2 as well. Organic rice noodles are also great.

The pot of chicken noodle soup will be ready after about 10 more minutes. Serve it up in bowls and sit together in your living room or dorm bedroom. Wrap yourself up with your favorite sorority blankets or a warm Greek hoodie sweatshirt and have a nice chat with your sisters.

Quick Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon

You don’t always have to pull out a frying pan to make eggs and bacon for breakfast. If you have an air fryer at your sorority house which only costs about $50, you can just put the bacon in there to cook.

So, wake up early with your sorority sisters and start making a quick air fryer and microwave breakfast for everyone.

Cut the bacon in half and put it in the air fryer for about 10-15 minutes on 350 (watch it closely). Meanwhile, crack a few eggs into a microwave safe bowl, mix it up with some salt and pepper, cover with a napkin and put it in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Easy and quick breakfast before you head to class.

The Love Pizza

A sorority is about bonding, making compromises, and getting along. One way that you can increase your bond is to create a love pizza.

You can buy pizza dough at your local supermarket for about $2. You can also buy good dough from your local pizza restaurant. Grab some flour and the dough and start forming it into a heart shape with your fists and hands. Use a roller pin to flatten it. Add tomato sauce, cheese, and preheat your oven on about 350.

An important part of making a love pizza is ensuring that everyone’s desires and needs are met in the pie. So, make sure that everyone has their specific toppings in various places on the pizza pie.

Aren’t you excited to try these five recipes with your sorority sisters this week? You can make this a regular thing, and everyone will enjoy the time you’ll be spending together. So time to make a quick trip to your local grocery store and get to work!

We Can Do More!

Our business was nearly destroyed by the Covid-19 shutdowns.  Colleges were closed and the last thing on peoples minds was ordering Fraternity & Sorority merchandise.  We had to let many from of our team go and barely hung on not knowing what tomorrow would bring.  Three months later, we still are taking things week by week, but something amazing happened in May.  Business started to return.  Business we have always been thankful for, but this time we were so much more aware where it was coming from.  Yes, all groups were ordering, but it was the Divine 9 that helped keep us working.  Their lifelong loyalty and dedication to their organizations and to the Greek system made me even more thankful every day.

I’ve always thought of myself as inclusive and a lover of most people (except those that are unkind), but that is not enough.  We support and buy from Black businesses, we give back to the organizations and I feel we offer incredible customer service, but we can do more.

So today, we will begin by donating to the: https://uncf.org/ways-to-donate, we have spoken to our customer service team to be even more accommodating and understanding to our customers needs.  We do not know the struggles they are facing and we need to be a source of positivity in their lives.  I also will seek out more black businesses to support and buy from, so we can partner together.  I know this is not enough, but it is more that we did yesterday and I hope with each day, we can do more and more to be a part of the solution.

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10 Signs You Need to Join a Sorority or Fraternity

Not everyone is meant to join a Greek organization, but there are certain people who are very good candidates for Greek life, for one reason or another. You must have a passion for the things that fraternities and sororities are passionate about and understand what is required. Think about these 10 signs that you may benefit from joining a sorority or fraternity while you’re in college.

 

  1. You Were an Only Child

It isn’t uncommon for someone who was an only child to have an interest in joining a sorority or fraternity when they attend college. It is an opportunity to finally have a sisterhood or brotherhood experience that you may have missed out on when you were younger.

 

  1. Most of Your Friends Are Already in a Fraternity or Sorority

If you have a lot of friends who are members of one particular organization that you’re interested in, it’s only natural that you would want to join that sorority or fraternity. It just adds to the friendship experience.

 

  1. You Have a Sense of Ambition and Business Acumen

One of the great things about being in a sorority or fraternity is that you learn how to handle your business. You are going to be expected to be a part of the chapter’s board at some point, or to attend business meetings on behalf of the chapter. You are also going to have to help organize fundraising events and social activities that are crucial to your recruitment efforts. This is a great place to learn about protocol, organizing, and general business activities.

 

  1. You Love to Have a Good Time

When you join a Greek-lettered organization, one of the first things you are told is that it is not all about fun and games. But here’s a secret… being in a sorority or fraternity is very exciting and fun when you manage things well! And don’t forget how cool it is to finally be able to wear Greek-lettered clothing around your campus and decorate your dorm room with paraphernalia.

 

  1. You’re Tired of Your Roommate

One of the benefits of joining a sorority or fraternity is that you will probably be able to move out of your current dorm room and into the chapter house. If you are not happy with your current roommate situation, this may be the perfect opportunity to start anew in a different place, with different people. You’ll also have plenty of excuses to outfit your new room with fraternity or sorority signs, lettered picture frames, and other happy things.

 

  1. You Are a Legacy

Let’s face it. If you are a legacy, meaning that you have a mother, father, aunt, uncle, or other family member who was a member of the fraternity or sorority, they are going to pressure you incessantly about looking into joining their Greek organization.

 

  1. You Already Have Some Step Routines in Mind 

Members of Black Greek-lettered organizations are well known for hosting step shows and strolling competitions. It’s a long-held tradition that is believed to have started in the early 1900s. If you quietly have some unique dance or step routines in mind that might help the chapter win some prize money in the future, that might motivate you to join a sorority or fraternity.

 

  1. You Love Doing Community Service and Helping Others

You will soon learn that community service and serving the community in general is a huge part of being in a sorority or fraternity. If you have a genuine love and appreciation for community service and helping other people, you can make big strides by joining a Greek organization in college.

 

  1. You Are Not a Follower; You’re a Leader

Some people falsely assume that people who join sororities and fraternities are followers. But the truth is that Greeks are community, social, and school leaders. They are forced to do things that most people cannot, including stepping up in leadership roles. It could be presiding over a panel at a state meeting or managing the chapter’s budget to make sure that your books balance. Sororities and fraternities are full of leaders.

 

  1. You’ve Done Your Research

Before you join a 100-year-old institution, it’s wise to do some research on it. Who joined in the past? Do you admire those people? What are they known for accomplishing? What are the organization’s ideals and principles? Does the fraternity or sorority provide adequate support to its members as far as camaraderie and professional advancement opportunities? These are all important things to investigate before you commit yourself to an organization for life.

 

After reading these 10 signs you need to join a sorority or fraternity, you might be even more charged up about attending the next rush or recruitment event on campus. Learn everything you can about the organization you’re interested in and put your best foot forward to ensure that you’re offered a bid or a chance at membership.

Greek Week: Make it the Best Week Ever

What is Greek week? It’s the one week out of the month, toward the beginning of the semester, when sorority and fraternity chapters have a chance to celebrate and promote Greek life. It’s also a chance for members to meet potentials. A series of events are held by Greek organizations on campus, ranging from speaking panels to parties to community service initiatives to help facilitate socializing between Greek members and their interests. The office that oversees sorority and fraternity relations is often closely involved with the promotion of Greek week for new students. Here are a few ideas for how you and your sorority sisters or frat brothers can make Greek week the best week ever for your group and potential new members.

 

Lively, Noteworthy, Timely Panel Topics

Some people look at talking panel events and forums as boring, but they often turn out to be very interesting as long as the topic you choose is timely and relevant to students. Pick a topic for your panel that is high on the mind of kids at your school. For instance:

 

  • Is online dating still worth the time?
  • How can you juggle school work with a difficult family life?
  • Managing depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as a student.
  • What can students on campus do each day to help with climate change (recycling, biking to class, etc.)?
  • What myths or rumors have you heard about Greek life?

 

When you get a lively conversation going at a speaking panel, it will be a moment that your attendees won’t soon forget. They’ll likely begin to look forward to attending more of your events so that they can have their say and get to know you more.

 

Community Service Awards

People like to feel appreciated and acknowledged. Whichever community service project you choose for Greek week, you can make it even more special and show your appreciation by adding a short award ceremony after the good work is completed. Present a small award to the hardest-working potential new member in attendance, the most thoughtful or personable helper, and of course a special gift for the person who helped you coordinate the event. Some ideas for awards or gifts include custom drinkware, personalizable t-shirts or hoodies, and lasered Greek plaques.

 

Host a Party and a Pre-Party

Almost every Greek week finishes off with a big party, usually held at the chapter house. Consider having a two-part party — one early in the evening for special invitees (including the potential new members who you’re interested in), and then a big classic college bash for everyone on campus. Host the pre-party in a reserved area of a local restaurant or lounge, complete with music, a dancing area, and food. If it’s in the budget, get a party van for transporting your group. This will make it easier to bond with potential new members before the main party and make them feel special.

 

The Best Para on Campus

What you wear to Greek week is almost as important as what you do. Set aside a stash in your chapter budget to order high quality t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies, and other wearable Greek merchandise for each member of your chapter. For instance, the lettered sorority V-neck T-shirt, the Fraternity & Sorority Comfort Colors Garment-Dyed Quarter Zip Sweatshirt, and the Sorority Carson New Englander Rain Jacket for early spring.

 

Greek week could be the best week ever this year if you start getting ready now. Be sure to consult the Greek Gear team for bulk orders of sorority and fraternity merchandise to help take your parties, events, and campus promotions to the next level.

Pro Tips for Eating Healthy in the Dorms – In the Most Inexpensive Way

One of the first things people will warn you about when you start college is the “freshman 15.” It’s added weight that you will put on from eating unhealthy foods in the dining halls and also eating cheap fast food in the area. You can get everything from waffles to grilled cheese to pizza in an abundant supply at your campus, and those three large meals a day can definitely add inches to your waistline. You also may start to feel more tired and sluggish from the poor food choices you’re making.

It’s even more stressful to stay fit and healthy when you’re overwhelmed by not just school, but your responsibilities as a fraternity or sorority member. How do you keep up the energy, eat healthier, manage with a tight budget, and save time when preparing meals for yourself?

Here are some tips for how to eat healthier when you’re living in the dorms in the most inexpensive way — it might inspire you to save some money and cancel your meal plan.

Rice Noodles Over Ramen

One of the staples for students in college is ramen noodles. But cheap 33 cent ramen noodle packets are not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. Try something different: look for rice noodles, which are similar to ramen noodles but much healthier. You can buy a pack of three (and stretch it to six) for a couple of dollars at the supermarket or a Whole Foods. Find seasoning packets and Pho broths that are lower in sodium and free from monosodium glutamate.

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast is one of the most difficult meals to commit to when you’re a student in college. to make things easier and make sure that you have a healthy protein-rich breakfast, make little mini breakfast bowls that you can pop in the microwave. Crack a couple of eggs in a small microwavable bowl (spray the bowl with olive oil if you have it) and add a bit of kale or spinach. Heat for 1:45 minutes and add a bit of shredded cheese if you’d like. Choose a low sodium breakfast meat (preferably turkey bacon or sausage) and heat it up in the bowl as well. Grab it along with a fork and go!

Mini Casserole Meals

One of the benefits of being a single college student is that you only have to prepare meals for yourself. Your local dollar store sells small circular baking pans that are perfect for creating one serving meals that can stretch to 2 servings. Here are a few ideas for what to put in your small pan to bake on 375 for about 20-45 minutes:

  • Chicken drumsticks (they cost about $2 per pack) and chopped onions (season everything with salt, pepper, and garlic powder).
  • Lasagna bake (one pack of oven ready lasagna for $3 will last you for over a month). Get an 8-ounce pack of mozzarella (about $2) and a jar of tomato sauce from the dollar store. Add a little spinach between the layers to make it healthier.
  • Roasted vegetable medley (for vegans). You can either buy a package of pre-chopped veggies for a few dollars (look for ones that are on manager’s special for a discount). Or get a head of broccoli, a bag of carrots, and snap peas or green beans. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting.

 

Salad Bar Runs

You can get a lot of ingredients to keep in the fridge at your dorm from salad bars and only spend a few dollars at a time. These ingredients can help you put easy and tasty meals together. If you’re lucky enough to have a healthy and clean salad bar in your area, visit every few days to get these items and more:

  • Shredded cheese that you can sprinkle on things
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Chicken breast slices for salads
  • Turkey
  • Tomato slices

Word to the Wise: Invest in an Air Fryer

Many modern college dorms have stoves and ovens, but some do not. Even if you do have an oven or stove, you probably don’t have a lot of time to crank them up, cook, then clean up between studying and going to sorority or fraternity meetings.

You might hear angelic music playing when you finally get an air fryer for your dorm room. It’s a portable kitchen tool that “fries” and bakes things in about 15 minutes. There is no need for unhealthy oils. You just put your food inside, set it, go back to studying, and come back when you’re ready to eat. A small one costs about $60 and it’s worth every penny. Ask your parents for one for your birthday!

These pro tips for eating healthy in the dorms will change your college life — and your waistline — for the better. And best of all, you can make better daily food choices inexpensively by getting a little creative.