Category Archives: College Life

The College Ramen Diet: 5 Steps to Dress Up Your Ramen and Add Nutrition To Dorm Life

Dress up your ramen - Vanesa Anaya-Aldana

If your meal prep is assigning 21 different packets of ramen as your weekday and weekend breakfast, lunch and dinner…. you’re probably a broke college student. Or a recently divorced dad. Either way, you’re definitely looking for a quick bite that won’t break the bank. Unfortunately, having ramen for every meal can go from I’M BEING BUDGET CONSCIOUS to MY LIFE IS SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL pretty quick.

But what if we told you that ramen doesn’t have to be boring?
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The 5 Worst Parts of Thanksgiving Break

For the naive freshmen, Thanksgiving break is thought to be a time to enjoy family, catch up with old friends, and enjoy some tasty food. And the idea of a long break from school to binge on Disney+ and take frequent naps sounds like a treat.

But to the experienced upperclassmen, we know what Thanksgiving break really is … a trap.

Don’t believe us? Here are 5 reasons that Thanksgiving break is the actual worst.

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5 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

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If you’re not stressed out about something, are you even in college? Stress is a natural part of life – a little stress can be helpful when it comes to kicking yourself into high gear to complete a big project or paper. Too much stress can overwhelm though, preventing you from focusing on getting one task done because you’re too worried you won’t get anything done. 

But there’s good news – there’s a lot you can do that will cut down your stress levels! If you integrate a few of the tips below, you’re sure to reduce your stress almost instantly.
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What Majors Would The Stranger Things Cast Choose?

Summer is in full swing, the Fourth of July is on the horizon, and we can practically taste the sweet, sweet nostalgia of a Bomb Pop and Summer Break. But the cast of Stranger Things is growing up fast, and while saving Hawkins from an impending Sci-Fi apocalypse might seem like the only thing on the priority list, it might be time to put some real thought into what the future holds, and what majors they should choose when it’s finally time to leave the nest and forge their own paths in college—that is, if the town hasn’t been completely overrun by the forces at work.

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Which Disney character is your roommate?

Could you share an apartment with your favorite Disney character? It’s great to live with friends to save on the expenses of an apartment, but great friends don’t always make great roommates!

Sometimes you get lucky and your roommate situation works out perfectly, but rarely do all the types of roommates fit your preferences. We’ve made a list of some of your favorite popular Disney characters and associated them with the classic roommate archetypes that are so prevalent throughout life. The Lazy Roommate, the Clingy Roommate – you know the ones we’re talking about, because certainly you’ve had at least one. Continue reading

Making Your College Apartment Study-Friendly

When you move into your first off-campus apartment in college, it can be a little overwhelming. You’ve never had this level of freedom before! So what do you do with it? If you want to set yourself up for success, you should start by making your place as study-friendly as possible.

There are lots of ways to let your grades slip when you’re living on your own, but if you follow these tips you should have no problem staying focused and ready for whatever challenges the world of higher education throws at you!

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How To Take Advantage Of Lake Ontario At SUNY Oswego

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If you’re planning on attending SUNY Oswego this year, there’s one thing you shouldn’t neglect: Lake Ontario! Bordering Oswego to the north an expanding for miles in every direction, it seems like one of the world’s largest freshwater bodies of water would be impossible to miss. But you’d be surprised at how many Oswego students don’t know about all the wonderful activities happening at the water’s edge (and on the water’s surface, and beneath the water… but we’ll get to that shortly).

Since you’re going to need a relaxing break from searching for apartments and houses for rent near SUNY Oswego at some point, we’ve created a list of just some of the great things Lake Ontario has to offer its college residents.

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10 Easy Steps to Protect Yourself From Rental Scams in College

College is a tough time. You’re tired, stressed, overworked but somehow still broke (?) and unfortunately, you’re an easy target for scams. Rental scams have swept the nation in many different forms successfully scamming college students out of thousands of dollars and a place to live.

Rental scammers have multiple ways of targeting their victims, and it seems as if the only way to save yourself from these scams is to completely avoid them all together. So, how do you do that? A good first step is understanding what a rental scam is.

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Top 25 Winter-Ready Universities

Winter really is the most wonderful time of the year… for some. College students who love winter might not know it, but some universities are a cut above the rest when the cold hits in full force. Rather than simply enduring the huge amounts of snow they receive annually, these colleges thrive by providing students with winter festivals and events that thaw their January blues. They’re also leaders in dealing with snow by providing resources that make traversing campus easier.

To find out the top winter-ready universities, we ranked hundreds of the snowiest campuses across the nation. We scored them based on the amount of snow they receive annually, the number and magnitude of winter events sponsored by the university, the amount of salt dedicated to snow removal, and the number of heated tunnels, skyways and walkways provided to students for safe and warm walks to class. If you’re interested in the specifics of our ranking system, check out our Methods section.

And now, Rent College Pads presents: the Top 25 Most Winter-Ready Universities in the nation.

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The Top 25 Most Vegan-Friendly Universities

When you’re trying to decide where to go to college, the quality of the food might not be the first thing you think about. But if you’re vegan, you know that it’s one of the most important factors. After all, it’s going to be difficult to maintain your diet for the next four years if none of the dining halls on campus have vegan options.

While many universities are getting better at providing a variety of healthy food options for students, there are some that outshine the rest. To help you decide on a university that suits your specific nutrition needs, we’ve compiled a list based on previous national rankings, Yelp data, student reports and more. For more information on our criteria, read our Methods section after the list.

Without further ado, Rent College Pads presents: the Top 25 Most Vegan-Friendly Universities.

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