Up until now, either mom made your food, or you went to the college cafeteria. However, if you have recently moved out of the dorms and into a college apartment, this may be the first time that you have to cook for yourself.
While many a student has survived on Ramen noodles, you do not have to. Here are some tips so that you do not end up having Pop-Tarts for dinner, again.
First and foremost, you need to get with your roommates. Not only can you split the cooking duties so that everyone gets a turn, you can also split the cost of pots, pans, and other utensils. You can also go in for groceries together, as well. This will not only decrease the amount of money you spend at the supermarket, it will also make it so that you are not throwing away spoiled milk.
Additionally, when you and your roommates work together in the kitchen, you will become closer and even become friends if you were not already. Furthermore, you will be cooking for more than one person. This will make it easier because you will not have to worry about scaling down the recipe to make the meal just for yourself.
If you live in the Thatcher Apartments, then you will probably have people over to eat often. Therefore, you should find some basic recipes with few steps and even fewer ingredients when first starting to cook. No worries if you burn your first few meals, this apartment complex is close to many restaurants, as well.
While the restaurants that are close to Eastern Arizona College Housing, do not get too reliant on them. The costs add up quickly and you will end up not having money for groceries or food if you go out for every meal. Furthermore, cooking at home is healthier than eating out, so you will save calories, salt, and sugar intake, as well.
This means that you can also take food with you to school. Leftovers often taste better the next day and you will be amazed at the amount of money you save by making your coffee at home instead of buying it on the go. Not only that, but you already know how to make sandwiches and other on-the-go foods.
Speaking of knowledge, probably the biggest thing that most college students need when cooking for themselves in their off-campus apartment for the first time is self-confidence. You need to know that even if it does not turn out right the first time, you can do this. If you were able to find the right place to live with the right people, then you can follow a recipe and make a meal.
You get yourself up every morning and get yourself to class. You do your own laundry and only had a few white things turn pink. You also help to keep your place clean. Cooking should not be that scary. Once you get good at basic stuff, then you can move on to the more complex. You got this.