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The CollegeBound Network | February 26, 2014

With the 86th Academy Awards airing this coming weekend, we thought it would be fun to hand out a few awards of our own — college-bound style! While there won’t be any pre-awards red carpet coverage or celebrities dressed in pricey gowns and diamond jewelry for our awards, we hope you’ll enjoy our show, which we promise will not keep you up past midnight.

And the awards go to…

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With all the negativity in the headlines, it’s a welcome treat to read about heartwarming acts of kindness, or watch a viral video along those lines. Here’s one with an educational spin that made us a little misty… [Read More]

If Christmas Characters Went to College…

Dawn Papandrea | December 16, 2013

Ever wonder what your favorite holiday cartoon characters were like back in their college days? Probably not, but The CollegeBound Network couldn’t help putting on its “ghost of college past” hat to see what these classic characters majored in. Here’s what we discovered… [Read More]

Fun College Flash Mobs on a Campus Near You

Lori Johnston | September 26, 2012

With the new semester under way, there are more flash mobs popping up on college campuses.

Flash mobs – whether you love them or hate them – are becoming a part of campus life, and a new tradition for new students. Impromptu groups are dancing at the student center, popping up around freshman during orientation, celebrating at graduation ceremonies, or marking big moments like proposals.

When they’re well done, they’re awesome. But there are some cringe-worthy flash mobs, too, with unimpressive dance moves or a bored crowd. Some are sponsored by college and student organizations; others are just students wanting to be a little crazy on campus. [Read More]

Five 15-Minute Recipes for College

Lori Johnston | August 22, 2012

Last week we brought you the healthy meals to make in college... this week, it’s quick and easy ones!

When it’s the difference between eating and sleeping or studying in college, taking time to make your own food probably won’t win out. It may seem easier to grab a candy bar or something unhealthy than to make a nutritious meal in college.

But there’s hope! Nisa Burns, a culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach and author of Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food (Oct 2012), shared some of her favorite recipes for quick dorm-friendly college meals.

Banana Cinnamon Waffles

A great thing about this recipe is that it is easy, well-balanced, and versatile. You can make the recipe using frozen waffles in whatever variety you like, such as whole wheat, cinnamon, or buttermilk, and whatever fruit you prefer. Try it with peanut butter, or substitute cream cheese or Nutella. This version includes protein from the peanut butter, potassium and other nutrients from the banana, and whole grains from the waffles. It will satisfy your hunger and keep you energized throughout the morning.

Makes one serving

What You Need

2 whole-grain toaster waffles

2 tbsp peanut butter

½ banana

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp cinnamon

What You Do

1. Toast the waffles to desired crispness.

2. Spread the peanut butter on one side of each waffle.

3. Slice the banana into ¼ inch rounds.

4. Place the banana and honey on one side of the waffle, and sprinkle with the cinnamon.

5. Close like a sandwich and enjoy.

Creamy Hummus Dip

This is a really great dish that you can pack for snacks over a few days. Hummus is a good base for a mix. You can add other ingredients—such as chopped sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, or olives—to enhance the flavor.

Makes two cups

What You Need

1 16-oz can cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

2 cloves fresh garlic

3 tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup tahini

⅓ cup olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

Pita bread or cut vegetables for dipping

What You Do

1. Put everything except the pita bread or veggies in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Serve with pita bread or assorted veggies, such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, or green or red bell peppers.

 Avocado Lettuce Wraps

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for myself when I need something that’s easy but light and healthy as well.

Makes five servings

What You Need

2 ripe avocados

2 tomatoes

3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

3 tsp lime juice

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

5 large leaves iceberg lettuce

What You Do

1. Peel and core the avocados, then cut into one-inch wedges.

2. Dice the tomatoes.

3. Mix everything except the lettuce in a bowl.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

5. Place two to three tablespoons of the mixture in the center of each lettuce leaf.

6. Roll up each lettuce leaf like a taco.

Thick, Rich Tomato Soup

My Aunt Abby was kind enough to share this recipe with me. I was in shock by how easy and delicious it is! I love this recipe for cold days when you need something warm to fill you up and make you feel cozy!

Makes two servings

What You Need

1 14-oz can stewed Italian tomatoes

1 cup 2% milk

What You Do

1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes.

3. Check to see if soup is hot enough. If not, put it in for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.


Here’s one of the casualties of dorm life (especially if you’re on the top bunk or in a loft): shattered cell phones, and dropped iPads and Kindles. Destroying those and other tech gadgets are a nightmare you don’t want to happen during the school year, and replacing those beloved items may be impossible due to the cost.

I remember even shoving my keys and other items in my pillowcase to try to keep them close to me but from falling off the bed at night, when I slept high up in a loft. As you do some last-minute dorm shopping, look for ways to keep those tech must-haves and other items safe and in one place (you don’t want to jump or fall out of the bed when the phone rings, do you?) [Read More]

Ryan Lochte and other college Olympians

The talented group of U.S. athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympics aren’t just showing their American spirit. Collegiate spirit is a big part of their lives, too.

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We’re loving the creativity in this year’s admissions videos and student videos about their colleges and universities, which you can find on schools’ websites and on YouTube.

Videos give potential students and students who are already accepted a snapshot of the campus and student life, without even having to step foot on campus. When it’s boring, stuffy, or just plain bad, an admissions video can be a big negative for a school. But when it’s good, students will want to share it and get excited about going to college. [Read More]