Freshman Year Hacks

Don’t Buy That Textbook

Many classes have a textbook that is “required”. Why is required in quotes? Because there is a chance that your professor will use the word required quite loosely. To save yourself money and your sanity, wait until your first couple days of class to determine whether you will really need that textbook or not.

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Stir-Fry With a Panini Press

Dining room hack!!! If you are looking for a healthy dining hall meal, try making homemade stir-fry with a panini press! Simply spray the press with cooking spray and load up your veggies, protein, and soy sauce! Sauté on the press until it is nice and fried.

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Switch From Lattes to Coffee and Cream

Let’s be real, coffee is a college necessity, but it can get expensive!!! I used to get a latte every morning, but $4 a day adds up quick. My solution? I switched to coffee with a lot of cream. The coffee was usually half the price, satisfied my sweet tooth, and loaded me up with caffeine.

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Utilize Quad Day

Quad Day is an event that happens every fall at the University of Illinois. Tons of clubs create information booths and give out free gifts to students. Quad Day is a great time to step out of your comfort zone and sign up for activities you may have never considered. Try new things! Also, who doesn’t love free t-shirts?

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