GO BANANAS

Being healthy at school is hard, especially when you live in a dorm. Recently I found the greatest snack that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth; frozen banana bites. Although just regular frozen bananas are pretty tasty, do not be deceived- these bites are more flavorful than just a naner. Best part? You can make it in even the tiniest dorm room!

 

Here’s all you need:

 

5 tasty looking bananas

1 tablespoon of organic peanut butter

2 ounces of Greek yogurt (I prefer vanilla)

A freezer

 

Here’s how:

1)   Peel one banana and mash it, then mix with the peanut butter and yogurt. Set aside.

2)   Slice the rest of your bananas, I do about half an inch thick slices. Spread the mixture you just made on a slice of banana then put another slice of banana on top. It’s like a mini banana sandwich!

3)   Place on a plate and put in the freezer for at least two hours.

4)   Enjoy whenever!

 

Here’s the nutrition facts:

Serving Size   7 pieces

Total Servings            4

Calories Per Serving166

Total Fat         2.6g

Saturated Fat0.6g

Total Carbohydrates35.7g

Fiber   4.1g

Protein           3.7g

 

Whether it’s a grab-and-go snack, some post workout protein, or something that’s not chips or chocolate to nibble on in front of the TV, basically everyone is sure to enjoy it!

The area around the campus

Benedictine is five minutes away from downtown Naperville, which offers a lot to do such as go to the movie theater, a lot of students go to buffalo wild wings, Skating rink, or the mall. We also are thirty-five minutes away from downtown Chicago which has everything that you can imagine to do, like visit Navy Pier, the Water Tower, Michigan Avenue to shop til you drop and lots and lots other places with things to do.

Arts and Crafts

Wanting to brighten up your dorm room or just bored on a rainy day? Arts and crafts is a perfect way to decorate a room up or doing something out of pure boredom. The best place to find ideas for these crafts would have to be Pinterest! Pinterest is an online website that you can “pin” ideas and pictures to your own personal profile. From Valentines Day ideas to Christmas, they have everything and anything. Need a cool do-it-yourself (DIY) Halloween Costume, well Pinterest is the place for it. Or, do you need ideas on what to do with leftover glass bottles or jars? Pinterest has the most original ideas and how-to ways to recycle the glass bottles and turn them into lavish decorations. Pinterest is definitely a website you need to check out!

Link: http://www.pinterest.com/

Making it as a Commuter

With graduation around the corner, I have done a lot of reflecting (I know, I know- it’s cheesy, but true nonetheless- I digress). I can honestly say that I made the most of my time here and despite being a commuter have gotten the complete college experience. Who wants their pre-graduation reflection to reflect there is a collegiate void?!? So here are five (four for guys) easy steps for commuters to follow to ensure they have a quality time here.

  • Eat at Krasa: We’ve all heard about the freshman 15, and one of the perks about being a commuter is that you’re not susceptible to this trend. Despite having our full kitchens and homemade food only a drive away, make an effort to eat at Krasa. Try to find a friend to swipe you and have lunch with people that you normally wouldn’t eat with.
  • Go to social events: Benedictine prides itself in the involvement its students; a large majority of its students are involved in extracurricular activities and are active in clubs. Despite involvement in clubs, attend events of other clubs and social events such as Club Ben or sporting events. This is a great way to de-stress and have a great time with your peers.
  • Spend the night with a friend: Most of my memorable times here at Benedictine have been late night snack, chat, movie, and hangout sessions with my friends. As comfortable as your bed at home may be, leave it for the night and experience what it’s like to live on campus.
  • Stay on campus for a “snow day” “freeze day” “rain day” whatever the reason be for our day off: Without a doubt, my favorite memory is spending my weather related days off with my friends. An entire day of homework, classes, work and stress is replaced by the day off filled with spontaneous fun- doesn’t get any better than that!
  • Sleepover in the lounge as a freshman: Last but not least, girls, have a sleepover in the lounge of Jaeger. What could possibly be better than a huge slumber party?!? Not much, I promise!

One’s undergraduate collegiate experience is supposed to be their most memorable and formative time- for commuters and residents alike. Being a commuter may make it difficult for one to have such an experience, but it can happen…you just have to make it happen! Benedictine is a great place with great people, celebrate and cherish your time here because before you know it you will be gone.

How to get the most out of a campus visit

During your senior year of high school, time creeps up fast as you are working on balancing school, sports, social life, and extra clubs or activities you might be involved in, all on top of various applications and college visits. For this reason, it is so important that you take advantage of each college visit and try to get as much as possible out of each one! If you are visiting numerous colleges, this is even more important as the more campuses you visit, the more likely they will begin to mesh together until you gradually forget the factors that set each college apart. Due to being on both sides of a campus visit-being the visitor and being the one giving the tour-I have determined some important aspects to consider when visiting a campus. Firstly, consider if you like the overall feeling of the campus. This includes not just what the particular campus is like, but the atmosphere is like or the faculty/staff? Being comfortable and at home is so necessary, especially if you are going to be a resident, because it’s where you will be spending the majority of your time. Next, ask yourself what the school has to offer you as a student. In other words, what are the benefits or advantages of a given campus-what makes it unique and sets it apart from other colleges? For example, this could be free printing, free laundry, more one-on-one time with professors, and so many more things. These things can help you deem which college you will get more out of in the end. Another helpful thing to do when visiting a campus is to envision what you see yourself doing in your free time. Are there any clubs, intramural sports teams, or etc. that you find yourself interested in. I know it may be hard to believe, but there’s more to your college career than simply studying and class. You don’t want to be stuck at a college of which contains no extra activities and groups that attract you. Lastly, and what I would consider most important, make sure you ask your tour guide questions! Don’t be shy or feel that it’s not an important question, because I can almost guarantee that  someone else has the same question but is too afraid to ask. Even more so, your question is almost 100% of the time going to inform others’ you may be with, of new information.

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