Snacks We Love (but Hate at the Same Time) During College

April 24, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

We all know that when a person goes to college their daily diet changes over time. As we are told the “Freshman 15” happens to almost all students who goes to college and who lives in the dorms. There are some students who can control their desire for junk food and late night snacks, but we do not all have such a self-résistance to eat whatever we want, at any time we want. Here are some snacks we desire when we are in college, especially at the end of the semester.

Snacks we love and hate

Snacks we love and hate!

Candy: We all know candy will get any person who is tired and sleepy with a lot of energy. I know we are not kids who always get sugar high, but it still does the same effect. Candies such as sneaker bars, Kit Kat, gummy bears, chocolate, white chocolate, and most importantly, sour patch. Not everyone likes candy and they are certainly bad for your teeth and for your health, but this is one snack we, as college students, do not reject especially when we are in need of energy at the end of a long and painful semester.

Energy Drinks: I know that drinks are not snacks but are often accompany with several of snacks that help with the level of energy. With energy drinks along candy and other snacks it provides the body with such an amount of sugar that helps the college student become awake and alert during exams and classes. Some of the energy drinks are Monster, Red Bull and sodas (soft drinks) such as Coca Cola and Pepsi. Using drinks a long with other unhealthy snacks can provide a college student with an unhealthy diet, but let’s be honest, when in a state of stress and of writing final papers, eating healthy is the last thought in mind.

Chips: Oh the lovely sound of eating chips and the crunchy feeling while we eat Doritos and Lays Chips! Eating chips while doing homework or attending class is so common that it is a difficult habit to break. As college students we sometimes do not have time to get a full meal between classes and eating chips is a fast and convincement way to get the stomach filled until you have a proper meal. Who does not love chips, I can guess some people do not because of the empty calories that it has, but eating chips has become the most effective way of getting energy for classes and when doing homework.

While eating a lot of snacks is definably not healthy for the body. It is also important to know that eating snacks is a way to survive long hours of classes and hours of doing homework/group work. While some stay away from snacks that are empty calories, I also believe that these snacks helps a person who is in need for a quick energy boost before going to class or while doing a long essay and should be considered life savers for college students.

All-Nighter Survival Guide: (F)enomenal Food

September 19, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

An iced latte for all of you in need of a caffeine-fix

An iced latte for all of you in need of a caffeine-fix

12am: I’m in my dorm room; eyes focused on my Communication Theories textbook, butt firmly perched on my cushioned futon, one hand clutched onto my yellow highlighter, the other on my venti cup of Starbucks black coffee. Suddenly, I hear the loud noise of my stomach growling. I try to focus on the words that I must memorize for my prelim exam, but my mind begins to wander from heuristics to food. Another loud, prolonged growl occurs before I put on my sneakers and heavy coat (because September nights in Ithaca are essentially Antarctic in temperature). “I need food and maybe another cup of Joe,” I whisper to myself as I rush out of my dorm room.

Cornell has so much to offer its students, one of which is an intense workload that can, at times, cause stress eating or procrastination latte drinking. Fortunately, Cornell also offers a number of dining options. For the purposes of this article, I will guide you through the dining possibilities within the context of an all-nighter (something that most of you will end up doing at some point in your college career).

“I’m going to need dinner to give me some energy for this all-nighter!”

For Frosh, there are three dining halls scattered across North Campus: Appel, RPCC, and Risley, two of which serve Asian cuisine, sushi, meat, Gluten-free and Vegan cuisine, salad, and cereal and desserts. For upperclassmen, there are the five dining halls, each with a unique menu, ranging from cultural cuisine (Mexican, Indian, Italian, etc.) to classic American burgers and fries. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available in all eateries.

“It’s midnight and my stomach is making weird noises!”

North Campus has Nasty’s Eatery and Louie’s Food Truck to provide footlong subs, pizza pies, coffee, and milkshakes. West Campus has Noyes for any bubble tea lovers and late night sandwiches. Collegetown has Stella’s Café for anyone who enjoys a pretentiously named yet incredibly tasty latte, and Insomnia Cookies for anyone with a sweet tooth.

“It’s almost 2am and I’m going to cry. I need to stress eat!”

A tasty wrap for the food-deprived

A tasty wrap for the food-deprived

Collegetown Bagels, open until 2am, sells much more than just bagels. There’s an assortment of wraps, sandwiches, and salads. There’s a plethora of energy bars, sweets, and smoothies. There’s a myriad of coffee and tea options. AND THERE’S BEER (for any 21+ year olds who need a drink…or two…or six).

“Wow, I made it to the morning! I need breakfast!”

Dining halls are open for anyone who wakes up early enough (or just hasn’t slept). North Campus’s Appel and the West Campus dining halls serve the continental breakfast arrangement—scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes and waffles, tater tots, yogurt parfaits, cereal, etc. As for you CTown residents, Starbucks and CTB are the go-to spots for your morning cup of Joe and breakfast wrap.

And with that, you’ve survived your all night cram session without starving. Now change into some Cornell apparel and rush to that class for which you, presumably, spent the entire night studying!

10 Healthy Study Snacks To Help You Get Through Those Exams

May 24, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Health, Top 10 Lists

Studying for exams can be stressful and keep you up late into the night. While it can be tempting to reach for the phone and order some late night pizza or open up another bag of chips, there are plenty of other options that are not only more healthy for you, but can also provide you with much needed energy to power through those long study hours.  Below is a list of ten healthy alternatives to those greasy and fattening late night snacks that are debatably just as delicious.  These snacks are all super cheap and super easy to put together and keep right in your dorm room.

1 Ants on a log

A childhood classic. Chop up some celery, spread on some peanut butter and top it all of with some raisins and you have ants on a log.  This makes for a tasty and fun snack you can share with your roommates and friends.

Ants on a log snack


2 Hummus with vegetables/crackers/pretzels

Hummus is a great snack to bring on the go. You can often find it in to-go containers in grocery stores and even nearby convenience stores.  Grab some carrot sticks or even pretzel sticks to complete this fantastic snack.


3 Peanut butter and banana sandwich

Another tasty snack with just a few simple ingredients.  All you need is some bread, peanut butter and a banana or two. Put it all together and you have yourself a lovely peanut butter and banana sandwich.

pb&banana sandwich

4 Apples and peanut butter

Another peanut butter based snack that is super easy to throw together. Grab some apple slices to dip in the peanut butter and voila! Another tasty, healthy, simple snack.

apples and peanut butter

5 Peanut butter and Ritz crackers

This snack is also pretty self-explanatory. Whether you buy them pre-made or make them up yourself, peanut butter crackers are perfect to munch on while studying.


6 Nuts- Almonds/Walnuts/Cashews etc.

Nuts can be a bit more expensive to buy in the grocery store but are still a great healthy alternative to a pizza delivery.



7 Edamame beans

I had never heard of edamame beans until my sophomore year of college. Once I discovered them though, they were a study snack game changer.


8 Dark chocolate

Sometimes you just need your chocolate fix. Try dark chocolate instead of regular milk chocolate as a healthier yet still tasty option.

Dark chocolate

9 Fruit

No matter what your preference is, there are plenty of options in the fruit department. Whether you like berries, grapes, apples, oranges, kiwi, mango, etc. there is certainly something for you in the wild world of fruit.


10 Granola bars

Granola bars are simple and easy to take on the go. They also come in many different varieties to satisfy any late night snack craving.


Where Do College Students Spend Their Money?

December 18, 2012 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Infographics

This year college students will spend well over $60 billion on everything from school supplies to eating out to daily needs. So where does all that green go?

Roughly $33 billion is spend on back to school supplies. Almost $2 billion of that amount is spent on collegiate branded school supplies like sweaters an hats with logos on them. $3.4 billion is spend on shoes and footwear. Another $3.4 billion is spend on actual school supplies like folders, binders and pens. Dorm room furnishing and furniture for students moving cost more than $5.3 billion. Clothes and accessories account for over $6.6 billion. Lastly, almost $13 billion is spend each year on electronics, computers, tablets and mobile devices.

Another $27 billion is spent on non-essential school items during the school year. Over $4 billion was spend on personal care items like cosmetics and hygiene. $5 billion is spent on clothing and shoes. Another $5.5 billion is spend on alcohol and drinking. Students will spend a total of over $11 billion on snacks and beverages.

$2.4 billion dollars is spend on college student entertainment every year. $326 million on renting DVDs or movies. $341 million on video games and consoles. College students spend $474 million on buying music and related items. $600 million is spend on purchasing on demand movies and shows. Another $658 million is spent on movie tickets by students enrolled in university.

Where Do College Students Spend Their Money?

Where Do College Students Spend Their Money?