The college years are forever remembered fondly—frat parties, movie nights with your roommates, spring break trips, still having time in your life for naps, it’s all a blast. But one thing you don’t hear about people missing is the dreaded dining hall food. Yes, speak for myself, I know. Maybe some of you out there are lucky enough to have great dining halls, but even then, you can’t tell me it doesn’t get old sometimes.

I find myself in the middle of Boston, surrounded by all kinds of adventurous and amazing food, which I get to indulge in every so often, but at the end of the day, I’m broke. So as much as I wish I wasn’t stuck eating “Sunday brunch” in the dining hall, I am.

However, bring (by bring I mean sneak) in an avocado, and things aren’t lookin’ so bad anymore. No more “what now” after doing a loop around the entire dining hall twice or yet again sitting at the table post-meal, complaining with your friends about how unsatisfied you are. I’ll warn you, it takes a little extra work. But as long as you’re OK with the weird looks and envious glares shot your way as you casually de-pit or mash your avocado, I swear this is the end to all your problems. (Well…your dining hall blues at least).

Mash your avocado onto some toast and suddenly you have a meal that didn’t require waiting in any lines at all. I like to add salt, pepper, and some feta to my avocado mash. Try adding some lemon juice or some of the pre-cut tomatoes from the salad bar too.

Now put your eggs on top. I know this is not anything new, but I bet you never realized how easy it was to do it in your dining hall. Do you have eggs of some sort? Some kind of bread? A toaster? Forks? Thought so…Looks like you’ll be all set!

Put avocado, either sliced or mashed, on your dining hall sandwiches so you can admit that your lunch was actually satisfying.

Sandwich 3

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Put it on top of salads and trick yourself into thinking you’re eating at a restaurant. (It’s actually even cheaper to buy full avocados to use than adding avocado to your meal at a restaurant).

Salad with Dressing 2

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Just be prepared, once again, for the looks you’ll get when your dining hall table looks like an avocado murder scene…

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Get creative. Remember, the dining hall is your canvas.

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