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Save Space in your Dorm By Using Actuators!

Raising Furniture above the Room

Creating of space in the dormitory has been a challenge for most students often used to their big rooms back at home. The available space to be utilized by each student is always limited. Actuators are developed to solve these problems. They eliminate the manual movement of desks and chairs in the room, bedding, lockers, shelves and the kitchenette within the room. Space is also very essential to the dormitory as the activity of a full house take place within a single room comprising of more than one individual. Therefore, there is a need to move the furniture or raise them above the room to create more space for different activities. Automated actuators make the movement effortless and unproblematic.

Convertible Furniture    

Actuators have ensured a space saving furniture that is invented to satisfy the needs of students in the dormitories. The design of convertible hidden wall beds made possible by linear actuators that ensure a space saving hideaway that tuck into the wall. The tucking leaves behind simple shelves or desks that allow the students to enjoy their study comfortably.  Actuators can be attached to the desks allowing their movement from one place in the dorm to the other, the beds than can be folded back into position when it’s time to rest. Other beds can easily be converted to a desk and used for studies.

Raised dormitory bed to create space for learning Raised dormitory bed to create space for learning

 

The kitchenette

According to progressive automations linear actuators service, the kitchenette can be automated by actuators to be raised and lowered according to the will. The automated kitchen cabinet can be raised above the room to create room for other functions such as washing dishes.  The cabinets where foods and utensils are stored and the tables used for cooking within the dormitories can be stored safely in the command of a remote control. The kitchen cabinet, therefore, provides the advantage for people with different heights or the disabled to be able to cook and still retract the kitchen for other functions easily.
actuator that can be used to raise kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinet that can be raised above the ground using attached actuator

How to stay healthy during college

If you are choosing your meals like this gal, then you know a few things about how to stay healthy during college!

If you are choosing your meals like this gal, then you know a few things about how to stay healthy during college!

Despite the fact that you are as young as you’ll ever be, your body isn’t invincible. Put it under enough stress and fail to take the proper precautions and beer bellies will sag, fatigue will drain your energy stores, and diseases/illnesses will compromise your health. College can (and should) be a fun time in your life, but don’t neglect the foundation that supports everything that sits upon it.

There are several areas to which you should pay special attention to when looking into how to stay healthy during college; ensure that the following five areas are taken care of, and your life in college will be every bit as vibrant as it should be.

1) Maintain a balanced diet

This point is repeated so often that many glaze over when they hear it. But would it be mentioned so often if it wasn’t a fundamental cornerstone of your overall health? In college, cafeterias serve up many fried foods on their buffet lines, allowing students to go back for as many helpings as they desire.

Limit the amount of fried, carb heavy food you eat, instead opting for meals composed of whole foods (weighted towards greens/lean protein) as much as possible. Don’t go back for seconds, and when you’re back at the dorm, limit ordering out for pizza to your cheat day (once per week), and avoid snacking outside of meals the rest of the time.

2) Get plenty of sleep

In college, quality sleep can be at a premium, but that doesn’t diminish its importance, as it is this rest time that allows your body to properly heal from the physical and mental stresses that it endures during the day. Try to seek out accomodation where getting undisturbed sleep can be had more often than not. If it is a night where extraneous noise is unavoidable, wear earplugs and an eyemask to ease you into your slumber.

Avoid using alcohol to induce sleep, as it messes up your sleep patterns to the point where you often wake up feeling just as tired as you were when you fell asleep. Another trick to get the rest you need is to wash your face before retiring, as a going over with face moisturizer may make you feel more at ease physically, thus easing your transition to dreamland.

3) Drink moderate amounts of alcohol

Remember back in #1 where we contraindicated consumption of simple carbs? Well, beer and many forms of alcohol are basically bottled bread, making them the fastest pathway to the dreaded Freshman 15 weight gain. This doesn’t mean you have to abstain from booze while your friends live it up, but it does mean you have to be conscious of the effects of what you’re consuming. As a consequence, limit your consumption to once per week, and don’t drink to get blackout drunk (just a few will do). Nights out are more fun when you remember them, anyway!

4) Engage in physical activity on a regular basis

While following a protein-dense diet will help keep the weight off, it won’t build a strong body capable of getting through the stressors of daily life in college with ease. In order to get a bod that will back you up no matter what any given day will throw at you, you’ll need to engage in regular physical activity.

Simple ways to do this include walking, hitting the gym, and registering for intramural sports. Not only will this reinforce your health, you’ll improve your looks and make new friends in the process … winning!

5) Practice safe sex … every time

Don’t delude yourself that you can ride raw “just this one time” and you’ll be fine. It’s during unprotected encounters like this where debilitating diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and even HIV can be passed between partners. Always wrap it up when you get lucky, and if you forgot to bring one like an idiot, then no intercourse for you … period.

When Dining Hall Food Fails: 3 Easy Recipes For Students!

crappy dining hall food

For all the thousands of dollars that college students around the world pour into their respective schools, it can be quite appalling when the quality of meal hall grub at these institutions barely rank above prison food at times.  The similarities on a numbers level are startlingly similar, as line cooks scarcely making above minimum wage prepare three meals daily for thousands of people, day after uninspiring day.

As such, a certain level of care is missing in its preparation, but you’re a busy and cash strapped student … so what is one to do? Most dormitories and fraternity/sorority houses have basic kitchen facilities located on site, allowing for their occupants that wish to freelance with their food preparation to do so to their heart’s content.

By combining the creative use of cheap(ish) base ingredients, spices and condiments, you can fill your face with culinary creations that stand head and shoulders above the slop that is barely edible down at the meal hall, without costing you too much of your scarce cash reserves (alcohol doesn’t buy itself, after all!)

In this spirit, here are three recipes that will rescue you from the peril of a meal hall travesty in under 30 minutes and at minimal cost to you…

1) Next Level Macaroni And Cheese

OK now … I know what you’re thinking.  MAC & CHEESE?!  How uncreative and depressing!

Don’t despair though young man/woman, as macaroni and cheese dishes are all the rage these days, and with a little thought and creativity, it can become a dish that is truly the comfort food that it was meant to be, instead of a yellowish orange pasta that exists solely to fill a hole in your stomach. The most expensive investment is a bit of cheese (the real stuff), which can be bought in small chunks (buy cheese strings if you have to) to conserve your cash.

Apart from the macaroni itself, get a hold of some milk, butter, garlic powder, onion or shallots, and ritz crackers.  If you’re doing this on the stove top, boil up the pasta, and then in a separate pan, fry up the onions, seasoned with garlic powder, in some of your butter.  Mix together the milk and the rest of the butter according to instructions on the mac and cheese box, adding it to the fried onions.

After the pasta is done, add the shredded cheese to the pasta and stir, integrating it with the pasta.  Top the pasta with the onion/milk/butter mix, top it with crushed ritz crackers and serve!

Macaroni and cheese

2) Pumpkin Spice Hot Oatmeal

Sick and tired of rubbery pancakes?  So are we.  You can take breakfast into your own hands as well, and kick butt in the process!  For this, we’ll invest in some proper oatmeal instead of the overly sugary processed stuff, but everything else is very affordable compared to this crucial ingredient.  Start by heating up your oatmeal and water in the microwave for about two minutes.

After taking it out of the oven, stir in some milk, followed by canned pumpkin puree, a few dashes of cinnamon, and even some pumpkin pie spice for that added kick of fall flavor.  Hey, if it worked for Starbucks, why can’t it work for your breakfast?

oatmeal

3) Super Easy Asian Stir-Fry

Love the convenience of ramen noodles, but shudder at getting 150% of your daily dose of sodium in a single serving?  Toss the flavor packet out and freestyle your own taste experience! Take your ramen brick and soften it up in the usual manner, all while pre-heating a frying pan on the side.  Get an assortment of veggies from the market and chop them up, and get the cheapest cut of your favorite meat from the grocery store and do the same to it.

After the noodles have gone soft, strain’em and throw in the pan with some soy sauce, your veggies and your flesh/tofu.  After 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a much healthier meal than 80% of what your meal hall has to offer.

Ramen noodle stirfry

Do you have any other fast and easy recipes to share? Add them in the comments below!

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