It is not easy learning a new skill – it takes time, practice, and determination. With all the energy you can spend on your studies and other extracurricular activities, sometimes the last thing you want to do when you are hungry is take the time to make your own meal. However by setting aside the necessary time every day to put together your own breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will be able to save yourself money while developing your cooking abilities. Cooking is an activity few have mastered over time, but there is no reason to give up early. There are endless websites, books, and television shows dedicated to helping you get better.
When you take the time to put together your own food, there is that sense of accomplishment as you take your first bite. That feeling does not normally accompany eating a french fry through a drive-thru window. The more effort you put towards learning how to cook, the faster and easier it will be every time you start your next dish. Cooking can be a fun experience when you have the right attitude. What probably turns off most college students from making their own meals all the time is the endless supply of food around them – whether it is a café or dining hall. Another reason behind this lack of desire is the simple turn off of not only having to cook, but then clean the dishes when you are done. It is true, there is no grand way to try and make cleaning dishes sound fun and enjoyable, but that's why we have dish-washers.
By putting together a menu with multiple dishes on it, you can find yourself not being subjected to eating the same few options from a fast-food restaurant, sandwich shop, or dining hall. Because while what you cook may not start being too extraordinary, you will soon develop some creativity in the kitchen. If you need motivation, try and challenge your housemates to join in the fun. See who can create the best-tasting dish, or share the duties and increase the ingredients, while minimizing the amount of effort each chef has to apply. Cooking a big meal for everyone to enjoy can bring a house together, and create a stronger bond. The one thing to always remember is that no one goes into college already knowing how to put together a four course meal – unless they are majoring in the culinary arts.