Back to College 101

Most of the time, coming back to school is super exciting- reuniting with friends, joining new clubs and organizations, and becoming the better you. The other times though, coming back means more coursework, more responsibilities, and adjusting to new living styles. Have no fear, Nikita’s Kitchen is here! Whether is it from juggling responsibilities within classes, leading clubs, or figuring out how to adjust to your new living space, always remember to take a deep breath, start a to-do list, and check off each event as you go.

Three weeks in, and my Cornell experience is already off to an adventurous start. Here, I’ve compiled some recipes for “the-go” when you’re in a rush and don’t want to eat on campus. Give them a try. If you have any suggestions, questions, or want a recipe for a certain dish, feel free to email me at!


  1. Use sundried tomato pesto to create open bagel sandwiches, or to simply spread on toast for a quick and flavorful snack.

  2. Got leftover grilled chicken? Assemble this chicken quesadilla, and you’ve got yourself a masterpiece.

  3. Want to try something fancy with smoked salmon? This 3-ingredient fix is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

  4. Buy prepared pizza dough, and top with your favorites for a delicious creation! Try my favorite Margherita Pizza.

  5. Gather some ingredients and toss to make a flavorful sophisticated salad with beets and feta.

  6. Grilled Cheese sandwiches are my typical to-go. Even simple ones with only cheese or complex culinary architectures stuffed with vegetables and meat will sure bring a smile to your face. Here’s a list of some of my favorite grilled cheese variations.