Set a steak to slow cook while you study, no oven or grill necessary. All you need is a pot, some water, and some Ziplock bags (and maybe a blowtorch, though I'd have to believe the RAs would frown at that).
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Color-changing lights are perfect for game day and for spotaneous Saturday night dorm room dance parties. Lifx is an especially good pick because unlike Philips Hue, you don't need to connect it directly to a router, which isn't usually an option in your average dorm.