Meet Becca McKinley

Ramen: College’s Rite of Passage Done Right

Ramen noodles are the classic college meal. After all, ramen noodles earned their popularity because they’re easy to prepare and cost-effective: you can buy a cup for about 35 cents at Walmart. However, the popular noodles can also be accompanied by a sense of dread for incoming college students. Trading in their parents’ home-cooked lasagna for microwaved noodles is not the most appetizing deal.

Luckily, Franklin College is ready to quell all freshman fears – even culinary ones.

Becca McKinleyFranklin College freshman Becca McKinley worried about cooking for herself. So, when she saw PIVOT offered sessions called 1001 Ways to Cook Ramen, the English/creative writing major aspired to leave her baking blunders behind.

“Cooking has always been something I struggled with, but working with other people in the course to make egg rolls, tacos and stir fry was something I genuinely enjoyed that taught me some cooking skills.” – McKinley

Franklin offers hands-on PIVOT workshops to students between Winter Term and Spring Term. For a few days, students have the opportunity to master almost any new skill they want.

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Interested in not eating the same chicken ramen for four years straight? 1001 Ways to Cook Ramen helped Becca cook with the best of them.

“PIVOT was an experience where I did a lot of hands-on learning, and I thought it was a great way to teach us students some valuable life skills in a fun environment. The course so much fun, and we learned how to make a lot of good food on a budget.” – McKinley

The class taught students more than how to revolutionize ramen recipes. 1001 Ways to Cook Ramen also showcased how you can maintain a meager college-student budget and still make delicious meals.

“The course emphasized that you can cook good food even if you don’t have a lot of money, which I thought was a great lesson to take away as a college student.” – McKinley

Franklin College knows 90 percent of the college experience happens outside the classroom. We’ve cultivated a curriculum that won’t just teach you how to write a history paper. It will prepare you to survive all facets of life – including how to make an amazing cup of microwave ramen.

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