RIP Explanatory Draft
22 August 2015
Life of a College Student: Eating on a Budget
Creative part: Script for How-to video
Hey guys! Here is a college video for you and it’s going to be about college dorm food. I will give tips on what you should purchase or not purchase, but we will get to that a little later in the video.
The first tip is that you need to remember that you have a meal plan. So you do not have to have a bunch of food in your dorm when you have a meal plan. Utilize it! If you are a freshman living in the dorms, definitely utilize your meal plan. They feed you a lot! Most of the time it’s a buffet style, which is a pleather of food. Every college is different, so your meal plan might or might not be as intense. So you are going to have to gage on how much food you want to have in your dorm, but DO NOT over buy.
Some of the things you should buy are snacks that don’t perish fast. For example, trail mixes. The little trail mix bags are great and super handy. They are an “easy, on the go” type of food. The second thing is peanut butter. You would probably eat it by the spoon full. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and is also very filling. Trust me, peanut butter is good to have around, especially when you have crackers lying around. Which brings me to my next thing, satin crackers and gold fish! These two are good to have around to have as a snack. Little fruit snacks are also great have, as they are very handy.
Besides the little snacks, do not OVER buy groceries. Be aware of your fridge size. Because if you have a tiny, little mini-fridge in your room, you are not going to fit hundreds of pounds of fruits or vegetable or anything. So make sure you know the size before you go out and buy whatever you want.
Okay, lets move on to the moment we’ve all been water for…cooking time! I am going share with you a couple of recipes that you can easily make in your dorm. Today we are going to turn your microwave into a 5-star kitchen. Our theme for today is breakfast. Lets get started!
The first recipe I am going to show with you is called the Bacon and Veggie Frittata. I like this recipe because it is easy to make and is the perfect dish to make if you might of slept in and missed breakfast in the cafeteria. To make the Bacon and Veggie Frittata, you are going to cut up some turkey bacon, or ham or anything you like in a bowl. Then spray a little cooking oil on and pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half. Then you are going to add fresh veggies of your choice. It can be broccoli, onions, bell peppers, or spinach — anything you like. In another bowl, whip a couple eggs. Then you are going to pour the egg and mix it up. You can top it off with some cheese if you would like. Now, cover it and let it heat in the microwave for about two in a half to three minutes. That’s it! That was quick and easy.
The second recipe I am going to show with you guys today is the Fully Loaded Breakfast Potato. It is like mashed potatoes without going through a whole lot of trouble. We are going to start off with some potatoes, about 4–5 red potatoes that have washed. Here I have cut the potatoes into quarters to get little small looking cubes. Then you are going to add ¼ cup of water into the potatoes and microwave it on high for six to eight minutes, or until they are fork tender. If there any excess water still in the bowl, you can just drain it out. We then are going to add our seasonings: ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder. Then just give it a good mix. Now we are going to top it off with some bacon. This is super easy to make using the microwave. All you have to do is put your bacon on a paper towel lined plate and microwave for four to six minutes, until its nice and crispy. And now our cheese, we are going to sprinkle some of that one. We are going to then put this back into the microwave for about 30 seconds to let the cheese melt. (Takes it out the microwave) Oh yeah! That’s what we are looking for right there. I’m just going to top everything off with a little bit of sour cream and green onions. It’s like having baked potatoes for breakfast!
As you can see, there are many recipes you have make using the only the microwave. As you start experimenting, the sky is the limit! I’m Mai and thanks so much for watching! Let me know your favorite quick meal or microwave recipe in comment box below. I’ll see you next time. Bye!
For my Rhetoric in Practice (RIP) project, I decide to compose a how-to video, as a medium, accessible through YouTube. The video includes some helpful college tips and some simple recipes students can recreate. Many college students do not how to cook their own meals because their parents were the ones always doing the cooking. In my video, I am going to show my viewers how to make food without using a stove. I have also included the recipe instructions as well, making it accessible for printing or further use.
My intended audience for the project is young adults who are inexperienced in the kitchen and may also be limited on resources and tools. This description fits college students. Many college students have little to no experience cooking in the kitchen. Assuming, they probably have never touched a stove before. Their best friend in the kitchen is most likely the microwave. Knowing so, I have demonstrated some simple recipes college students can recreate using the microwave. It is effortless and easy, and more importantly inexpensive — we all know how expensive college is.
I chose YouTube video as my medium for this project because communication through mainstream media is the most common way of communication in this era. According to Reuters, an international news agency, “1 billion unique users” visit YouTube “every month.” The YouTube community is so large that if YouTube were a country, it would be “the third largest in the world” (Reuters). “One out of every two people on the Internet” visits YouTube; therefore it is a perfect form of communication as people view videos in their interest and leave comments afterwards. These comments turn into a discussion board, where people from all over the world are able to communicate with each other.
In preparation in for my own video, I studied multiple how-to videos on YouTube. I closely examined the videos by Buzz Feed because they target young adults with their tips and entertainment. I have noticed that their how-to-videos are usually very straightforward and easy to follow. Often times, they include the instruction in text below the video. In the video, they begin with some catchy phrase and tell the audience what they are going to be making in the video. They show the audience what ingredients are needed and then proceed with the process. The video normally ends with the demonstrator tasting their own food and telling the audience how great it tastes. While watching how-to videos, the audience expects them to speak clear and at a moderate pace so it is easy to follow and comprehend. The cookers’ tone can be seen to be professional and friendly. The also sometimes show the audience they are able to relate to them.
In my video, I positioned myself as one of the audience, being a college student sharing my own experiences. Learning from Cory Doctorow and how he utilizes young adults characters and relatable settings in his novel, For the Win, to connect with audience. Speaking from a student perspective that have experienced the college environment will allow me to connect more with my viewers. The audience would more likely take my tips and words into mind with me being a college student, then an adult or anyone else. I also used an informal and friendly tone throughout my video as I speak to my viewers to create comfortableness. In addition, my video is under ten minutes, which increases the chances that it is more likely to be viewed.
Closely examining the cooking the portion of my video, I shared recipes that involve common ingredients and tools. The main gadget used in my video is a microwave. I chose to use a microwave because most college dorms provide them and everyone knows how use it. With a couple push of a button, you have recreated the same meal as if you were cooking using the stove. But college students do not want to go through all the trouble of using a stove and fire, and do all the cleaning afterwards. Therefore, a microwave makes the best tool to use. The recipe includes ingredient typical vegetables, such as broccolis and onions, and everyday spices, such as salt and pepper. These additives can be found any grocery store near by.
The purpose of my video is to act as a guidance tool for college students as they enter an independent world, without their parents holding their parents. Learning how to do things on your own is a step into adulthood. Watching videos provide visual demonstration on how to achieve what you are interested in, like food in my video.
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Morin, Natalie. “27 Ways To Eat Like An Adult In College.” BuzzFeed. 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2015.