ahhh ramen... i once heard it referred to as Purina Student Chow, about the most accurate description i've heard yet. i'm a broke college student at the moment, who will be a more broke vet student in the near future, and then a MORE broke vet some time after that, so i definitely feel some of your pain
i'm glad everything is starting to work out now though! if you want, i can send along my grandmother's chicken soup recipe... she grew up during the Depression and raised three kids in tough economic times so she's excellent at stretching a buck in meals (and as much as i adore ramen, chicken soup is far better for you!). it's VERY tasty, has only got a handful of pretty inexpensive ingredients and the recipe makes a big pot; i make it all the time here at school to save myself from OD-ing on sodium let me know if you'd like it!