This is sort of a continuation of the last blog, about creating your own academic niche at whatever college you attend. Except this blog concerns food. I’ll start by telling you about my personal experiences with the food on campus.
I, like many other first year students, gained the Freshman 15 the first year I was in college. I was introduced to the Dining Hall, where one “Meal Swipe” was equivalent to however many portions you could stuff into your face in one sitting. I remember thinking during my first few weeks of college, that the Dining Hall was absolutely glorious. I could have waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a side of cookies. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. But after gaining so much weight, and getting tired of waffles, I started to think about the other options on campus. I slowly moved away from the Dining Hall, and bought smaller meal plans that I could supplement with my own cooking and grocery shopping. I could keep a much better eye on my portions and I knew exactly what I was putting into my body.
In addition to wanting to distance myself from the endless batches of cookies in the Dining Hall, I also wanted to make sure that I avoided all of the foods I’m allergic to (the list is rather extensive). So now, as a junior, I have the smallest meal plan, which can buy me nice things at Zebi’s, but I also have access to a kitchen and can cook my own meals.
My dietary habits are very specific, and the options available on campus didn’t exactly cater to this. I have to work on my own a bit to feed myself, but through some finagling it has all worked out. Again, college is what you make of it. So even though you may be a picky eater, or are allergic to many things, or are a football player and need to consume 5,000 calories a day, there are many ways for you to provide for yourself what you need. Remember that when you start to get bored of all the waffles.