Hi and welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshmen! I’m really excited to introduce this new series to my blog I plan on posting advice for different aspects of freshmen year every Tuesday this summer. This series is geared to the class of 2016, soon to be the class of 2020. Also, a quick disclaimer each of these ideas are opinions I’ve formed from my own experiences freshman year, and are only meant as a guide and not a rule book for freshmen year. So, today’s post is about food and I have 3 ideas on how to approach this part of freshmen year.
- GO FOR THE UNLIMITED MEAL PLAN!
*At least for the first semester* I suggest going for the unlimited, because it’ll be the easiest meal option available. With all of the newfound freedom and events you’ll be doing, the last thing you need to worry about is how many meal swipes you have. Especially around finals when stress levels are high, the unlimited plan will come in handy. Now, second semester you should look into how much you actually used the unlimited: if you used it often, keep it; if you feel like you should downsize, do it, it’ll save you money; if you’re not really sure or like not worrying about swipes keep it!
- DORM ROOM FOOD: Canned Food, Mini Drinks or Cans
Your dorm is basically a tiny version of your house, so it makes sense to have a “pantry” of food. Having food in your dorm is helpful in the winter when it’s too cold to walk to the dining hall, for a quiet lunch or dinner by yourself, or for snacks. I suggest getting canned foods, because your fridge is unlikely to have a freezer. I also suggest buying mini bottles of drinks or cans, because again your fridge will likely be too small for two liters, or more than a couple of regular sized bottles.
3. OFF CAMPUS FOOD: Restaurants, Delivery
Eventually dining hall food will get old, especially when you realize the menus are being recycled. And sometimes you will want to go out to eat with your friends. I can only speak for Carolina when it comes to how close off-campus food is to campus. We have quite a few restaurants within a short walking distance of campus. And although I would like to try all the restaurants, I keep going back to chains because they’re cheaper and well college kid budget. Delivery can also come in handy when you want more than just dorm food but don’t feel like leaving your dorm. However, delivery can be a tad bit expensive, as they charge “delivery” or “shipping” fees and still expect you to leave a tip. Also, some campuses might have delivery services that will deliver food from restaurants that don’t deliver like, Chipotle; so, I suggest looking into that for your school.
Those are all of the tips I have for food in college, I hope this helps ease some of the class of 2016’s worries about college. If you know anyone who will soon be going to college, share this post with them. And if you want to hear more about my college advice check back next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by feel free to leave a comment below!