This is day two of the College Q&A. Tomorrow I'll be posting about college in general (how I chose it, what it's like, etc.), so if you have any more questions about that, you can ask them up until the end of tonight.
Today's topics are about dorm life, friendships, and organizations.
What is the food like?
As you're about to see, I got a lot of questions about food.
College food isn't actually so bad. I live in an off campus dorm, however, so I'm not sure how on-campus food is. We have our own cafeteria. There is a grill, where you can ask to have multiple foods made for you, like chicken quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, hamburgers, and more. There is a homecooked food bar, which usually has veggies, rolls, tilapia or chicken, and other main courses. There is a sandwich bar and a salad bar. There is an oriental bar which has pizza, Asian food, or a smoothie bar where you can pick out your favorite fruits and they'll blend them into a smoothie. There is an ice cream bar with real ice cream, not the soft serve stuff, and a multitude of toppings. There is even a dessert bar, filled with cakes and pies. There are two slushie makers, about twenty different fountain drinks to choose from, different types of vitamin water (like watermelon, kiwi, strawberry, etc.), and the occasional chocolate fountain. Crazy, right? It's going to be tough to not gain those freshman fifteen!
I tend to take pictures of my meals with my phone and send them to my mom because she likes to know if I'm getting proper nutrition. ;) I'll share a couple of those pictures throughout today's post.
What kind of stuff are you eating?
I'm very picky. I usually eat a salad along with a quesadilla or a grilled cheese sandwich (with a little plate of deli turkey on the side for protein) or a homecooked meal. I'll occasionally bring a Lunchable along with me to school and eat that. I have some canned soups and things in my suite, so if I don't feel like getting out, I'll have that for dinner instead. My parents pay for a few groceries, so I have some fruit in the fridge and some cereal and snacks in my own little cabinet, which is nice.
Where do you prepare your food?
I don't prepare most of my food. The cafeteria will prepare it for me. I have a meal plan where I have fourteen meals a week paid for in the cafeteria. (I usually eat breakfast in my own room.) I'm not sure if this is how it is in all cafeterias, but I think they have this in several: they will even bag a lunch for me if I have to go off campus during lunch time.
Occasionally if I don't feel like going to the cafeteria, I'll prepare a sandwich or soup in my suite. We have some cabinets, a little countertop, a microwave, and a fridge that all came with the suite. I don't know if your dorm will come with these things, but it would definitely be a worthwhile buy to get a fridge and a microwave if not. I've used them both quite a bit. One thing I wish my suite has would be a sink in the little mini-kitchen area. It feels a little strange to have to go to the restroom down the hall to rinse out my dishes or add water to my soup.
Are you enjoying the food?
Mostly, yes. Since I'm very picky (and a creature of habit), I've begun to feel a little tired of getting the same old things in the cafeteria every day, but I have to remind myself that I'm very blessed to have as high quality of a cafeteria as I do have. Perhaps I need to start branching out and try different kinds of food.
For those of you who will be going to college in a year or two, just expect that you'll get tired of the cafeteria food, high quality or not. It will never be as good as the food back home, but it will be enough.