Now that you are in college and away at school, it is time for you to take on many new responsibilities. Like Uncle Ben said in the movie Spider Man “With great power comes great responsibility.” You possess this new freedom, but you have to be careful not to abuse it. For instance, it is not your parent’s job to feed you any more. This is one of the many things you’ll have to figure out how to do for yourself.
A lot of young college freshmen might take the easy way out of this one and go out every night for dinner. Well that is good and all, but fast food adds up quick (in more ways than one). For starters, you don’t want to blow all of your spare cash on hamburgers and french fries. Why not save it up so you and some friends can go bowling or see a movie sometime during the semester.
Another way fast food is not the way to go all the time is because it aids in gaining the Freshman 15. All that oil and grease is not good for your body, so unless you want to pack on a few pounds your first year at college, I would advise against getting take out every single night of the week. My best advise to you would be to get a meal plan.
There are many different options of meal plans. It all depends on the school. Now, my school requires that all freshman get the standard 260 meal plan. At other schools it might be up to you to decide. Now, I now that once you become a sophomore you get to choose which meal plan you want because most upperclassman live off campus so they will be cooking their own meals every night. I’m not a mathematical genius by any means, but getting a meal plan could actually save you some money instead of always making trips to the grocery store to by food to prepare for the week.
Meals plans are a great way to go if you have a break in between classes. As soon as you get out of class you can head on over to the dining hall and get lunch or a snack before heading back out to your next class. The other thing about dining halls that is so great is the fact that you swipe in then it becomes an all you can eat buffet. No one is going to judge you on how much food is on your plate or how many times you go back for more. Everyone is there for the same reason they are hungry college kids. So eat as much as you want! Some of you lucky college freshman might just end up with the dining hall on the first floor of your dorm or right across the street.
The only downside to the dining halls is that the same thing is usually on the menu everyday. They make minor changes throughout the week, but for the most part it is the same thing for lunch all year long. But, this only becomes a problem if you don’t like what they serve.
So, my advise to you is to pick the right meal plan for you to make sure that you don’t run out before the year ends, remember to go get meals, and don’t starve yourselves away at school. Eat up!