5 Go-To Meals For College Students

5 Go-To Meals For College Students

Ramen is less a food and more a tool of survival.

I always laugh hearing incoming freshmen worry about the rumored freshman 15. If anything, you'll be losing 15 pounds, in stress and sweat and long periods of time where you simply have no time to eat. I've perfected the art of eating a pizza slice walking to the train station before a late shift at work, but between five classes and multiple jobs, the chance to actually stop by a pizza place is rare. Besides, eating out every day is expensive.

So we've gotten creative. Unless you're superhuman, you generally need to eat at least once a day, even if you're a college student. If you can truly consider what we eat as food is a whole other question.

1. Ramen

Honestly, this is a classic. When you think of a stressed-out college student who's constantly on the move you think of ramen automatically. This is literally the staple food in a student's diet. Sodium levels who?

2. Coffee

This is a meal. Do not argue with me. If you ask if I ate breakfast and I tell you I had coffee and you start to tell me that coffee isn't food, I will use all my caffeine fuel power to physically fight you. Even on 20 minutes of sleep.

3. Popcorn and Redbull

This is a finals season requirement. Nothing gets you going for three consecutive all-nighters full of research papers more than a nutrients packed bag, drenched in oil and salt and a shot of B12. This is literally all I ate during exam all-nighters. Two 3-packs of those microwaveable bags will have you covered for the entire week- cheap and efficient.

4. Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky got me through the entirety of my freshman year- I swear by it. It doesn't crunch uncomfortably loud so you can snack in class, and it has protein so it's totally fine if you quite literally live off it. Probably.

5. Everything in your fridge currently

Sometimes, long shifts and constant assignments and the crushing anxiety of being alive get to you. You just need to settle down at the kitchen table with Mom's leftover soup and chips and dip and the packaged rice dinner you quickly threw on the stove.

Words of wisdom: bury your essays and tests in carbs.

Cover Image Credit: Thrive Global

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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