Running Out Of Dining Dollars, As Told By Schmidt

Running Out Of Dining Dollars, As Told By Schmidt

Listen up, son.

We all reach the most tragic part of our residential meal plan: the day we run out of dining dollars. Some of us try to avoid the inevitability of having to pay out of pocket for our coffees, and refuse to look at the balance until the day we are officially cut off. Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end, and what better character to illustrate the loss of our most treasured dining dollars, than Schmidt?

1. When you can sense your dining dollars are running low:

I know they must be running low ... but I refuse to check my current balance.

2. When you finally check and see you only have $5 left:

How can this be?!

3. When you're contemplating if the coffee purchase you're about to make is 100 percent necessary, so you seek out someone else to buy it for you:

Just have to butter them up a bit ...

4. When the senior in front of you buys a coffee, and their current balance comes up on the register as $435 at the end of the semester:

Can't they share the love?!

5. When your friend tries to make you feel better by saying they only have $75 dollars left:

There is truly no comparison to make here.

6. When you go back and think of all the times you wasted dining dollars on things you didn't need:

"I spent $8.00 on a lousy salad."

7. When you overhear people talking about how they budgeted their dining dollars and still have plenty:

Shut up! Just shut up!

8. When you finally make the last purchase, and you need some emotional support:

"It'll be okay."

9. When you take some time to mourn your loss:

I'll get through this.

10. When you decide to drink the dining hall coffee so that you don't have to pay out of pocket:

That is, quite possibly, the worst thing I've ever had.

11. When you start to get a little hostile towards those who can still afford chicken tenders:


12. When you ask your friend to describe what they bought, because you want to live vicariously through them:

"What toppings were on the pizza?"

13. But then, one of your friends decides to buy you some food with their dining dollars:

You kind, generous soul.

14. And you realize that your friend bestowed upon you one of the biggest acts of love:

I'm forever indebted to you.

15. And at end of the day, you ate some pretty good food this semester, and let's face it, you're still pretty awesome.

Schmidt out.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


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