9 Tips To Surviving The University of Michigan Dining Halls

9 Tips To Surviving The University of Michigan Dining Halls

Since you can't afford to eat out every night.
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As a college student, I always try to come up with reasons not to go to the dining hall. "Oh, it's raining, guess I can't go to the dining hall for dinner" or, "Oh, it's the weekend, the dining hall has bad options." My friends and I will find any excuse to go out to dinner or UberEats the many delicious foods Ann Arbor has to offer.

However, the dining hall (the South Quad dining hall in specific) has plenty of great options — if you know these 9 tricks.

1. Get the Freshman15 app

Before I even go into the best foods to eat, download this app ASAP. All you have to do is press the time you're eating, what dining hall you're eating, and there you go: a list of every station and what they're serving.

2. Breakfast necessity = omelettes

The unsung hero of the dining hall breakfast options is the omelette station. If you get there early enough, you can make your own omelette (if you have the patience to wait). Want an even better idea? If you buy an avocado you can put it on toast and add eggs on top. Boom, your own homemade avocado toast. Yum.

3. Best dish? Stirfry.

My biggest suggestion? Get to the dining hall before 7:00. That way you can make your own stirfry. Add chicken, tofu, veggies, edamame, or whatever else you want to make a perfect dish. BUT, make sure to ask for light sauce, especially if it's General Tso. If not, be prepared for your mouth to be on fire the rest of the night.

4. Don't rule out the hummus

The hummus at the dining hall is surprisingly good, especially with the crunchy pita. Actually, I take that back. Eat it with vegetables! Take the carrots, cucumbers, and other veggies from the salad bar and eat your hummus with them. There you go, a healthy and delicious snack!

5. Search for the veggies

My favorite side for dinner is surprisingly the vegetables served at the dining hall. The zucchini, carrots, asparagus, and spinach are all really good. They never have them all served in one day, but you're guaranteed to find at least one deliciously cooked vegetable a day.

6. Potatoes. Enough said.

I don't know what it is about the South Quad dining hall, but they have an influx of potatoes —specifically, sweet potatoes. But I'm definitely not complaining about it because they're amazing! If you see that there's a night where the dining hall is serving mashed sweet potatoes, you have NO excuse to eat out.

7. Use the salad bowls for fruit

If you want a healthy option for dessert, use the bigger salad bowls to stock up on strawberries, grapes, and any other fruit they serve. I look forward to my massive bowl of fruit every night because, sadly, as a college student I don't have the luxury of freshly cut fruit in my kitchen.

8. Warm. Mini. Corn muffins.

My roommate and I can attest to how amazing the South Quad dining hall's mini corn muffins are. Just recently we were blessed to try the corn muffins when warm. 100/10 recommend.

9. Don't forget the soft serve

Did you think I would forget the soft serve? Never. I shouldn't even have to explain this. The soft serve is always an A+, but if you want an A++ wait to cheat on your diet on a day that the dining hall makes fresh waffle cones. Now THAT'S a dessert for champions.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter | @michigandining

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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