Freshman year is the time when one learns how to adapt. There’s always something to do at the dorm, but if you’re not prepared, there isn’t always something to eat. Driving somewhere to obtain food isn’t an option- no cars for freshmen! The hours for Englar Dining Hall don’t always fit to your schedule and the pub closes at 12 AM.
So you may ask yourself, “What do I do then?” The answer is simple: prepare yourself. There are some definite essentials when it comes to dorm food; for example, the classic Ramen Noodles. They aren’t fooling around when they tell you it’s good for late nights. They will satisfy your late night hunger wholly. But when it comes to hot food, soup isn’t the only option.
Another cheap option for late night hot food is Easy Mac. Nowadays they even make Velveeta and Hamburger Helper microwavable packs. Pick these up at the store for about a dollar and enjoy later when you need it most.
“These are all great late night meals,” you may say, “but what about snacks?” The daytime munchies will hit routinely, and you need to be prepared. There is nothing better to appease your stomach than your favorite crackers, Goldfish, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, you name it. Cookies too, like Nilla Wafers, Chips Ahoy, and Oreos.
Chips work for any time of day; grab a variety pack of chips for the room and chow on them whenever you need a quick snack. Variety is always good; you never know what you’ll be in the mood for!
Everyone loves to relax. Watching movies with friends is great after a long day’s work. What goes best with movies? Popcorn. Make sure you bring plenty of popcorn to enjoy with you and your buds on late nights.
The morning requires something a little lighter, and healthier for that matter. If you don’t have time for breakfast, make sure you have a stash of granola bars ready. These treats are not only great for breakfast, but also good for a healthy dessert.
To finish everything off, make sure you have plenty of fluids. Water is the best option. In fact, the best thing you can do is buy a couple cases of water bottles for the dorm so you’re always in close proximity of healthy refreshment.
Any upperclassman will tell you that one of the most important things a freshman should prepare for is hunger. You’ll have a much less stressful and annoying time at college with a full stomach. Make sure you’re prepared to satisfy all your snacking needs.