Whoa! I can’t believe we’ve already reached this point. But, here we are almost at the end of the first semester. I know everyone always says this, but it really did fly by. I remember coming here at the end of August, and thinking “Oh my God, I will never get the hang of this”. Seriously, this campus is huge, and many of the buildings, at least before you start to recognize them more, look very similar. I truly didn’t know how I was going to survive this semester. And in part, I feel like this assignment really helped me get to know the campus. It forced me to get outside my comfort zone, and explore. It’s now almost time for thanksgiving break, and I feel as if I would be able to give the campus tour.
Okay, maybe I should wait off on that for a little while.
But, like I mentioned before, this semester really went by fast. And now here I am, writing my final passion blog.
For this blog, I decided to evaluate the East Food District. While I personally was not housed in East, I know that many freshmen were. That’s why I felt that it was important that this dining commons was one of the ones to make it in here.
Perhaps it was just the day that I went, but the variety of foods seemed to be much less than that of other places. However, I did only go during lunch, and there were only about 5 stations open. I later consulted the online menu, and found that at dinner they tend to open up many more stations, and therefore offer a greater variety of food. During lunch, there really didn’t seem to be that much of a difference than the other dining halls, minus the fact that they were still serving breakfast on a weekday.
While they did have a salad and yogurt parfait bar, the majority of food that I had found seemed to be things along the burger/pizza/chicken persuasion. Like I mentioned earlier, the dinner menu was far more expansive, and it did offer a lot more healthier choice. For example, they had a vegetable section and healthier entrees. They also follow the same legends that the other dining commons do which tells you which dishes have certain allergens in them, which are meatless, vegan, and which contain pork.
You can definitely seat a larger group of people in this dining commons. In fact, the East Food District is the largest dinning commons on campus!
Now with this all done with, I just want to part some wisdom that I have gained from my experience. Yes, sharing a meal is a wonderful way to bond with friends. You sit down, you chat, and it’s great. However, if you go to the dining commons by yourself, that is also okay. In fact, there may be times where you would rather go by yourself and have a relaxing time away from people. So definitely don’t feel bad doing so. And who knows, maybe one day someone will sit down at your table, and you will gain a new friend that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.