For the first month of school, students love the cafeteria. It offers a variety of cuisines and serves the best desserts, including frozen yogurt, cookies, and cakes. However, after about the second or third month, students grow tired of the same chicken and rice dish. Many opt for daily hamburgers or chicken nuggets with french fries, which only contribute to the Freshman 15. The cafeteria does offer different entrées, like pizza, salad, sandwiches, and pasta, but they are the same options every day. Students who are trying to eat healthy have even less variety, and usually eat a salad or grilled chicken for every meal.
Students use their meal plans when they eat at the cafeteria, so they never really know how much the food costs in dollars. If a student who doesn’t have a meal plan wants to eat in the cafeteria, he or she has to pay $10 for lunch or $15 for dinner, which is extremely overpriced. The cafeteria promotes itself as a buffet-style dining option to justify these high costs, but most students only have one entrée, a beverage, fruit, and maybe a cookie, which is not worth $10 or $15. Students are not even allowed to take any food out of the cafeteria, so they often hide fruit in their bags and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for later to try to get the most from their money. The cafeteria is a good experience for a freshmen. It is a very social environment because it is the only cafeteria on campus, so students are sure to see numerous classmates and friends at each meal. But, most students move off campus their sophomore or junior year to have a kitchen so they can cook food they actually want to eat.