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Deciding What To Eatposted @7:24am ET on March 12, 2008
It’s halfway through the spring semester, and I’ve got my weekly routine down. I work at a hip nightclub and meet with friends on the weekends; Monday through Thursday I focus on my fulltime classes.
As an upper-level student, I have intense reading and writing classes which require time, energy and devotion. Distractions must be eliminated – and that includes worrying about whether or not I am nourishing my body as well as I should be. Forgetting about what’s “hot” in the magazines, I’ve memorized the course syllabuses, figured out the best places to park my car at the busiest hours of the day, and learned exactly what certain professors are really looking for in their best students.
But perhaps the most important part of my day is also the easiest: deciding what to eat in between classes. Like most college campuses, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) offers a wide variety of dining options. Many students opt for the popular brand-name spots such as Taco Bell, Subway, and Einstein Brothers Bagels. At lunchtime, students can expect to wait in long lines for their familiar on-the-go meals. However, for only a few bucks more than a Subway salad, I can go into the Perch all-you-can-eat dining facility and enjoy a buffet-style lunch with options from the organic salad bar to the pizza station to the dessert table.
I typically have an hour or two between classes, so returning home would be ridiculous for me and the thousands of other commuters attending FGCU. It’s a great time to get some last-minute studying done, while powering up with some delicious brain food.
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