Alexis Peterson, Ad Rep
Imagine, it’s a Friday, you’re on campus and you’re hungry. No one has to imagine it, because we’ve all been there. Everyone knows after 2 p.m. on Fridays there is no food to be found on University of Missouri–St. Louis’ campus unless you are in the mood for a Subway sandwich. Because I love sandwiches as much as the next person, but when you have them three to five days a week because you’re working late or have a night class on campus and Subway is the only thing open, they get old pretty fast.
I am a person who loves food. It isn’t just a sustenance thing for me, I enjoy eating and I want to have options when I’m choosing my foods. I don’t want the same turkey sandwich every night just because I’m working late. I know what you’re saying, ‘Well Alexis, maybe you could order something else’, no. I will not do that. I should not have to, there should be more options than one Subway open on a campus this size on a Friday night.
Friday nights are when students either work, or they want to hang out. Even if you want food on South Campus you can’t get it from 2–6 p.m., because Provincial House closes their dining hall during those times. These are the times when students might be getting out of class, and just now finding time for lunch. Maybe they’re in between their job and their night classes with not enough time to go anywhere else.
I can tell you there are not any food places close enough that you could leave campus and get back within 45 minutes. How can I tell you this? Experience, my friends. I think with the availability of nearby food being close to nothing, the campus should make more food options available to us. We, as students, learn, work, and sometimes live here. We spend a majority of our time here, so it seems as though the dining options should cater to us. Instead, a lot of the time, it seems impossible to find food.
Could I bring my own lunch? Sure, and sometimes I do. But not everyone has access to a refrigerator or a whole kitchen. I know that most of the kitchens in UMSL’s buildings, like the Millennium Student Center or the Nursing Administration Building don’t have stoves. Which can be very inconvenient if you’re trying to not live off of microwaved food.
Long story short, I don’t want to live out of a vending machine, and believe it or not, neither do most college students. While we may like junk food once in a while, we don’t want it all the time. The custard vending machine in the MSC is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want it for dinner four days a week. And while I am more than happy to have some Cool Ranch Doritos twice a week, I cannot live on them.
TL;DR, there should be more food options on campus as well as more readily available foods on campus. I am always hungry, that hunger does not change based on the availability of the food around me. Please, UMSL, offer more food options, I am tired of eating Subway sandwiches and vending machine snacks.