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HUC not missed
All I heard during the first week of school were people complaining about where to find food or how much they missed the HUC. Well, nobody should miss that building. Sure, we all miss easy access to Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell, but isn’t that a good thing?
Without fast food options readily available on campus, students are able to make healthier dining options. With the Commons now on an all-you-can-eat schedule, students are able to enjoy a variety of options, whether that’s sandwiches, salads, fruits, cereals, or chicken. Of course not all the options at the Commons are healthy. Almost every time I go in there, I end up with pizza on my plate and cookies for dessert. But having an all-you-can-eat style meal, I’m more likely to go back and grab a banana or an orange if I’m still hungry rather than grabbing cereal marshmallow bars.
I recognize that food trucks are the best things for the campus due to the number of students and lack of supplies, but food trucks allow variety as well. In some cases, I’d rather get my meal from a food truck than at the Commons or Subway. I wouldn’t want to eat from a truck every day, but when I see the Cantina truck, my mouth waters. In fact, I’d eat way less at Cantina than I would at the Commons because, in my opinion, it is more filling and a little healthier than the Commons.
But the best food option to replace the HUC’s café is your very own kitchen. That’s right, UAB; we’re adults. Buying groceries and preparing your own meals can create a ton of variety in lunch and dinner options, as well as open up a huge array of healthier snacks and meals. I’m not the healthiest person in the world, but I’d take a peanut butter sandwich from home over cheeseburgers on hard buns from the Commons.
I’ve had back to back classes before and if I didn’t eat before hand, I was absolutely starving by the end of the second class. But bringing lunches can eliminate waits and scheduling conflicts. The only wait for from-home lunches depends on how long it takes you to unzip your book bag. Of course, no one wants to feel like they are in middle school again by carrying around a lunch box, but you’ve gotta admit, there are some cool lunch boxes around. Every time I’m in Walmart, I look at the lunch boxes for children (I’m not ashamed that I’ve heavily considered purchasing an Iron Man lunch box).
Having the at-home options can greatly benefit students. I know students in Camp or Blazer have limited kitchen ability, but upperclassmen dorms are well equipped to have spaghetti dinners, or baked chicken. Even leftovers will make for great between class meals. Students can even now look up quick, healthy recipes on the kscope website.