College cafeteria food – something that most high school students think is probably way better than their mom’s bland cooking. I mean you finally get to choose whatever you want to eat every day. What you don’t know is that even though you have a choice, there are only so many options before you die of boredom. Here are 11 things that everyone who eats at Pace’s cafeteria, Kessel, knows to be true.
Truth #1. The chef will probably remember your order. Probably.
We are creatures of habit and when we don’t feel like being adventurous, we tend to order the same things. Over and over again. So when you go to the burrito or grill station so often that the chef remembers your order you might feel a little awkward … but you definitely feel special.
Truth #2. The sandwich station will probably be missing the key ingredient to your perfect sandwich.
When you are craving a provolone grilled cheese but they ran out so you have to compromise for American instead. How do you run out of provolone? You had one job Kessel, you had one job.
Truth #3. You will probably anger everyone when you are on line and still don’t know what you want.
That unbearable pressure when you are the next in line but to choose between the chicken sandwich and the grilled burger is a struggle. All you can see is the chef’s impatient glare and the long line of hungry students behind you giving you the stank eye and muttering under their breath.
Truth #4. The chef will make your sandwich/burger and it will be on point.
That awesome feeling when the chef cooks your burger to perfection with mozzarella cheese melting on top. They don’t always get it right but when they do, it’s amazing.
Truth #5. The line at the food station is either nonexistent or long as hell.
That mind-blowing moment when you step into Kessel and you hardly see anyone there. It’s time to get your favorite salad quicker than the speed of light. I think that’s the new definition of In-N-Out. You also have adapted to eating at weird hours to avoid Kessel during common hour. Because you have never seen so many students in one place on campus.
Truth #6. The fresh fruits will be better than the pre-packaged ones.
When the fruit cups cost $4.99 and you are broke af, fresh fruits are a great alternative. They usually offer oranges, bananas and apples at a more reasonable price. Or if you are feeling creative you can try making your own fruit treats to spice up your day. Plus you get your daily servings of fruits so it’s a win win.
Truth #7. The food will satisfy your after class cravings.
You thought it was a good idea to power through that three-hour class without eating beforehand or getting a snack. You have never been so wrong because halfway through the class, your stomach decided it was the perfect time to play a symphony. After that embarrassing class, you drag yourself to Kessel and decided to get a hearty sandwich. The second you stuff your face into that sub you instantly forget how much you dislike Kessel food. Yes… we are all guilty of it.
Truth #8. Sometimes you’ll get lucky with events serving free food.
Free food is a student’s dream come true. With meal money running low you have got to take advantage of free goodies. Somehow Kessel food tastes way better when it’s free.
Truth #9. There is no food on the weekends.
The only stations open are the grill, sandwich and pizza station. Get ready to get creative or take a trip into town.
Truth #10. You have to celebrate if you survive the whole semester with leftover meal plan money.
Seniors especially will understand this. That horrendous moment when you see your meal money decrease faster than your GPA. Of course, we are going to celebrate when we finish the last day with a few cents left on the meal plan.
Truth #11. You will appreciate your mom’s cooking when you get back home.
You have never realized how good your mom’s cooking was until you’re stuck eating boring cafeteria food. Thanks mom, I will never complain about your cooking ever again.