How to Eat in College During the Week

Meal times evaporate when you're in college. Rarely are you home to cook a real meal three times a day and rarely do you have the funds to grab Jimmy Johns everytime you need it. Here's how to make through a school day on campus without withering from hunger!

Eat Breakfast

Whether this means waking up ten minutes earlier for a bowl of cereal or grabbing a granola bar out the door, don't go to class on an empty stomach. If you do, you're already losing the battle and will spend the rest of the day trying to fill up.

Pack a Sandwich

This also requires about five extra minutes in the morning, but it's worth it. Go old school and make a PB&J like mom did or if you're feeling really fancy, throw some turkey, cheese, lettuce, and hummus in a wrap and throw it in your bookbag. Think about this, you could spend less than a dollar on this option or spend at least $7 eating out every lunch hour.

Pack a Snack

Whether you need something to fill you up really quick between classes, or you just need something to nibble on so you're not the person snoring away oblivious to the world, snacks can be life savers. Bananas and apples are easy to pack for the day and pre-packaged snacks are all the rage at grocery stores. Stock up and be ready for that mid-afternoon slump.

Take a Water Bottle

Before I started carrying a water bottle around campus, I would get home around 4 in the afternoon nearly foaming at the mouth. Not only does carrying a water bottle around keep you hydrated (obviously), but saves you money if you don't have to buy one everyday and can trick your tummy into thinking you're more full than you are.

No matter what, you'll have days during your college career when you're on campus for 12+ hours. They're not fun and leave you depleted of energy and motivation for the stack of homework waiting for you at home. Do yourself a favor and pack some fun things to nibble on throughout the day!

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!