These past two days, I traveled to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for New Student Orientation. Since we spent one night overnight on campus, I had breakfast on the second day in one of the dining halls. Here are five things I learned from this (both about breakfast and dining in general) that would be useful for many college freshman!
- Dining halls have anything and everything to eat. Even if you don’t eat breakfast in high school, it’s worth it to grab something to eat, even if it’s just a bagel or fruit, on your way to class.
- Use the wide array of options to vary your choices of breakfast! Things could get tedious if you eat the same thing every morning, so make sure to make the most of what you’ve got. From what I saw at UNC, there was everything from muffins to eggs and even pancakes and grits.
- Don’t go overboard on your breakfast portion. Though we have stressed the importance on many posts, it won’t help you if you’re eating the equivalent of two breakfasts each day. Eat well, but in moderation.
- Many dining halls only serve breakfast up until a limited point. Make sure you know the times at the dining halls across campus, so you don’t miss it if you’re planning on stopping by before a later class.
- If you have a limited meal plan, make sure you don’t write off breakfast as unimportant. It may seem easier to sleep in, like high school, but if you plan on only having two meals and just a snack during the day, have breakfast and skip lunch, rather than the other way around.
As you head to college, whether it’s next year, or in four years, you should definitely eat breakfast as often as you can, if you don’t already. Many of the same benefits that exist for high school students exist for college students as well. Since you will not be home, it’s up to you to be on top of yourself to get yourself to the dining hall each morning and check out whatever great breakfast options your college has to offer!