When I arrived at college, I was a thin 180 pounds and didn’t have to watch what I ate because the only food at my house was healthy. After my first year of college I had ballooned up to 225 pounds. It wasn’t pretty.
The reason for this was that all of the GOOD food on campus was unhealthy. If I wanted to eat something tasty, it was either Chic-fil-a, pizza or Ramen noodles. The fruit in the campus stores was often rotten. The salads looked disgusting. The pre-packaged “healthy” sandwiches were atrocious. Plus, Oklahoma State University kept bragging about how healthy our campus was (mostly because we had just banned smoking on campus). Therefore, I was a little irritated. But, my weight gain is my own fault. OSU wasn’t force feeding me greasy chicken. It was just what I chose to eat.
Now, the on-campus food prices are a complete joke and it is REQUIRED to buy a meal plan during the freshmen year. I’ve never been around any organized crime but OSU is running a racket on poor college students.
Here are some example prices of food I remember from 2008-2009 school year.
- Small bag on Tyson Chicken – slightly less than $5
- Hot ham and cheese sandwich at Student Union Grill – around $4
- 6 pack of H2OSU bottled water – $5
- 1 Ramen Noodles – 50 cents
I came to college thinking $1,000 meal plan was more than enough for four months. I was wrong and ran out mid-November and stopped buying meal plans after that.
Tips to Remember
- Don’t eat out for all meals. Restaurant food is mostly unhealthy.
- Read the labels of the food you do eat to check for fat and sodium content.
- Don’t believe that a Freshmen 15 is a life sentence.