The Challenges of Self-Sufficiency: Apartment Living

It’s 9pm on a Tuesday. “Can I cook a turkey burger in the microwave?” I hear my roommate ask me from the kitchen of our Rashford Hall apartment.

Though I’m not entirely sure the answer, I let her know it’s probably best to use the stove. I hear a sigh, and the sound of her putting the frozen turkey burger box back into the freezer. In hindsight, this exchange may represent the daily trials and tribulations associated with living in an apartment for the first time. Let’s be honest, when it’s a Tuesday night and you’re neck deep in readings,

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The Omnivorous Philly Food Tour

It’s no question that Philadelphia is known as the home of the “Philly Cheesesteak”. If you’re new to living in Philadelphia, you probably don’t know about all of the other signature foods that are unique to the city. While meat lovers may want to stop by Pat’s or Geno’s for an authentic Philly dining experience, these cheesesteak places aren’t very fun options for vegetarians. I’m a vegetarian myself, but I don’t like dragging my meat loving friends to vegetarian restaurants on a regular basis. I also don’t like eating a salad every time I go out to eat. Luckily, they are several places in the city where vegetarians and meat lovers can happily coexist.

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Adulthood vs. Fun?

“I feel like such an adult.”

So I said yesterday, while in the process of buying a mouse trap.

At what point did it become an “adult” thing to have to deal with mice in your apartment? Adulthood should be associated with having pro-actively cleaned counters and secured food, not with spending 9 dollars on a reactive solution to a mouse emergency. Adulthood should be associated with taking responsibility for preventing bad situations, not just for responding to them when they pop up.

Undergraduate college students are placed in a strange box between childhood and adulthood.

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Coffee & College

Before college, you may think that coffee is disgusting. You may barely be able to stand the smell.  However, once the rigor of college begins, coffee will be a necessity and become your sixth food group. Maybe the only way for a college student that is disgusted by coffee to survive is to wean into drinking it by adding a bunch of sugar and cream to it.  Before you know it you will be drinking it straight black.

It is a known fact that college students drink coffee. This is why there is a Starbucks conveniently located on Hawk Hill.

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In Defense of Campion

I recently have been particularly sensitive to student’s comments about Campion food. I’ve heard people complain about food selection, operating hours, and workers. “The fries are always undercooked”, “I hate leftovers”, “the lines are too long”, “there are no vegetarian options”, “I’d rather starve”… Enough is enough!

It’s not your mom’s cooking, that’s a given, but it is good food.

The final straw was when a satirical article was published in The Squawk, the school newspaper’s April Fools prank, which thanked Campion for getting “to wait in a 20-minute long line for a crusty chicken sandwich served with gourmet shoestring French fries or a piping hot plate of mysterious chewy meat chunks with stale white rice”.

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