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January 27, 2013

Eating at Clark

Lekker, lekker, lekker!

After reading Jessa’s fantastic post this week about eating at Clark, I thought I’d chime in with a few thoughts of my own.  After all, I too like food, and it’s getting to that point in the term where I find myself wistfully reminiscing about winter break, when I had food like the waffle above placed in front of me on a regular basis.  Sadly, that’s not the world I live in any more.  I pay for all my food (and rent, incidentally) and that means I eat (a) less, (b) less well, and (c) less often than I would otherwise.  It makes me miss Clark, and all-you-can eat buffets.

Breakfast each day: Tesco’s cheese (£3 a pack) and bread left over from dinner.

So, what do I think about the food situation at Clark?  In its essentials, I think it’s fantastic.  One of the biggest misconceptions today’s parents have is that college food is, by definition, disgusting.  I suspect that’s because when most of our parents when to school, it was.  I really don’t think that’s the case any more.  It certainly isn’t at Clark.  As Jessa has mentioned, there’s an enormous range of options – all, in my opinion, tasty – and the staff is extraordinarily responsive to student requests.  At times, that means we get truly horrific food that some random student requested (taco pizza, anyone?) but it’s also part of a broader Clark culture of respect for student engagement and agency.

So yes, I miss it.  While I won’t be going back on the meal plan when I come back to Clark (that pesky paying for food thing, again) I certainly don’t feel stiffed out of the money that was paid for my first two years of a meal plan at Clark.  The food was good, it was fresh, and it was available from 8 am until 8 pm.  Compared to my situation this year, that’s pretty much heaven.  Then again, I have been enjoying cooking a bit more than before, and there’s a sense of direct control that you get from shopping for yourself that you wouldn’t have otherwise.  But yeah, if you come to Clark, you definitely won’t be complaining about the food.

Fajitas.

What else is new?  I’ve fully applied to the Truman Scholarship, as I mentioned a few weeks ago.  I’ll hear back on February 22nd.  As it’s quite a competitive scholarship, with many many extraordinary students applying, my expectations are set quite low.  Time will tell.  I’ve also applied to Clark’s own office of Residential Life and Housing for a position as Housing Complex Manager next year, which would be an interesting challenge (and a nice followup to last year’s work as an RA).  The next few weeks will see me finish up a few essays, enjoy visits into town from some old friends, and start considering next year’s classes and Honors Thesis work.  It’s remarkable how fast time trots along.  So, until next week, enjoy the snow (and the cold) and happy eating!

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