It is a big transition from the school year to the summer at Union. The greatest difference is the need to provide your own food. No more dining hall food or declining balance (Declining balance is the virtual currency that is stored on your Union ID to purchase food at the Union food outlets). To be honest, cooking at Union is not the easiest task:
- You only have a small dorm-room fridge to store your food.
- The Minerva kitchens lack utensils or cooking implements.
- It is expensive to purchase all the staples you might take for granted in your own home (like milk, potatoes, or salt).
Of course the answer isn’t to rely on Chinese takeout and frozen pizza, although I know a few people who are doing just that. My roommate and I have joined culinary forces in an attempt to take advantage of what Union has to offer. We have a rice cooker in the room and the college does have some good cooking resources:
- The Minerva kitchen is equipped with a full stove and oven.
- Each Minerva and each fraternity has its own grill.
Mealtime has quickly become a competition between various rooms but we are winning because, let’s be honest, physics majors are always the best cooks. I expect our culinary endeavors will only improve with time as we purchase the staples we need to pull off some real meals.