My friends and I have been constantly asking ourselves that question for the last couple of days. We usually have a hard time figuring out what to eat for dinner anyway. Since, you know, we’re college students, we have delicate and complicated appetite, haha. Staying at school over break when dining halls are all closed makes us face our nightmare: figuring out how to feed ourselves and actually cooking. Unless you plan to live on takeout and microwave meals for the rest of your life (which I know lots of young people are actually considering as an option), cooking and eating healthily on your own is a real challenge of, well, growing up and living independently.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I’m actually on spring break right now. PC is one of the few colleges I know to have spring break this early (or in my friend Nishu’s words: “Spring break and it’s snowing! Isn’t it supposed to be warm in spring? Weird.)
Going back to the story. I decided to stay at school for spring break to work at the Political Science department. Thus far, this has been the longest break that I’ve every stayed at PC, so it’s kind of a new experience too. At the beginning of the break, I planned to use most of break to…sleep, relax, and study for midterms. That’s why I decided to live on cereal, milk, noodles, and more noodles. After, however, seeing my mum completely horrified at my idea, I altered my original plan to include rice and cooked food. And of course there is a new sushi restaurant close to PC so my friends and I had to go check that out. And Korean food on Thayer is irresistible. So in short, I guess having to figure out what to eat everyday is both excited and daunting at the same time, especially when the weather is unfavorable like it is now. I’ve been cooking a bit with one of my Vietnamese friends who is also staying on campus and even though the food hasn’t been too excellent, it’s definitely been nice to eat hot, cooked Vietnamese food in a stormy day. Don’t get me wrong, my cooked food is totally edible!
If you’re thinking about going study abroad and your home country food is not that easy to find where you study, make sure you take some cooking lessons and recipes from your mum (or dad). It will always come in handy for sure.
I swear I didn’t plan to write more about snow but if it’s only thing I can see while looking outside the window, it’s so hard to resist. Providence is endowed with another snowstorm, though this time it’s milder than Nemo. Snow makes me a jealous person, because my friends in California and Texas are bragging about the warm and sunny weather over there. But that’s okay, after surviving Sandy and Nemo and other minor snowstorms this winter; I think I can endure one more.
Oh, once again, moral of the story today: make sure you learn how to cook before going to college!!!