Looking back on the time I spent away at Alabama State University as a broke college student holds so many funny memories. I loved the school, my freedom and on campus living. I hated the cafeteria food and not having the ability to eat and cook the foods I wanted to eat. If you’ve spent anytime far away from home in college I don’t have to tell you campus living brings out the frugality in us all.
Breakfast on campus is the best meal of the day. All of the favorites are served and breakfast is the exact same foods everyday. But if you missed that 7:00 A.M breakfast call it was literally a crap shoot for the rest of the day. The cafeteria served so many mystery meats for lunch and dinner I lost count. They didn’t call them mystery meats they would disguise the name and call the meats familiar names like meatloaf, veal and beef stew. The mystery meats were visually unappealing to the eye and horrible to the palette.
After attending classes all day and skipping lunch and dinner I would feel hungry as a hostage. I didn’t have any money to buy groceries nor did I have a kitchen to cook. I had a hot plate, one pot and my trusty (extremely loud) hot air popcorn popper. So, most nights me and my room mate would eat popcorn for dinner. The smell of hot popcorn wafted through the dorm almost daily.We ate so much popcorn my mom started sending the 3 pound bags in my care packages. Popcorn may not be very nutritious but it can be very filling.
Sometimes we would pocket boiled eggs from breakfast and later reheat them in a pot of boiling water and have egg salad sandwiches. Microwaves weren’t allowed when I attended college. When I look back on those experiences it’s with a smile. I’m proud of myself to have survived through that time and it shows me that I have great resolve. While I still love the smell and taste of hot popcorn and I no longer eat egg salad.
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