Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with the quarter system being only 10 weeks long, it’s important to start each day off right. The food you reach for in the morning says a lot about how your week is shaping out to be.
1-2: Avocado Toast and Hand Squeezed Orange Juice
The quarter is just beginning, and so far you have your life completely in order: Your assignments are carefully written into your planner, you’re going for runs after class and you’re carefully preparing your breakfast in the mornings. All’s right with the world.
Weeks 3-4: Eggs
Assignments are starting to creep in and midterms are quickly approaching, if they’re not already here. You’re having to plan out your time more wisely, but you still want to make sure you’re having time for breakfast, so you reach for something easy to make. There’s no need for embellishments as long as you’re eating a hot breakfast.
Weeks 5-6: Cereal/Oatmeal
Midterms are now fully upon you, and if you’re a STEM major, it’s most likely only the first of many. You’re starting to become a little scatterbrained, but you’re trying to stick to the promise you made to your parents to eat breakfast every morning. You can’t be bothered to do any actual cooking, though, so cereal or oatmeal will have to do.
Weeks 7-8: Granola/Protein Bars
Oh boy, you don’t know where this quarter has gone, but it’s definitely weighing on you now. You’re rushing from class to class and trying to sneak in some sleep whenever you can. At least you’re remembering to reach for something on the way out the door, and hey, granola bars have some benefits, right?
Weeks 9-10: Potato Chips
You’re a mess at this point. It’s your third all-nighter in a row and you’ve had to lie to your parents when they call and ask about all the amazing meals you’re eating. You’re lying to yourself when you buy those potato chips; they don’t even remotely contain a vegetable. I mean, for god’s sake, potatoes are a starch.
Finals Week: Yerba Matte/Starbucks
At this point, your body is 90-percent caffeine; it’s honestly the only thing keeping you going. You haven’t seen the inside of your room in a week and your roommates are starting to wonder if you’ve moved out. Here’s a cheery thought to keep you going: You’ll be repeating this whole process again for another two quarters. Maybe you should’ve gone with the semester system.
Tiffany is the On The Menu Co-Editor and has been at the Nexus since spring of her freshman year. When not working on the paper, she is the literal embodiment of an English major and can survive on coffee alone.