Boston College’s standard meal plan, which most underclassman are forced to buy, is running low for many students stuck on campus until the end of finals. Although students receive $2234 per semester in flexible dollars to spend at qualifying on-campus dining locations, this is not enough for many students as winter break draws ever closer.
“I thought I would have enough money at the beginning of the semester, because all the upperclassmen told me that I won’t spend all of it. So, I brought lots of bottle drink and I didn’t really have a plan. But last week I only had 80 dollars left in my account, and I started to worry. Right now, I had to order delivery in order not to starve myself. I will plan ahead next semester. I won’t spend more than 20 dollars a meal. I won’t buy too many soft drinks and I will eat much healthier,” Molly Mao, A&S’ 16, said.
Others are facing the same problem. “With only 24 bucks left in my account, I plan to eat salad during the next 4 days until I leave for home. This is so miserable,” Heini Salonen, CSOM’16, said.
How to survive in the second semester with limited dining bucks is a crucial strategy to learn. Here is some advice from upperclassmen:
- Buy value meals. Main dining hall such as Lower Live and McElory provide value meals which can save students a large amount of money.
- Eat vegetables instead of meat. Vegetables are usually cheaper.
- Have a light breakfast. Don't use half your daily budget before noon.
- Have dinner with a friend. Students left with money in their account become extremely popular this time of year.
- Stay away from dining halls. Don’t go to Mac or Lower all the time. Keep yourself from the dining halls and the money will stay in your account.