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How To Properly Eat Your Feelings at UConn Dining Halls During Finals

Finals got you feeling hungry? Have you already exhausted all of the “eat cheap week” deals while studying late at Homer Babby? Is your sleep schedule so severely screwed up that you always show up to the dining hall at the most inopportune times (aka when they are about to switch to dinner time so you chew on a piece of stale rye bread)? We came up with a list of 5 essential comfort foods you can find at the dining hall, when you really need to eat your feelings during finals!

5.) Cereal:
You can’t go wrong with cereal. It’s available at any dining hall at all times. Pour yourself a box of your favorite cereal – Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Krispies, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Berry Blast, even Wheat Thins (we don’t judge) and throw some almond milk into the bowl (or put milk in the bowl and then cereal after — again, we don’t judge). Almond milk is the perfect finishing touch to any bowl of cereal at the dining hall, adding a gourmet kick to your mediocre yet homey breakfast/dinner/only thing you’re able to choke down after doubling up on Adderalls. 

4.) Putnam smoothies :
Are you a little bit of a health freak? Are you scared that you’re going to put on a few pounds during finals season because of all the stress eating? There are options for you! Putnam has some dank smoothies and the best part is, you can make them yourself. Throw in some veggies or some fruits, maybe mix them together – the creative process is all up to you. They’ve got beets, spinach, mangos, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, pineapple, cherries, and if you really want, kale! You can even ask for antioxidants or energy powder in your drink for that extra kick in your smoothie. We don’t know what the “energy” is, but it’s probably coke. So snort that smoothie real quick before your exam and you’ll be good to go!

3.) Rice:
The perfect comfort food for when you’re sick with the plague during finals season is rice. At every dining hall, there’s a huge rice cooker filled with sticky rice. Now, we wouldn’t recommend just eating straight up rice – that’s boring and communicates to everyone you wear socks during sex. The key to making the perfect rice bowl at the dining hall is a shit ton of sriracha. Put some rice in a bowl; get some veggies that you might find around the dining hall, maybe if you get lucky they might have stir-fry, and finally squirt sriracha all over the fuckin’ place. Eat with chopsticks because you’re so jacked up on amphetamines you need something to concentrate on. 

2.) McMahon pizza:
Stop settling for those brittle pizza slices at Northwest and make the trip to McMahon – it’s worth it. McMahon is hands down the best pizza on campus, with just the right amount of gooey-ness to the cheese and a little bit of shredded parsley. Get in on a little Barefoot Contessa action and swing by McMahon for some gourmet level cheese pizza. It makes a perfect quickie study snack, and McMahon makes a comfortable study spot as well. Kick back, enjoy a pizza, and study some organic chemistry! Everything’s fine! Pizza is always the answer even when your world is crashing around you.

1.) Dairy Bar:
‘Tis the season when every dining hall has all the best ice cream flavors stocked up; Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Black Raspberry, Coconut, Salted Caramel Crunch, Husky Tracks. When HuskyCT is down, your professor won’t answer your emails, you’ve got no points left, and you’re failing (actually who knows because none of your grades are ever updated), get yourself some Dairy Bar ice cream and eat the heck out of it. Drown your finals’ sorrows and eat some good freaking ice cream. You deserve it.

And so Huskies, we wish you good luck on all of your finals and hope you end your semester with a bunch of decent grades and food babies. Finals week is just one giant opposite-pregame for winter break, you got this. 

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