Archive for September, 2013

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

by
Maddy, Class of 2017

Okay, so…first blog post. Let’s talk about something important. Something very, very important. Something great, that everybody will love.

Let’s talk about food.

You may or may not have heard, but Potsdam holds the spot of #1 when it comes to food in the SUNY system. Well, let’s be honest, you probably have heard. We like to boast about it. You know why? Because when you live somewhere for most of the year, you want to make sure that you have something to eat every day that you want to eat. I’ve visited schools where they boasted that “you can order take-out three times every week as part of your meal plan!“, and then it was clearly evident as to why that was an option: because their food was terrible. Guess what, though? Our food is actually great. I don’t have to worry about my picky-eater vegetarian brother not being able to find anything to eat when he comes up to visit, nor do I have to worry about not being able to find things that are dairy-free.

You have choices. You can choose to eat chicken nuggets every day. As great as chicken nuggets are, humans probably shouldn’t live on chicken nuggets alone. Eating a diet of just one thing, only a few things, or even a variety of things that just plain aren’t good for you is, well…not good for you. When you were taught to “eat a rainbow of foods“, your teachers were not talking about eating a lot of differently-colored flavors of ice cream, and “eating your greens“ does not mean just eating lettuce on a cheeseburger or mint ice cream. That can lead to your “freshman/sophomore/junior/senior 15“.  It can be a real thing, and that weight can be tough to lose afterwards.

So, what can you do? Well, with so much independence, you really can make choices. You can choose to eat healthier, and you can choose to eat your junk food in moderation. I know ice cream and cookies are both very tempting, but limit your consumption. Also, you can keep yourself hydrated, which is even easier than before because we have places on-campus where you can fill up your own water bottle to carry with you. Finally, you can keep in shape, be it by going to the gym or doing sit-ups between paragraphs while reading.

So, to sum it all up: food is great. I love food, you love food, we all love food. The food here is really, REALLY great.   But don’t take my word for it, visit campus and be your own judge!