The University of Akron’s Meal Plan

What’s wrong with your meal plan?

The freshmen of the 2015 fall of the University of Akron had one of the most thievish meal plans for a university that claims to be non-profit. How would you feel if you paid me $3,428 for a year of food, but you spent the money the way I want you too? That’s not fair because it’s your money, right? The 2015 fall freshmen were required to live in a resident hall and to have a meal plan. The average freshman spent $3,428 of food to the university. However, we were only allowed to spend our money within certain times and certain amounts a day and whatever amount of money you don’t use goes to the university. College is already expensive and stressful enough. Why should we have to pay more of what we don’t use? The university should change their meal plans so the students that paid for them can pay like it’s their money. Not the University.

How do the parents feel about this?

Fortunately, I am able to afford college through my parent’s support. However, they seem a little upset when they hear from their child that they’re finding it difficult to find time to eat. They spent a lot of money for me to eat on campus and they don’t get any of that money back that was left over.

Why am I finding a hard time to eat?

Take studying, classes, and sleep into consideration with the three different time periods we’re allowed to eat. . Given from source, the University of Akron, Dining Plan Options and Costs, we have four time periods to eat are “Breakfast 7:00 a.m. — 10:45 a.m., lunch 11:00 a.m. — 3:45 p.m., dinner 4:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m., and late night 10:00 p.m. — 1:00 a.m.” Most of the time I result in snacks and skipping meals, which is not really healthy, and I buy food outside of my meal plan. Consequently, I’m spending a lot of money outside of my meal plan as well.

How has the meal plan impact your health?

Since freshmen are known for the “Freshman 15.” I wanted to keep track of my weight and fortunately I haven’t gained or lost any weight since I began college. However, I wanted to know how healthy I was. Therefore, I saw a dietetic intern that was offered to me free from the University. Now skipping a few meals every now and then doesn’t sound too bad. Although, Dietetic intern, James Horton, suggests otherwise. He said in response to skipping meals “You should eat three meals a day and two nutritional snacks throughout the day”, and “It’s a part of the reason why freshmen gain weight and start unhealthy habits and the result in the long term could worsen if you don’t find time to cut out snacks and eat nutritional meals and snacks.” Therefore if we don’t find time to eat nutritional meals, we start to begin these unhealthy habits, by living off of snacks.

So how would you resolve this?

Kent State University’s official website as a source, titled Dining Plans states that“Our plans are set-up on a declining balance system. This means that you are able to use your Dining Plan how you want, when you want. Everything is priced individually, so you pay for exactly what you’re getting.” They are $60 more than the University of Akron’s twelve traditional meal plan, but you can use them at any time you want and you get what you’re paying for. As a student here, I would much rather pay a little bit more for something I know I’m going to get. Rather than spending $3,428 for a year and not to be able to spend my money like it’s mine. Fortunately, the University of Akron is changing their meal plan to this type of system for next semester. Maybe the dining services had enough complaints and realized how wrong the meal plan system was to have them change their mind.

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