OPINION: The broke student life is the life for us

by | Sep 30, 2016 | Life, Opinion

Jessenia Feijo

Life Editor

It’s that time again. You’ve been in class since 8 a.m., but actually up since 6 a.m. getting ready, driving to class, and now you check your phone. It’s 1 p.m. and the sounds coming from your stomach are talking over your classmates’ voices. You know you didn’t bring a lunch today because you woke up so early and every little minute of sleep is oh so precious. So, the question stands, what should you eat?

Let’s break it down. What are the options here? There’s pizza, but you had that two days ago. Teriyaki, not too crazy about. Tim Hortons, but that line up has you second guessing yourself. Maybe, Subway? I mean, that’s the healthiest thing that comes to mind. On campus eating is extremely difficult and at many times can be an equation that remains unsolved. One is constantly in the middle of: I’m craving this but I should be eating healthier. I know I’m guilty. So guilty.

How many students though, would be able to afford healthier options on campus? Because not only does the school have to invest in that, so do we. And, let’s be honest, the majority of us tell our friends every weekend that we are too “broke” to go out.

Ideally, Sammy Jaramillo, final year Humber North campus student said, “I would like to spend at least five bucks…but that’s almost impossible. And if everything was healthy, it’ll be even more expensive.”

“Why is being a college student so expensive?” Jaramillo asks.

“All the food in the cafeteria is expensive because it’s easier access. You rather just take a two min walk to the cafeteria, than leave campus and eat something that isn’t considered junk,” he said.

While some may say that we, speaking of Humber, are making progress in healthier alternatives, like taking out the Second Cup and adding in another of the sugar-filled Booster juice, there is still a lot more that could be done to ease student’s food choices.

“A fruit salad costs almost $7 here, that’s not including taxes. A pizza slice combo with a drink and a bag of chips is somehow $5? It doesn’t make sense,” Jaramillo said.

Maybe with the minimum wage going up this Saturday, it won’t be as big of an issue.

But then again the increase only 15 cents.

That’s a story for another day.