Take a Crash Course in Celiac Survival on a College Campus

bunch of grainShelby Kaho is a college sophomore and a professional blogger for She has also not eaten anything that contains gluten for the past six years. In case you are wondering why Shelby has given up cakes, breads, and other products that contain gluten, it is because she is a celiac, which means she has a gluten allergy/intolerance.

In order to raise awareness about living gluten-free, Shelby recently wrote a series of blogs for Her recent articles on this website have address concerns that celiac college students face, such as how to avoid eating gluten on their college’s campus. Looking for leadership training to make your business grow? Visit this site to find more information.

Voicing Concerns Made Dining Safer for One Gluten-Free College Student.
In this article, Shelby shares her story of when she first moved to college and had to face a dangerous place for celiacs: the campus cafeteria. Shelby says that although her school promised to help her stay safe by providing foods that were gluten-free, the cafeteria workers were uneducated about what “gluten-free” really means and accidentally cross-contaminated her food with foods that contained gluten. Luckily for Shelby, her efforts and wiliness to work with the cafeteria staff and dining manager paid off and her dining hall is much safer for celiac diners. At the end of the article, Shelby offers advice for celiac students who are trying to fit in and feel included on their school’s campus.

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Beyond the Books: Finding a Social Circle

By Stephanie VanderVelden

Going away to college is anxiety ridden for a plethora of reasons. Being away from home, living in a new place, with new responsibilities, stacks of books, midterms, finals, the list goes on. But for many new students, loneliness is an issue. The task of finding a new group of friends is daunting. Resources on campus provide excellent opportunities for meeting people. Here are some ideas:

Take Advantage of Student Clubs

Student organizations and clubs are in abundance at most colleges and universities. Clubs are created by, made for, and run by students. Clubs cover a wide spectrum, so whatever interests you, is probably available. Whether it be politics, community service, movies, food, or sports, chances are there are other students passionate about the same things. Check out your college’s website for registered student organizations to find an interesting club. Or, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can start your own!

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Brown Bag Lunch Ideas to Save You Money

brown bag lunchMost college students are living on a fixed budget. There are so many expenses that steal your money, little is left over to feed yourself. Buying your meals everyday from the school cafeteria can add up fast, and personally, I don’t like to spend a big chunk of my weekly “allowance” on food at the school cafeteria. However, I usually don’t have enough time to go off campus to get something to eat either. As a result, I brown bag it most days.

While bringing my own lunch is a much cheaper and healthier option than getting French fries and a burger every day, it can get boring. A girl can only eat pb&j so many times before the mere thought makes her mouth feel sticky with peanut butter.

Here are some of my favorite alternatives to the boring sandwich-and-chips brown bag lunch to jazz up your meals without putting a big dent in your pocketbook. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make School Lunch Healthy and Affordable

sack lunchIf your child’s lunch isn’t part of your back to school plans, consider putting it on the list. While the lunches at school are often more convenient and maybe even more affordable for some, they are generally void of nutrition. School cafeterias dish out as much processed food as a fast-food restaurant, only they try to pass it off as a balanced meal. Corn dogs, football game-style nachos, fruit cocktail, french fries and even those frozen PBJs are common players on the cafeteria tray.

Fuel your child’s body to get through reading, writing and even recess with a wholesome lunch. Shop smart for more nutritious foods and you’ll be able to fill a lunch box in a healthy and affordable way.

  • Buy a reusable lunch container. It’s more environmentally sound and you don’t have to keep paying for new bags. Plus, the insulated bags allow you to pack fresh items. Read the rest of this entry »

College Students Go Gourmet in Dorm Rooms and Cafeterias

college girls pizza partyI was lucky enough to always live off-campus, so I never had the true “dorm cafeteria experience,” nor did I have to balance a microwave, laptop, and television on my small desk that barely fit in my room. I had a kitchen, but that didn’t necessarily mean I ate balanced, healthy, home-cooked meals all the time. College budgets are small, so for me, there was a lot of pizza and Kraft Mac and Cheese. For a long time after I graduated, I couldn’t even look at a PB&J, as it had been a staple of my college diet.

For most students living in the dorms, dinner meant soup in a hotpot or getting pizza delivered. The most interesting thing about the campus dining hall was often the salad bar – and how interesting can a salad bar really be? Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. College Cafeterias Saying Goodbye to the Tray

Here’s a new green trend in college education: cafeterias without trays.  Students at colleges and universities across the U.S. have come back to school to find their cafeterias trayless, and suddenly find themselves carrying their meals back to their tables sans a handy carrying device.

cafeteria tray

Here’s why.  Going trayless saves money and helps the environment.  At the University of Florida, officials estimate that going trayless will save close to half a million gallons of water annually, not to mention soap.  That’s quite a savings in the school’s water bill that also lightens the load on an area that’s been stricken by drought for multiple years.

In addition, getting rid of the trays means less wasted food.  Students tend to only take what they can eat because there’s only so much they can carry.  This means less food in the landfills, which also saves the school money and lightens the load on the environment (and perhaps takes a chunk out of the dreaded Freshman 15).

Some students are going to complain, of course.  In a crowded cafeteria, this might cause a bit of chaos, as people wander back and forth from the cafeteria line to bring back their food.  If it’s really a problem, though, perhaps students can bring their own trays.  They can wipe them down after each meal and wash them after every few. Or hey, if your hands are full, stick a few items in your backpack.

At any rate, this strikes me as an innovative idea, even if students are stuck balancing their food.


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