Things You Know if You Work at the Dining Hall


People who eat at the dining hall often think they know everything about it. This, however, is completely untrue. Students may understand the stereotypes of the people who sit in certain areas or the types of food that is served, but student workers know the truth about what goes on behind the scenes at the dining hall.


1. College students love food that goes straight from the freezer to the deep fryer – from mozzarella sticks to french fries and chicken patties to onion rings, college students go crazy for deep fried food.

2. Cleaning tables sucks more than anything. Cleaning tables when they’re covered in food, salt, and napkins is the worst thing in the world. And cleaning tables when you see your crush for the first time in a week makes you want to crawl into a hole and hide there for the rest of the year.

3. Unhealthy food runs out much faster than healthy food.

4. Complainers are the worst. Ever heard someone say, “I pay X amount of money to go to this school, can’t they at least feed me some decent food?!” (What’s worse is the people who request fresh kale at the salad bar or ones who demand organic options because “it’s no longer the 1990s.” Right, because non-organic food became unacceptable when we crossed into this millennium.)

5, Some of the food is delicious and homemade, and some of it is frozen crap. Knowing which is which can make all the difference.


6. People waste so much food. Think before you load up your plate or tray – how hungry are you really?

7. There are some people who will tell on you for trying to sneak food out in tupperware. If you don’t know who they are and how to avoid them, you will get caught.

8. You don’t know how you gained the freshman fifteen? Really? We do.

9. Some of the cooks are the coolest/nicest people ever. Befriending them can make every work shift and meal that much better.

10. A lot of work goes into every meal – it means a lot when people appreciate the work everyone in the dining hall does to make every day just a little bit easier for the rest of the student body.


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