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Freshman 101: What To Do With Your Extra Meal Points

Picking the right meal plan can be pretty difficult — you may end up with too many meal points at the end of the semester, but not enough to jump down a level. Since the money in your meal plan is forfeighted at the end of the spring, you might as well spend it while you can.

Here are some ways to splurge but still spend the rest of your meal plan wisely:

Hit Up The HUB

Treat yourself during finals week and get your meals from the HUB; the food is more expensive and also more satisyfing. Hit up spots like Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and McCalister’s Deli for some brand-name comfort foods and snacks. Even the salad bar only offers a 10 percent discount, which is significantly less than the 65 percent discount from the other dining halls.

Get Made-To-Order Food From Au Bon Pain

If you’re looking for somewhere new to get lunch on campus, head to Au Bon Pain. You can order soup, coffee, salads, and made-to-order sandwiches from the cafe and use your meal points — without a discount. Au Bon Pain will let you fuel up for finals week and spend your extra meal points.

Take Advantage Of The Convenience Stores

Spend away at the on-campus convenience stores and get absolutely everything you need for finals week all in one trip. You can pick up index cards, highlighters, pencils, and other study essentials with your points. You can also stock up on toiletries, kitchen supplies, and snacks to sustain you throughout the last week of the semester. If you’re really trying to spend, pick up some cases of water bottles and Gatorade to keep you hydrated.

Go To Late Night For A Midnight Snack

Instead of studying in your dorm or in the library, head to Late Night to snack while you study. While you’re hitting the books, you can eat some breakfast food or ice cream — you’ll even have constant access to coffee.

Swipe In At The Creamery

Take advantage of the warm weather and your last few days in State College by enjoying some ice cream. If you’re still desperate at the end of the semester, buy some ice cream to take home and get your cooler packed with dry ice. There’s a wide variety of food and snacks you can buy at the creamery besides ice cream as well.

Swipe In Your Friends

If all else fails, take all your friends to lunch and swipe them in at the dining halls. Your off-campus friends without a meal plan will be grateful for the free food and it’s a great time to catch up (after all, you may not see them all summer).

Did we miss anything? Comment below and let us know how you like to spend your extra meal points. 

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Katie Klodowski

Katie is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA and a retired editor at Onward State. Currently, she works as a staff writer. True to her hometown, she is a fan of Steel City sports but also uses her ballet and music training to be a tough critic of all things artsy. The fastest ways to her heart are through pizza, sushi, and a solid taste in music (this means no Taylor Swift). To be constantly razzle-dazzled, follow her on all social media forms at @KatieKlodowski


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