Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome back,

I would like to start the blog by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving! However you celebrate it, I hope everyone enjoyed their day! I spent the day with my family and feasted on a delicious meal. I am very thankful to be able to come home and celebrate with people I love.

Our Thanksgiving table

Our Thanksgiving table

I am on the last day of my short break and I will be heading back to campus in the morning. I was able to relax a bit over the last few days and spend time with family. We did a little shopping, set up our Christmas tree and got our nails done! I really needed some fun and I am glad my family was together. But, alas, all of the work I have to do in the coming weeks is always hanging over my head. I plan to spend the rest of today working on final projects and papers.

We have one more full week of classes ahead of us and then finals week will be here! This semester has gone by quickly, but it has been quite trying so I am more than ready to bring it to an end and start my final semester of college. Graduation has always seemed so far away, but, granted that I pass all of my courses, I will be grabbing my diploma in a just a few short months!

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I like, many resident students, find myself with an abundance of meal plan money leftover at the end of each semester. Because you are required to have a meal plan as a resident and the money does not roll over from semester to semester, there’s always a scramble to spend that money before it’s too late. During my 3 and a half years at SXU, I’ve developed a few ways to get rid of your meal plan money that I thought I might share:

1. Buy in bulk: the diner and Rhubarbs usually give you the opportunity to buy their leftover items in bulk using your meal plan money at the end of the semester. This year, they’ve even put out a handy list on which you can place your order out of the available items and pick them up before break. I highly recommend placing an order early if you know you’re going to have a lot of money left over.

2. Starbucks: The Starbucks on campus has some really cute holiday items. Sometime in late November, Starbucks will stock their shelves will merchandise like mugs, cups and thermoses for students to purchase with meal plan money. The merchandise usually sells pretty fast, so if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some of it, buy it and give it away as Christmas gifts! If the merchandise sells out before you get there, there’s always plenty of bags of coffee! I always buy some coffee and give it away as gifts as well.

3. Donate: Dining services will also give you the chance to purchase leftover non-perishable food items with your meal plan money and donate those items to charity! It’s a great way to use up that extra money and help those in need during the holidays

4. Help a friend: There’s plenty of students who don’t have a meal plan or ran out of money that are in need of lunch or a snack during the last two weeks. Sometimes when I go to the cashier in the diner and I see someone taking out cash our a credit card in front of me, I’ll tell the cashier to put their order on my meal plan. I am not saying you should do that all of the time, but it’s a nice gesture and I find that people really appreciate it!

I hope those tips help you get the most out of your meal plan this semester!

Until next time…

About Bridget Goedke

Hi everyone! I am currently a Senior communication major at Saint Xavier University! This is my second year blogging for the Cougar Diaries and I am very excited to continue sharing my story! I tend to blog a lot about my classes, happenings in and around SXU, my relationship with my identical twin sister, my family and friends and anything that I can't seem to get out of my head! I am graduating in May and preparing myself for life outside of SXU. So I invite you to join me as I embark on the final lap of my college career!

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