I had just gotten out of my first class of the day – 9:20 a.m.
Typically, you could find me with my Barbie thermos full of cinnamon vanilla coffee and a stomach full of whatever my heart desired that morning. However, that was not the case on this day, and it actually isn’t the case on most mornings if I spend the night before studying all night.
Let’s also not forget the fact that an 8:30 a.m. class is a chore for the typical college student, which I can easily categorize myself into.
On this day, I barely had enough time to look presentable for class, let alone eat breakfast. I was confident that breakfast was waiting for me in the Union, and that it would satisfy my hunger as it had done many times before.
To my dismay that morning, there was no breakfast being served at Tiger Market. I was devastated. I enjoy breakfast. It’s delicious and nutritious, and it makes me feel good both physically and mentally.
As I turned to leave, I noticed that Starbucks was serving breakfast, and if I could have seen myself, I’m sure I had a glimmer of hope in my eyes.
Starbucks serves a variety of delicious coffees, frappuccinos, breakfast sandwiches, breads and coffee cakes.
I’m sold on the idea of a caramel macchiato and a breakfast sandwich in the morning, but there’s a never-ending line of hungry college students standing in between that caramel macchiato and me.
I’m sure the Starbucks here on campus is great, but I haven’t had the chance to try it because I am what I would consider a busy lady, and I don‘t have time to wait in lines. I have places to go and people to see.
My next stop: Grab N Go. I fought through the Starbucks frenzy, and proceeded to shop around for my favorite strawberry yogurt parfait and fruit cups. I guess everyone else loves them too because there weren’t any left.
After that, I was faced with either milk or juice for my choice of drink and a main dish of either chips or a hot dog. So much for trying to lose weight.
I chose to go hungry until lunchtime.
Myth or not, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or at least it is to me.
Don’t get me wrong. I agree in the marketing perspective that getting customers into Starbucks comes first with it being new on campus and in Hays.
I even understand that the whole point is to drive stubborn customers like me to try something new: Starbucks. But I like what I like, and I will always continue to order the same thing everywhere I go, time and time again. If my routine is corrupted, I get confused and indecisive.
We have more than one option for lunch, so why not have more than one for breakfast too? I’m sure there are other students and faculty that occasionally run late as I do and go to the Union for breakfast but don’t have time to wait in a thirty-minute line.
All in all, I will continue eating my daily breakfast, not only for my blood sugar, but also for my sanity. But I know there will be days coming up, maybe sooner than I realize, that I cannot get out of bed until I am rushing to get ready in the mere 10 minutes before class starts.
I’m a “the glass is half full” kind of gal, and on days like this, I will test my luck to try to beat the crowd to Starbucks or at least hope that everyone hasn’t taken all of the strawberry yogurt parfaits.