Meal plans at VCU?

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jrstephe

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I have friend at Nova who says he wishes he had signed on for a meal plan and I was wondering if there was anyone participating in one now? If no one is participating does anyone know how many day per semester we will be there?
 

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Don't do it unless you will be living in the graduate dorms... or want to gain 500 lbs. :scared:
 

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The thing about meal plans is that you have to be dedicated. They will charge you a flat fee and assume that you will eat three meals a day for the entire semester. That's how they figure up the costs to charge each student. No midnight snacks either. :(

On the other hand, if you would like to save a bunch of money, you can hook up a crockpot and convection microwave in your dorm and eat really well for the entire semester for a fraction of the cost. You can cook just about anything in a crockpot (tender roast and gravy with rice is just one example) and a convection microwave (endless possibles here). These are also acceptable in most dorms since they don't involve a direct flame or a stove eye that could cause a fire hazard.

I like to cook for myself since the food is homemade and goes a lot further than dining out or having to go to a cafeteria when I'm hungry. It is also a fraction of the cost of eating out. You just add the delicious ingredients to the crockpot from your fridge, set it to "warm", and you have a hot meal waiting on you when you get home from school. I have a divider tray in my crockpot to keep it real, so last night I ate stewed roast with carrots and potatoes with steamed broccoli and cheese sauce that I had cooking in the other half. You can pretty much do what you want. Going this route, you will eat like a king during dental school for pennies on the dollar.
 

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well I am one of those people who has to have a real breakfast and I am not going to be living on campus to be able to run home for lunch. I was thinking maybe it would be easier to eat two meals (breakfast & lunch) at school rather than having to worry with cooking and getting packed every morning. I was also thinking if I had the meal plan I wouldn't have to worry about running out of money at the end of the semester.
 

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I assure you that most of us either bring our lunch or walk over to the hospital, which has a cafeteria, McD's, Chik-Fil-A, a bagel joint (my fave!), coffee stand, and a bunch of tasty food carts outside. I think the meal plan only works at Larrick, which is a further walk in the opposite direction and the food is gross. I've only known a handful of people who had a meal plan during 1st year and they lived in dorm... even those people ended up not using a meal plan in their D2 year.
 

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well I am one of those people who has to have a real breakfast and I am not going to be living on campus to be able to run home for lunch. I was thinking maybe it would be easier to eat two meals (breakfast & lunch) at school rather than having to worry with cooking and getting packed every morning. I was also thinking if I had the meal plan I wouldn't have to worry about running out of money at the end of the semester.

i assure you, you will not want to get to school earlier than you have to either ;) also the hospital has a decent breakfast that is cheap.. eggs, oatmeal, sausage, cereal, and waffles
 
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