One of the biggest changes students have experienced since returning to campus is that of the dining hall. A once-bustling hub,rich with friends, class breaks and overall camaraderie, the dining hall has been reduced to a place to pick-up your meal and immediately disperse.
Leaving my room for the first time, I felt bittersweet, I was excited to start my next chapter, but at the same time I didn’t know what to expect. September 7th, 2019. Move-in day at Lasell, the start of a new chapter, the beginning of adulthood.
As soon as my parents and my girlfriend left the campus, I started living on my own. The first weekend was pretty much getting to know people and learning how to get around campus. The size of the campus was very unexpected as I knew it was small, but I didn’t think it was this small. You can get around campus pretty easily, and the shuttle takes you anywhere from the Natick Mall, to Riverside Train Station whenever we want to leave.
As I was about to go to sleep for the first time in my new home, I heard sirens throughout the night, and cars driving on the highway that is right next to Lasell, I remember not being able to fall asleep any earlier than 3 a.m the first few weeks living here. As the next day came around I started walking around the campus, looking where all of my classes are, and what there is to do around here.
When I walked into the dining hall, there was a very unique smell to it, I could smell the pizza dough being created, grilled chicken, and the smell of burgers being cooked on the grill.
The burgers tasted like a burger from Tasty Burger at Fenway Park, and the pizza had the perfect mix of charcoal and grease with the toppings so perfectly assorted. In my opinion, the pizza is the best thing in the dining hall.
As classes started, I felt an urge of anxiety walking to my first class wondering If I would be able to handle the workload. My first day of classes included waking up at 9 a.m to go to my Writing class at 10, which was followed by Understanding Mass Media at 12:30 p.m. So far it has been a little difficult but something that I will be able to overcome.
Now seven weeks in at Lasell, I feel as though I could still find a lot more to do around here rather than being in my dorm the whole day after classes. I am extremely excited about the rest of my semester at Lasell University!
The marketing manager of Chartwells hosted focus group meetings regarding students’ reception of dining hall staff and its food on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28 in the Crow’s Nest of Valentine Dining Hall.
Chartwells is here. Can you tell? I can, but it’s not because things are different. In my eyes, Valentine is incomplete without the former general manager of Sodexo, Mairead Van Heest. I’m also not sure if the college sent her away properly – the students were never able to say goodbye and thank you.
There may be some new food options for Lasell in the near future. A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued to get bids from other dining service providers.
“It’s probably closer to 25 years since we actually issued an RFP for dining services,” said Diane Austin, Lasell College Vice President of Student Affairs and a member of the RFP selection team. “And that is probably reflective of the fact that we felt like we’ve had a good partnership with Sodexo.”
It is 10:37 p.m. and I just got off the T from work. Walking back to my room, I think about what I’m going to eat for dinner. I went in at 5:00 p.m., so by now I’m absolutely starv- ing, but I don’t want another Panera sandwich, or Chipotle for the hundredth time this year.