Frosh meal plans

Next year, the frosh will have three meal plans to choose from: 8 meals/$686 in points, 5 meals/$953 in points, or 8 meals/$1016 in points (Thanks, Kristina!).

Let me just take this opportunity to say that my freshman year, we had a whopping $150 in points. We also had to walk to class in the snow uphill both ways, but hell, you will too, so fuck that analogy.

Obviously things are going to be different next year since the new campus center will be replacing Mocon, Davenport, and Late Night (I think?) in one fell swoop. My recommendation: Go for the 5-meal plan. It’s the best value and offers the greatest number of options.

Why? First of all, Usdan will have a Mocon-like cafeteria, which means 1) It’ll be one of the only things open during orientation and 2) Huge tables. As much as I hate to admit it, sitting at those big tables was really helpful in meeting and connecting with other lonely/terrified freshmen during the crucial first weeks. And, of course, that’s also why it’s the only thing open during orientation–To force you to sit with each other.

What’s more: The extra pointage means more variety when you invariably tire of the cafeteria, which will probably happen sometime near the end of the Fall term. You can get breakfast at Pi! Chicken fingers at WesWings! Paninis at Red & Black! All places that don’t take meals. Even if you decide you really, really, really love the salad bar, you can still use those points to eat there instead of using your meals.

So why not choose the 8 meal/$1016 point option? The answer is economics. At the beginning of the year, the point-to-dollar ratio is not exactly $1 – 1 point. It’s actually $1.34 – 1 point (or at least it was during the last school year), which means you’re losing money…And there’s no way out of it, at least not at the beginning. However, when you add points or Middletown Cash (which spend just like points) later during the year through your e-portfolio, the conversion ratio is $1 – 1 point.

Now, I don’t know what the pamphlet says each meal plan costs. I’m actually talking to a freshman right now who is looking at the damn thing, and apparently it doesn’t say, which is kind of infuriating in and of itself. But as I don’t think Wesleyan would give you 8 meals and 1016 points for the same price as 8 meals and 686 points, I’m going to assume that it’s marked up at a rate of at least $1 – 1 point. Thus, my reasoning:

  • If 8 meal plus plan costs >$330 in real money more than the regular 8 meal plan, then, duh–Don’t get it.
  • If the 8 meal plus plan costs exactly $330 more than the regular 8 meal plan, then still don’t get it, because it’s just going to cost the same when you add points later on.

…But still you don’t have the flexibility that the 5 meal plan affords.

Anyways, that’s my 2 cents.

Edit: Anonymous commenter is here to help out:

the cost of the first two meal plans are included in the “Residential Comprehensive Fee”; the 8 meals/$1016 is an extra $300 per semester

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12 thoughts on “Frosh meal plans

  1. Ishuku

    jan marie–sorry this is like a week late, i forgot about this post. i say an appeal is perfectly reasonable in your case. get your home doctor to write a letter explaining your dietary restrictions and how it impacts your health. you’ll need the letter later anyways so might as well get it done while you’re at home. you should speak to your class dean about when you can start trying to appeal and what specifically needs to be done.x

  2. Ishuku

    jan marie–

    sorry this is like a week late, i forgot about this post. i say an appeal is perfectly reasonable in your case. get your home doctor to write a letter explaining your dietary restrictions and how it impacts your health. you’ll need the letter later anyways so might as well get it done while you’re at home. you should speak to your class dean about when you can start trying to appeal and what specifically needs to be done.

    x

  3. jan marie

    I’m a vegetarian. But I also have this weird stomach thing that doesn’t allow me to eat anything with:tomatoesgarliconionspotatoestoo much fat/oilspicy spice/pepperShould I appeal the meal plan by meeting with the nutritionist? How does that work? Do I have to do anything before I ACTUALLY get to campus? Like write someone a letter?

  4. jan marie

    I’m a vegetarian. But I also have this weird stomach thing that doesn’t allow me to eat anything with:
    tomatoes
    garlic
    onions
    potatoes
    too much fat/oil
    spicy spice/pepper

    Should I appeal the meal plan by meeting with the nutritionist? How does that work? Do I have to do anything before I ACTUALLY get to campus? Like write someone a letter?

  5. Ishuku

    Everywhere that takes meals also takes points. There are, however, many places that take points that don’t take meals. When I was a frosh there were 3 places on campus that took meals: Mocon, Summerfields, and Kosher Kitchen. The most important places (to me) that only take points are weshop (our grocery store) and late night (the only thing that’s open past midnight).And I really can’t say for the cafeteria. Historically most upperclassmen avoided Mocon because it was farther away and we were pretty sick of it after being forced to eat there during freshman year. but now it’s going to be in the same building as everything else, so the dynamic may change…and it IS a great way to meet people.Since you’re transfer I would say 5 meals since by the time most people are sophomores they’re running as far away as they can get from the meal plan…but of course it’s up to you. Keep in mind my own meal plan experience is very different from what you’ll find (in terms of where most people will eat) because of Usdan…

  6. Ishuku

    Everywhere that takes meals also takes points. There are, however, many places that take points that don’t take meals. When I was a frosh there were 3 places on campus that took meals: Mocon, Summerfields, and Kosher Kitchen. The most important places (to me) that only take points are weshop (our grocery store) and late night (the only thing that’s open past midnight).

    And I really can’t say for the cafeteria. Historically most upperclassmen avoided Mocon because it was farther away and we were pretty sick of it after being forced to eat there during freshman year. but now it’s going to be in the same building as everything else, so the dynamic may change…and it IS a great way to meet people.

    Since you’re transfer I would say 5 meals since by the time most people are sophomores they’re running as far away as they can get from the meal plan…but of course it’s up to you. Keep in mind my own meal plan experience is very different from what you’ll find (in terms of where most people will eat) because of Usdan…

  7. Anonymous

    I’m a transfer too. Do sophs usually eat in the cafeteria as well? I remember reading somewhere that mainly only frosh eat there. So am I better with the 5 meals or the 8 meals? Do all places take points?

  8. Anonymous

    I’m a transfer too. Do sophs usually eat in the cafeteria as well? I remember reading somewhere that mainly only frosh eat there. So am I better with the 5 meals or the 8 meals? Do all places take points?

  9. s p a z e b o y

    As a transfer and a commuter I believe I’ll still have to get a meal plan, so I’m going for the 5 meal deal. Even so, I imagine that I’ll still end up with a crapload of points at by the end of the school year. So find me and befriend me.That is, if the meal plan is on a use-it-or-lose-it system, which I imagine it is.

  10. s p a z e b o y

    As a transfer and a commuter I believe I’ll still have to get a meal plan, so I’m going for the 5 meal deal. Even so, I imagine that I’ll still end up with a crapload of points at by the end of the school year. So find me and befriend me.

    That is, if the meal plan is on a use-it-or-lose-it system, which I imagine it is.

  11. Anonymous

    the cost of the first two meal plans are included in the “Residential Comprehensive Fee”; the 8 meals/$1016 is an extra $300 per semester

  12. Anonymous

    the cost of the first two meal plans are included in the “Residential Comprehensive Fee”; the 8 meals/$1016 is an extra $300 per semester

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