Let’s start this post off with an important fact: food is very important to me. Not in a I-only-eat-cuisine way, but in a I-just-like-to-eat-all-the-time way. As a result, I spend a fair amount of time in Sharples, Swarthmore’s main (and only) dining hall. Sharples isn’t Swat’s only dining option–there’s also two coffee bars, a student run café, and Essie Mae’s, a kind of deli/sandwich place–but it is the main place students go to eat.
This semester, I’ve come to appreciate Sharples even more than before.* When I was in Spain, I ate most of my meals with my host family or out in restaurants with my friends. We didn’t have a campus in the same way Swarthmore does, and we didn’t have a dining hall where we could all come together. Being back at Swat, I’ve realized how much I value Sharples–it’s a place where the entire community comes together for meals.
It’s fun to have a place where you can see so many people that you know, where it feels like the whole campus reunites. I missed having that sort of place while I was in Spain, but I’m glad I had some time away so I could really appreciate it again.** I’m also very much enjoying some of my favorite Sharples meals, like: spinach and cheese Stromboli, Thanksgiving sandwiches, and falafel bar. Overall, I feel at home at Swarthmore, and even though we are all pretty busy here, we have meals at Sharples to help us slow down and reconnect.
Until next time!
P.S. Another great thing about Sharples: there’s a bulletin board called the “Napkin Board” where students can post suggestions or comments on napkins, and the staff at Sharples actually read them and pays attention! For example, my friend Ben was bummed his first year when they didn’t have Cherry Coke, so he wrote a note for the board asking for it, and now there’s still Cherry Coke to this day!
*I’ve also come to appreciate Mindy Kaling, Scandal, and Frozen even more than before.
**Similarly, I’ve been rewatching 30 Rock and The West Wing for the first time in a while, and they only get better with time. Who’s excited for Tina Fey’s two new shows this fall? I am! Thank goodness she’s not abandoning TV. (Sorry this footnote got a little long–but I think we can agree Tina was worth it).