Dorm life. Most of us will go through college with the life changing experience of living in the dorms. Although it's mandatory for freshmen to live in the dorm, the social life of it is not too bad. The one major problem most face though is the meal plan. Meal plans are designed to allow students the freedom to eat anywhere on campus and not worry about having cash. There are many options to choose from on campus and the meal plan covers all of our restaurants. Meal plans are based on a weekly cycle and will reset each Sunday at midnight. "Meals" may be used at Couch Restaurants, which is an all-you-care-to-eat facility. When Couch Restaurants are closed you may use a meal for meal exchange at any of our other dining locations. Meal exchange allows you to use one of your meals to spend up to $6.00 towards a meal at participating locations (OU Housing and Food). That just sounds like it would be a hassle right? I mean it did take my roommates and I about 2 weeks to understand the whole system! We are forced to live in the dorms and have a meal plan yet we're not given a fair deal. One example is meal exchange hours are from 2:30-4:30 and after 8:00, which is when the cafeteria closes. The girls on my floor and I briefly spoke on our disapproval of the meal exchange hours and came to a common agreement. Whenever we wait to use our meal exchanges between 2:30 and 4:30, we almost always eat a a later dinner since our previous meal was later than what we were used to eating. By the time we get hungry again, which IS after 8:00 (the closing of the cafeteria), our choices are strictly limited to Burger King and the Cate Center. Both of which, aren't the healthiest options. As told during freshman orientation, the cafeteria was designed to provide healthy eating options for those who use the meal plans. So if our "healthy" cafeteria closes earlier than when want to eat dinner, what's it's purpose? Meal exchange hours at OU are designed to be...
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