The view from the third floor of my dorm building!
The first days of classes was outstanding! Our normal class length of 55 minutes was shortened to 40 minutes for convocation (and the centennial celebration...happy 100th birthday St. Ben's!!!). You are probably wondering why going to class would be anywhere close to exciting. Well, first of all, my professors are great, second, I love studying what I love (Spanish, French, and Education), and third, seeing so many familiar faces on campus just puts a smile on my face. I cannot even count the number of friends and professors I have been reunited with over the past few days. Hugs galore. Happiness galore. Good vibes galore. This is why I love my school, even despite the hours of homework that have been piled on my plate over the past few days (but hey-- Spanish linguistics, French history, Educational Psychology, and Math Exploration are pretty cool classes if I do say so myself).
This year, I arrived at college much more prepared for surviving gluten free than last year. As you can see, I have my bookshelf stocked with gluten free snacks, pots and pans, and other cooking supplies, and my mini fridge/freezer is stuffed to the brim.
Here is a list of some of gluten free snacks/food in my pantry: (some of it is not visible in the picture)
-nutrasumma chocolate protein powder
-choco loco bars
-gluten free chocolate flax granola
-chocolate rice crisps
-gluten free couscous
-canned salmon and tuna
-jelllo pudding packets
-spices (cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice)
I also have a dedicated gluten free toaster and a magic bullet which are kept safely tucked away on my desk. My mini fridge and freezer also has a plethora of items including the following:
-dairy free cottage cheese
-vanilla almond milk
-Udi's bagels and bread
-Go Veggie strawberry cream cheese
Mini freezer (not pictured):
-more homemade muffins
-Trader Joe's gluten free pancakes
I know, this sounds like a lot of food, but for being a busy gluten free student who eats only 1 out of 3 meals in the cafeteria, it is essential to have enough food. In other exciting news, the cafeteria finally got a gluten free toaster that is tucked away in the corner of the cafeteria with this awesome sign on it. My only worry is that someone will cross contaminate it. You never know, some people don't know how to read ;).
Hope you all have a great weekend!!