Lauren

19
From Oswego, IL

Hi! I’m Lauren and I’m from Oswego, Illinois.

I’m a freshman, currently, majoring in environmental science and hope to start a career in wildlife conservation in the future.

I’m a devoted nature lover who enjoys painting, playing ukulele, writing, and spending my afternoons curled up with a good book and a cup of tea in a quiet park. When summer hits, you can find me bike riding or having a picnic in the grass.

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ISU Dining Hall Guide: Part 1 Union Drive

When I was coming to college I was super worried about the dining hall options, considering that I’m a very picky eater. So to help ease any food worries, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into the dining halls on campus

To start off, the Union Drive Marketplace, is located near the Friley and Helser residence halls. You’ll often hear students call this dining hall the UDCC for short. (Since it’s located inside the Union Drive Community Center.) Inside the UDCC are seven different distinct areas where different types of food is served. As you walk in and to your right is the Fresh Choice Deli, Country Cuisine, and Scramble.¬†

At the Fresh Choice Deli, they offer sandwiches and wraps to your liking. With dozens of toppings to choose from you could decorate your sandwich or wrap with anything your heart desires. Next is the Country Cuisine,¬†everyday they serve a few different comfort food options. This varies from delicious white cheddar mac and cheese, to steamed veggies, to fajitas and fried fish! As you continue on your walk through the right side of the UDCC, you’ll see Scramble¬†where they offer different breakfast dishes all day long, such as omelettes, fried eggs, and biscuits with gravy. Besides scramble, is the waffle bar with two waffle makers available for students to use.

On the left side of the UDCC is Farmers Market, Oreganos, Sweet Temptations and Wok Your Way.

The Farmers Market is a great place to grab fruits and veggies! They have a yogurt bar with strawberries, blueberries and granola to plop on top of your yogurt. Along with fresh fruit, and different soups to choose from. They also have a salad bar with lots of toppings and dressings to make your salad heartier! (When I’m there, I typically make my salads with spinach leaves, chicken, and balsamic dressing… but to each their own!) At Oreganos, they have a pasta bar with regular pasta, as well as whole wheat pasta. And of course they have the pinnacle of college student foods, PIZZA! Continuing on, there is Wok Your Way, where they serve different types of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food.

The Union Drive Marketplace is a great place to stop between classes because of its close proximity to central campus. Try stopping by the UDCC next time you’re looking for a bite to eat!

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