Case Study On-Campus Meal Plan


An on-campus meal plan acts as a convenient way of getting mealswhile in campus. It provides the student with a flexible weekly planon how to pay for meals, and is customized to suit one’s program(Hurst, 2012). It as well acts as a great manner for socializing inaddition to assisting in freeing up study time. This is because, withan on-campus meal plan, the student is not worried about shopping forfood, cooking or planning his or her own meal. With the meal plan,the student ID card is credited on a weekly basis with the money thatwill be spend on paying for on-campus meals (Wise, Hauser &ampVault, 2007). There are many great on-campus eating as well as coffeeplaces to choose. Chefs with years of experience prepare the mealsand fresh drinks, and are passionate in ensuring students get thebest meals. There are many reasons for choosing the on-campus mealplan. It makes it possible to budget on meals while in campus, whichis cost-effective (Rich, 2013). Students have an array of meals tochoose from, in addition to choosing where and at what time to eat.Notably is that an on-campus meal plan comprises of special offers tostudents. However, there are other equally effective alternatives tothe on-campus meal plan. The student can opt to buy food from outsidecampus, which means spending time and money commuting to and from thealternative source. Second, is the alternative of preparing, cookingtheir own meals, which they carry to campus. Nevertheless, supposingthe student has to carry other stuff like books or even a laptop,adding meals to the weight can be tiring.

Question: Lilly is not sure, if or not she should buy an on-campusmeal plan. There are alternatives to having the meal plan asdescribed in the case study. However, given the flexibility,convenience and cost-effectiveness of buying an on-campus meal plan,is it recommendable for Lilly to purchase the meal plan or not?


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