Between the stresses of classes, the anxiety of the intensified social life, and the first days, weeks and eventual months of living on one's own, the entrance into college throws a lot at the average student. When these forces bear down upon the unassuming undergrad, the one constant that takes them away is what they always turned to previously: a home cooked meal. From visiting other campuses around the country, I still have yet to find the quality and consistency of food that hungry students have waiting for them upon entrance into the UMass DCs. From the colorful collection of international offerings and flavored waters at Hamp, to the delicious stir fry and endless pickings at Berk, to the plethora of options upon entering the sandwich line at Frank, and finally north to the exquisite Asian cuisine found within the halls of Worcester, the vast amount of quality food that UMass students have access to is second to none. But the DCs here are beyond the food: they offer a safe harbor to conquer the academic stresses of class while indulging in a pastry; they create a perfect environment to quell those butterflies in the young students chest as they try to make friends; and above all else, they offer a home away from home where students can confidently take their strides into adult life and embark on their now independent journeys, while their parents can sit back and know that their kids are in competent and welcoming hands.
Derek Kornhiser, Sport Management, Class of 2015