Crazy in the Cafeteria

Man, these first days in 6th grade at my new school, The Woodside Priory, have been crazy! And guess what, not just crazy in class, crazy in the Cafeteria! 

That’s right! I have been thinking about this for at least a couple of months ever since I got accepted into my new school. But hey, in other posts, I have said that you have to experience it. Well, just this Tuesday, I can say that my “experience” had arrived. You can probably tell that I am as excited to write this post as I am for the cafeteria itself. There are a lot of great qualities about a cafeteria. Let me list a few I observed right away:

  1. You can get unlimited food (they never run out). At my previous school, Keys, I noticed that some people were hungry after lunch, but there was no way for them to get more food. Cafeteria = problem solved!
  2. My mom doesn’t have to make lunch! Now this is a big thing for her because after breakfast, I’m ready and out the door! Also, I get to say bye bye to all the little routines I do with my lunch materials (putting away every thing in the lunch box when I get home).
  3.  I don’t want to brag, but there is a huge, huge variety of food options. If you don’t like the chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes one day, you can make your own sandwich, put together a salad, or enjoy some hot pasta. In addition, there are quite a lot of drinks, so you can always find something you want when.
  4. The concept of the cafeteria is making me more independent. I mean, I can eat whatever foods I want, but that means I have to make good choices. I can also finish whenever I want. These are all little things that are good for you to learn in the future. For example, don’t put too much A1 Steak Sauce on your beef otherwise you are going to get a stomach ache in class.
  5. Everyday before school, when I think of what events and classes I have, I try to find something to look forward to, I can always, always default to the cafeteria. Say I just had a hard math test, I can drink a glass of chocolate milk and all the thoughts about the test scores will dissipate.

One of the coolest aspects of my eating time is that I can mix and match. There is always a hot item, but sometimes I don’t care for that food. The school doesn’t serve grilled cheese that often, but guess what, I can take cheese from the sandwich bar and toast it in between two pieces of bread. Bingo! There are just so many combinations…

I can’t really explain this, but there is just something about my cafeteria that feels so lively. Maybe it’s the fact that almost everyone is having a good time, laughing with friends while munching on food. It’s also one of the most casual parts of the school day. You’re allowed to leave whenever you want and frankly, there’s not a whole lot of rules. I enter with a smile on my face, waiting for a good meal. And then I exit, full of energy and content for the rest of the day.  I’m ready for class, and my mind is cleared and prepared to learn.

I have only had a few days of school, but one fact’s for sure, things are definitely going to be crazy in the cafeteria.


This is my school logo, for those of you who don’t know.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy Dilts says:

    So glad to hear that you’re already having a good time at your new school!!! Have a wonderful year!


    1. n8chen says:

      Thank you so much!


  2. Nate, you should come home and thank your parents every single day. When I was in school, my lunch cost $0.80 and let me tell you, it didn’t taste like I got my money’s worth. Not only that, a couple of years later a report came out saying that the quality of food at our school was worse than at a nearby prison – sometimes I was jealous… You are very lucky!


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