I fell in love with Tufts food at first bite. Almost a full semester later, nothing has changed.
Every Jumbo has discovered their: “Why Tufts?”
For me, every bite reminds me what made me originally love it here.
Tragically, the subject of campus dining is often scooted to the backburner of the college decision process, but the ability to eat adequately is essential. Nothing makes a college students more grumpy than an empty stomach in addition to their workloads. I’ve heard horror stories of bugs in salad bars and stale bread, but let me be the first to assure you that there is NONE of that at Tufts.
To prove the superior quality (and quantity) of Tufts food, I decided to channel my inner professional food photographer *which I came to realize does not actually exist* and my overwhelming obsession for all things “food” to uncover the REAL Tufts dining.
Photographing a few meals a week for the past month, here is the result. Real Talk: I didn't just take photos of the "better looking meals"—nobody has time for that with finals around the corner! I simply took photos when I remembered to and tried to get an even mix of the three main meals of the day (even though, to be completely honest, I eat more than three meals a day *oops*—good thing I'm a varsity athlete...).
As a vegetarian, the majority of the photos contain no meat, but there is no lack of meat for all the carnivores on campus. One of my best friends on campus brags that he can eat meat for every meal and he makes a point to. Some of his plates are also mixed into the gallery to capture Tufts dining’s entire range.
However, Tufts has a growing movement for "meatless mondays" where Jumbos are encouraged to eat a meal without meat. I like to joke that I just do a "meatless monday" for every meal and Tufts makes it simple by having a vegetarian station in every dining hall so I can just do what I usually do: put food on my plate and done!
The photos focus on the traditional dining hall options, there are to-go options too at other locations on campus.
My only main complain with Tufts dining is the lack of to-go dining options on weekends using meal swipes and not my precious JumboCash. All Baby Jumbos (aka freshman) get lots of swipes but only $80 in JumboCash—which is disillusioning because most of it goes to doing laundry—and the rest is portioned out between coffee and food. It would be 1000000x easier if Jumbos could get take out boxes, fill them up in the dining hall, and take them out.
Unfortunately, that's a thing of the future.
So, all that being said, here it is!