The Grandma Dinner

Grandma Dinner  (grănd′mä′ dĭn′ər)
n.
Eating dinner as soon as possible in order to avoid crowds.

Examples:

  • “I’m going to eat a Grandma Dinner tonight because I just don’t want to deal with hordes of people right now…want to join me?”

College students may be all about that late night life, but, interestingly enough, many also value the early dinner lifestyle.

I don’t know about how your family functions, but when I was in high school my family didn’t eat dinner until 7:00, sometimes 8:00, whenever it was that everyone finally returned home for the night. That was our schedule.

Then I got to college.

My friends and I arrive at Phelps between 4:45 pm (when they open for dinner) and 5:00 pm to scout out our table for the evening.

The earlier you get to the dining hall, the wider the variety of seating options you have.

Our preferred side of Phelps with all the seats to choose from.
Our preferred side of Phelps with all the seats to choose from.

Eating a Grandma Dinner also lowers the amount of people who are in the dining hall which decreases the amount of awkward almost-running-into-someone-with-a-plate-full-of-food-while-trying-to-return-to-your-table moments.

Kristin & Ashley, my fellow Grandma Dinner-mates, in front of our choice seating for the night--a lovely booth.
Ashley & Kristin, my fellow Grandma Dinner-mates, in front of our choice seating for the night–a lovely booth–and happy that there are practically no people around.

Thanks to The Grandma Dinner my friends and I can eat with minimal awkward encounters, free of crowds of people, and be back in the dorm working on assignments by 5:20 – it’s a good life.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the benefits a Grandma Dinner lifestyle can bring to a college student schedule!

~Erin

You can follow me @HopeErin18 on Twitter and @e_delaney333 for more daily insights and pictures of my life at Hope as a college Grandma Dinner enthusiast.

Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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