Food delivery drives dorm life

J.J. Post and Ava Seccuro wait outside for their Postmates delivery. Photo by Emma Suttell

A mad dash down the stairs of East Fairchild around 10 p.m. usually means only one thing: food. Whether it’s to meet a delivery person, head into Evanston or make a trip to Target, cherubs are always on the hunt for snacks.

Balancing assignments, interviews, laundry and floor parties can make it difficult for cherubs to find time to participate in one of their favorite recreational activities: eating.

Luckily, Target and Whole Foods are only a 10-minute walk away, heaven for cherubs who are looking for an easy snack. But that half-mile walk into downtown Evanston isn’t always feasible.

While working on their Web Week pieces, Ava Seccuro of Beverly Hills, California, and J.J. Post of Mountainside, New Jersey, ordered an Oreo shake, fries and chicken nuggets from Burger King to hold them over until dinner.

Scheduled to be delivered at 4:12 p.m., Seccuro and Post’s order didn’t arrive until about 4:35 p.m.

“It was a little slow, but I can’t complain,” Seccuro said. “Now I have my food, I’m happy, it was worth my money.”

Check-in hours pose another obstacle for cherubs looking to get their hands on their favorite snacks. After check-in each night, cherubs must stay inside of East Fairchild, which means that when class ends late, few options remain. Larry Ding of Jericho, New York, suggested one option for getting food after floor hours, which begin at 11 p.m. on weeknights, and midnight on weekends.

“You can always ask your community associate to go out and get food for you,” Ding said. “It’s always really efficient and really convenient.”

Cherubs check the status of their order on Postmates. Photo by Emma Suttell

With the majority of cherubs placing orders between 9 p.m. and midnight, cherubs turn to apps such ass Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats to get their late-night meals. Popular options then include Insomnia Cookies, Blaze Pizza and Chipotle.

To avoid being spitlisted for being late to check-in or asking a community associate to pick up her order, Cayli Yanagida of Olympia, Washington, skips out on delivery and opts for a secret stash of snacks kept in her dorm room.

Yanagida said she received several packages filled with food from family and friends. Having a stash in her room allowed her to stay energized each night while she worked upstairs in her common room, making snacking a key part of her cherub lifestyle.

“Sometimes we have dinner very early, and I find myself to be very hungry later at night, so it’s always good to be able to snack,” Yanagida said. “I just think that snacking is essential to working really hard all day.”