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10 Snapchat food pictures that broke UC Berkeley students will understand

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Oh, Snapchat. Through this marvelous app, we’ve been able to see both the good and bad bits of our friends’ lives. And many times, the snaps they send us document the struggle of putting food in their bellies. Being broke college students, we at the Clog understand their (and your) struggle. And, we’re here to let you know you’re not alone. Take a break from the hullabaloo of Snapchat’s latest update. Instead of all of the vomiting rainbows and the giant heart eyes filters, check out these 10 snaps that describe our lives through food — and sometimes the lack of it. And yes, the struggle is too real.

1. Squirrel burglars

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Those pesky squirrels that we’ve come to love are also the No. 1 food thieves around here. As cute and adorable as they are, they are no stranger to taking goods from unsuspecting students.   

2. Ramen dinner

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Ah, the quintessential cheap and easy meal for us students on-the-go. Next to Hot Pockets and Totino’s Pizza Rolls, nothing says college like a hot bowl of noodles. 

3. Living large when parents come to visit

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As terrible as it is to admit, we look forward to parents visiting from out of town partly because we can mooch free food off them. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for family-style everything!

4. The caffeine-only diet

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Staying awake is hard to do, so turning to coffee to power through 8 a.m. classes or RRR Week is sometimes the only way to go. Luckily, Berkeley is chock-full of places to get that caffeine fix.  

5. Vending machines

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Being strapped for cash sucks. Seeing all those delicious snacks in the vending machines scattered around campus when we have no spare change in our wallets is pure torture. The world can be so cruel.

6. Dining commons living

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When our meal points are running low or we don’t have any at all, we’d like to give a shout-out to the friends who always swipe us into the dining halls in the most dire times. They’re the real MVPs — they let us eat like kings and queens on a budget.  

7. Free napkins

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Those of us Bears who live in apartments know that in order to compensate for paying an astronomical rent, we have to cut costs somewhere. Fortunately, we can re-stock our napkins free of charge. To you, Chipotle, we are eternally grateful.

8. Free anything

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The only thing better than free napkins is free food. The leftovers from work parties and refreshments at commencements make the hassle worth it. If it costs $0, we are there.  

9. Food: the cure to bad days

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On those rough days when midterms or a poor AirBears2 connection get you down, food can serve as a perfect antidote to sadness. Whether you’re getting a slice of corn pizza from Sliver or enjoying a pint of Ben & Jerry’s by yourself, it’s definitely worth the splurge. Treat. Yo’. Self.

10. Independent chef

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The true test of adulthood is being able to cook for yourself. It’s okay to show off to your friends when you’ve made something you’re proud of —  it means you could very well qualify for Top Chef and survive the real world.       

Contact Abigail Balingit at [email protected].

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015