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Faced with the stress of classes, jobs, internships and life, college students often turn to nostalgic or sentimental food. From pasta salad to "blue Doritos," senior audio & video desk staffer Emma Kate Lauf asked students in the Pit, "What's your go-to comfort food?"

Grace Wilkinson, sophomore, major undecided

“I hate to say it, but it really is a tuna melt. I think with banana peppers, there’s a little crunch, and my mom would always make it. There’s always just a big vat of tuna salad on our kitchen counter. And I love something that’s a little bit hated because there’s always more of it left over for me.”

Ally Henson, senior media and journalism and political science double major

“I’d say my comfort food is probably some ramen with eggs, cheese, some hot sauce, maybe add some vegetables. I just put it in the microwave. I'm not putting it on the stove. I'm not waiting for it.”

Landon Jobe, sophomore media and journalism major

Blue Doritos.”

Kaia Thompson, junior political science major

“I like mac and cheese, like a nice baked, homemade, creamy mac and cheese. Or sushi.”

Will Walker III, first-year business administration major

My favorite comfort food is Cheez-Its.”

Hayden Wallace, first-year undecided major

"Chipotle burrito bowl.”

Lauren McClane, senior media and journalism and global studies double major

“My favorite comfort food is probably Southern chicken and dumplings. I’m a really big fan of Southern cooking and soul food. I moved here as a child and sort of grew up in the area, and that was really my introduction to Southern cooking.”

Lucy Moore, sophomore data science and peace, war and defense double major

“I would say my comfort food is hummus and pretzels.”

Ellie Thomas, sophomore neuroscience major

Chicken pot pie.”

Lynx Yuan, junior media and journalism and political science major

My comfort food is definitely Chipotle. I think that on my last credit card cycle the majority of my expenses were spent on Chipotle, but also my rewards are popping off. I have a free entree lined up, I have double protein, it just never fails me and it’s super consistent.”

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Ellie Reichenbach, sophomore biology and romance languages double major

You know, a good box of Trader Joe's mac and cheese.”

Avery Cox, sophomore human development and family science major

My grandma’s perogies.”

Lily Melroy, first-year statistics and analytics major

Pasta salad.”

Duncan Rodriguez, sophomore environmental sciences major

Grilled cheese.”

Gina Molina-Lopez, first-year biology major

“I think that my favorite comfort food is my mom’s sopa de gallina India. Whenever it’s rainy or it’s cold, it’s always nice to have soup and a side of chicken.”


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