I'll be the first to admit that I complain about the food here. Some things turn out not to be as great as they look and yet, on the other hand, some things are very good! Sometimes the food is monotonous and it makes you feel like there is absolutely nothing to eat... which of course isn't true but I'm sure we have all felt like that at some point or another. A few experiences however have changed the way I look at things.
First of all, Sodexo hosts a dining committee every other week in which students can go and voice their concerns, likes, and dislikes to the head of Sodexo. I was introduced to this committee by a friend who promised free food and I was not disappointed! Sodexo loves getting input so much that they gave us chocolate covered strawberries, my favorite! At dining committee, students sit down and tell Sodexo what they are doing right and what they could do better and ultimately it is a very productive environment. Everything I have brought up at the meetings has been implemented in the chow hall. Also, we have planned an end of the year bbq for the students which I know will be an amazing event with excellent food. This experience changed my opinion on Sodexo because I now see that they really are listening to the students and care about how we feel.
The other experience that I found interesting was catering. One of the clubs I am in, ACM, was offered the opportunity to cater the junior ring ceremony and get paid. A few hours of catering turned into hundreds of dollars for the club! Catering also opened up my eyes to see how much work they put into feeding all of us. A couple friends of mine were servers and I was given the job of what they call "dish pit". It was basically scraping all uneaten food into a compost bin and then stacking plates to go back and be washed. It really surprised me how tired we all were at the end of the night. Food service is exhausting and I don't think students realize that when we go to chow and get food every day.
I know that due to these experiences I will appreciate Sodexo much more. To other students, current and future, I would say to pay more attention to what Sodexo does and if you want a change, get involved and talk to them.