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03/27/2018

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Kaylee Biesemeier

1. Food insecurity really affects students physical health. Many students who attend college are on a no-loan financial aid policy. So when these students are on break and the cafeterias shut down; they have no money to get food. This causes students to not even be able to afford to go home, let alone their own food. So, these students will have to pick up some extra work around campus just to get the necessity of food.
2.I think Jack added a great touch to this article by explaining that he experienced food insecurity. It makes the article more deep because he can actually empathize with these other students. I think this article would not be the same if he didn't add this touch in because it adds way more character. He isn't just someone looking from the outside, he was actually there having to deal with food insecurity.
3. Jack quoted many students who are dealing with food insecurities, but I wouldn't say that he quoted them in the best format possible. After reading chapter 3 from "They Say, I Say," and then looking back at Jack's quotes; I realized he could've formed the quotations a little bit better so that the article would look more sophisticated and educated. Instead of just saying the specific person's name and then following the quote, he could have said "X states", "According to X", or even "X agrees when she said." These templates for introducing quotations sound way more professional and look better too!
4. I think the responsibility for this food insecurity among college students has to deal with the initiatives and policies of the different colleges and universities. This widespread phenomena has nothing to do with the students. These students are enrolled into college and should be able to get food all year round. Food is a main source of brain fuel. These students who are not getting any food are becoming academically challenges. According to Jack, "Hunger in the midst of plenty weakens students’ sense of belonging and undercuts their social, emotional and physical well-being." That smacks you right in the face, these poor students are going in a negative downward spiral all because of this food insecurity. In his journal, Jack maintains that "A more recent George Washington University survey revealed that one in five first-generation college students reported being “food insecure” three or more times a week." That is startling and that includes a big body of students. It is time to end these food securities and let's keep the cafeteria all year round.

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