The No. 1 school supply for a college student is coffee. Just take a look around. Students everywhere can be caught carrying a cup of coffee in addition to the backpack and books.
Here’s how some students enjoy their java.
Maria Massumeci is drinking a cinnamon almond milk iced macchiato before dashing off to class.
Melissa Parente, 18, a hotel and resort management major stopped at Starbucks for a muffin and Hazelnut Caramel Macchiato to kick-start her day.
Students are always packing the Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center. Between class times, there is always a wait for coffee.
Heather Comancho, 18, an education major, is sipping on an iced coffee. “I was falling asleep in class. I really need my coffee,” said Comacho.
On this day, Starbucks had run out of caramel for Comancho’s usual order of an iced caramel coffee, she is adding sugar to get her coffee to her desired sweetness.
Tara Roden, 19, criminal justice majo, is a Starbucks regular. “The employees know my name and my order because I’m there every day,” she says. Her coffee even complies with the library’s “Snacks, Not Meals” rule, so she could sip it while studying for a test
Starbucks is not the only source of caffeine for students. The Islip Arts building has an espresso machine, where an espresso shot is $1.
Students are also bringing coffee from home to save money while still getting a caffeine fix. It’s also library-friendly.
Starbucks seems to be students most popular choice for caffeine, it is the newest addition to the campus for the 2017-2018 school year, and students can purchase it using their ID card.
If the Starbucks line is too long, and there’s just not enough time to wait, the cafeteria has a coffee station, too.
The new Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center almost always has long lines between classes. Photo by Kaitlin Crowley.
Class has ended, and the average student might find themselves tired and lacking the energy needed to make it through their next one. There are about 15 minutes to spare, so why not run to the new Starbucks on campus in the Babylon Student Center to grab some coffee to wake up? Great idea!
Upon entering the building, there’s only one problem: the horrendous line that travels from the registers, all the way out the door of the Starbucks and into the hallway. There’s always that slim possibility it’ll move quickly, but it rarely ever does. Say it’s a good day, and the line finally gets to the front about 10 minutes later.
The worker at the register takes the time to punch in the order, asks for a name and then collects the money. This takes about a minute, sometimes even more depending on how familiar the worker is with the computer system.
Another couple of minutes goes by before the barista is finally finished with the order, leaving only minutes to spare to get to class. After speed walking across campus, barely making it in time, the first sip of the drink leads to disappointment.
Starbucks is overrated. Its snacks and food choices aren’t bad, but nothing to rave about. The drinks have interesting names, which I personally find hard to remember, making ordering difficult. When it’s the rare occasion I do find myself grabbing something quick from Starbucks, I pretty much always regret it.
The drinks are also a little pricey. According to menu prices, a regular, large (Venti) plain coffee at Starbucks runs for about $2.45 without any additional add-ins. Its competitor, Dunkin’ Donuts, sells an extra-large regular, plain coffee, for about $2.29. Not only would you be spending a little more money by going to Starbucks, but you would also be getting less coffee than people who choose Dunkin’ Donuts.
If someone has the time to stand on line and the money to spend, then they’re free to do as they please. But if you ask me, I’d rather stay far away from Starbucks.