100-Word Rant: Short lunchtime disadvantages non-speed-eaters

October 7, 2021 — by Aiden Ye
Photo by Annie Liu

On your marks, get set, eat!

That’s the way the new 30-minute lunches feel.

I don’t think it was the school’s intention for lunchtime to become a speed-eating contest. However, by the time I buy hot lunch and get back to my table, there is usually a grand total of five minutes left for me to eat after I wait in line and find a spot to settle down with friends. 

Now, five minutes might sound pretty lenient to all of those speed-eating champs out there, but for me, it’s certainly a daunting task. The food sitting on my cardboard plate looms menacingly as the second hand of the clock counts down. 

But wait! There’s a Chemistry test next period that I haven’t studied for as well as an English essay due 7th period that I haven’t edited yet. Guess I won’t be eating again.

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