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Chynna Mela is a senior journalism student at Temple University and an SC Campus Representative. She can usually be found planning her fall wedding to Harry Styles, attempting to become the female version of Perez Hilton, or eating peanut butter straight from the jar. See more posts from her here.

I regret to inform you that I am one of the poor unfortunate souls that is always hungry. Even when I am in the middle of eating something I am planning my next move. Because of this sorry trait of mine I have consumed my fair share of meals and snacks during class, and I consider myself a master in the art of fine dining at a desk. Yes, there are even rules on what you should and should not eat in class. Fear not for I am here to inform you of the approved food groups for class, and the ones you should save for later.

Morning Classes Give You the Green Light

Mischa Barton OC Bagels Breakfast Eating in Class

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Classes before 10am are a judgement free zone. You can look your worst (just please brush your teeth), stay half asleep the entire time (you’re just going right back to bed after anyway, right?), and even run a few minutes late. Professors understand that it is early and so do your classmates. This judgement free zone includes a pass to grub on whatever you want. Bagel and coffee? Right on. Hoagie and energy drink after pulling an all nighter? You do you. The only rule is that if I didn’t have time to stop and get coffee you can’t sit next to me with your steaming cup of java.

Smell Factor

Ceelo Green Bad Smell Gif Eating In Class

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Look. I love Mexican food as much as the next person. I could house a container of General Tso’s chicken faster than you can blink. However, I would never bring these types of foods to class. No one likes the person that stinks up the entire classroom with their food, so save them for when the imaginary bell rings. The only exception to the Mexican food rule is chips and queso (no salsa unless you manage to find an onion free one), or if you have class on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, if you bring a burrito to class on Cinco de Mayo you deserve a high five.

Silence is Golden

Ben Stiller Shh Be Queit Happy Gilmore Eating in Class

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Out of respect for everyone trying to concentrate, try and pick snacks that you can chew quietly. I will admit that I violate this rule quite frequently, but when I know I have an apple or carrots packed I try to gravitate towards the back of the class or hide in a corner. If your class is in a lecture you can pretty much ignore this rule. Just shoot your neighbor an apologetic look and crunch on.

Don’t Be Late With a Latte

Britney Spears Starbucks Latte Eating In Class

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This rule applies to girls more than guys. If you are running more than 10 minutes late to class do not have a venti Starbucks chai latte gripped in your hand as you walk through the door. If you are less than 10 minutes late we will just assume it took the barista longer than you expected to make your drink and since you already paid you had to wait. I guarantee you if you violate this rule your professor will be ticked (especially since he doesn’t have a delicious and warm spiced tea drink to improve his mid-day spirits).

Chew Quietly

Harry Styles Chewing Gum Black And White Promo Video Eating in Class Quiet

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I will keep this short and sweet. Don’t crack your gum in class. Don’t blow bubbles and pop them. Don’t chomp loudly on your gum like a horse. Thank you.

What is your favorite snack to eat in class?

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