All around the ALA campus, all I hear is ka-chings. In every nook and cranny nowadays, something edible is being sold. From pizza slices, to omelets to cheesecakes to coffee, our longing for the mall has been slightly dampened.There is suddenly an array of mouth watering food only a few steps away from our rooms. And how has this glorious turn of events come to be? Thanks to the EL department and their trading licenses, that’s how! Previously, selling things on campus was not allowed, but at the start of third term, the EL department began to issue trading licenses, which gave students permission to trade anything (food and otherwise) on campus.
Many would agree that this was a good idea. For one thing, students are getting to practice some to the business and entrepreneurial skills they have picked up while at ALA. They are getting to make some extra money either for themselves, or to raise money for a cause (both admirable aims.) The other thing is ALA students are happy. A student was heard remarking that they can now buy food from a different place on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Talk about variety.
The only worrying part of all this is the rate at which pockets are being emptied. Usually all have no choice but to wait for mall trips and other rare outings to go crazy with shopping (eat…a lot) . Now, the shops have come to us and the muscles of our will power tremble in defeat. The key here is to do our best to regulate and only go crazy in tiny doses.If not, our wallets are going to slim down while we find that weight elsewhere.