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One thing about Ryerson University that comes in super handy is the high number of caffeine dispensaries on or around our downtown campus. There are options for the Tim Hortons Lover, The Independent Coffee House Supporter and the Starbucks Enthusiast.
Whether you love it or hate it, Starbucks is a safe haven for many a Ryerson Student, until shit goes awry. If you frequent Starbucks on your class-filled days then you'll understand these struggles all too well.
1. Cutting Back Is Impossible
There is definitely no shortage of Starbucks around Ryerson, and even worse if you're a commuter, there is a total of 25 Starbucks locations between Union and the Rye campus. Out of sight out of mind is not an option for those trying to quit Starbucks, you'd have to have some serious, next level will-power.
2. They Don't Take OneCard
Tim Hortons has found a way to get on board but why are there no OneCard-accepting-Starbucks on campus and we don't mean the 'we brew starbucks coffee' in the hub, we want a full blown, extra hot, skinny cinnamon dolce latte, with extra foam and a banana chocolate muffin on the side.
3. Your Wallet Suffers
It's impossible to walk into Starbucks and drop under $5 so the logical thing would be to give it up when you can't afford your rent but we Ryerson students are not always the most logical.
4. Figuring Out Proximity
Due to the high number of Starbucks located on or around campus, deciding which one to go too is a mathematical work of genius. Should you go to the Dundas Square location, The TRSM location, The Yonge and College location, The Church street location or hit up one of the Eaton Centre Starbucks? If you make the wrong decision you may find yourself in an unfortunate line up and BAM, late to class- Making you the douche bag who walks in late with a coffee.
5. Preventing Spillage
With Ryerson being a commuter school, students all too often have 18 bags on them that weigh about 25 pounds, now add a boiling hot cup of coffee to the mix and you're in an unfortunate and very pressure-filled balancing act. Not to mention, everyone around you is watching, waiting for your coffee to go everywhere.
6. When They Mess Up Your Order But You're Already Late For Class
You're already late, you're already going to be the asshole who walks into lecture late with a coffee in your hand so your professor is already going to give you stink eye, just send it back. You've come this far.
7. Standing Awkwardly In The Way While You Wait For Your Drink
It seems as though every single Starbucks on or around campus has incredible minimal standing room, which always makes it super awkward when you have to stand around waiting for your drink. Even worse, at the Church and Gerrard location they're sometimes so backed up that you're practically sitting on the lap of people who have claimed ownership of one of the tables.
8. The 'Is the line too long to make my next class?' Inner Debate
You know the situation. You come up the Yonge & Dundas escalator from the Subway, all prepared to get your coffee, with 10 minutes to spare before class but you see there's an effing line wrapped all the way around, practically out the doors and you have to stop and consider your options. 9 times out of 10 you wait and 9/10 you're late. Do you boo, do you.
9. Trying To Drop A Few Pounds During Pumpkin Spice Latte or Holiday Drink Season
Don't even bother.
10. The Entire Name-Spelling Charade
We understand that Starbucks can get mega-packed and the name-on-the-cup thing became necessary but like really? If the place is empty do you still really need to know my name? (Side Note: Why would anyone ever name their child Tailor? Do I look like I sew clothing for a living?)
11. When You Forgot Your Gift Card At Home
Shit! I had a gift card I got for Christmas/Easter/Valentine's Day/The Pope's Birthday. Oh well- I'll use it next time I guess, do you think I could borrow five bucks? I'm good for it, I swear.
12. When You Offer To Get Your Friend A Coffee, Just To Be Polite And Not Only Do They Say 'Yes' But Suddenly The Whole Class Is Giving You Loose Change And Drink Orders
Not only were you hoping that your one friend would either offer to come with you/help carry one of your 18 bags or would say 'No thanks' to your offer of pure sweetness but now even your professor is like 'here's five bucks, I'll text you my order.' Next thing you know you're trailing back to class with 3 carrying trays and a bag of treats.