Students missing Smart Lunch


Brooke McNeal

Students make their way to lunch and tutorials.

Irma Dizdarevic, Writer

Students know that Smart Lunch is not coming back this year. But, if you ask students whether they like Smart Lunch or Smart Time better, there are mixed opinions on which tutorial session is most beneficial.

“I like Smart Lunch better,” said Mallory Murphy, a freshman, “because you have more time to get work done.”

Smart Lunch was scheduled over the lunch period and lasted almost an hour, compared with the 30-minute Smart Time session that now happens for students between second and third class periods.

The school switched from Smart Lunch to Smart Time when the weather got colder and Kennedy’s 1,800 students could not use the outside lunch room patio during lunch shifts, making the cafeteria a very crowded space.

But, Murphy admitted that students are probably more productive during Smart Time, considering there’s less time and students must finish work more quickly.

Many students interviewed said practically the same thing — they like how [Smart Time] is at the beginning of the day before most of their classes occur.

“I can take a break from my classes [with Smart Time],” Kate Hoheisal, fr., said, adding that this is helpful in case she forgets to do her homework or to study for an upcoming test. However, she still thinks that Smart Lunch should come back. “It provided students with options on what to do and where to go.”

Nancy Pham, fr., is one of the students who prefers Smart Lunch because “you can get more work done” during the longer time. “During Smart Time, no one does their work, they just talk to their friends,” Pham said, noting that it’s only a measly 30 minutes.

Other students point out that teachers are incredibly busy during the shorter Smart Time and that it can be difficult for students to get help in a teacher’s room full of 20 students who are also looking to do the same in only 30 minutes.

“Bring back smart lunch, bro,” Hoheisal jokingly added.