Lessons Learned From Auntie Anne’s

By Jane Lee

 

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Dear Auntie Anne,

Thank you for bringing ‘home’ to us here at UIUC. I remember the childhood memories where I’d go to the mall, smell the buttery dough of pretzels and cheese, and stop to eat a mid-slump snack before more shopping continued. Auntie Anne’s, your pretzels were and are a necessity for a day at the mall.

Auntie, you clearly acknowledged that a freshly baked pretzel is key when students need to destress. I must add that choosing the Union to set up shop was a wise decision, for the Market Place is just too many bus stops away for car-less students.

 

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From the moment the heavy doors to the Union swing open, your kitchen’s aroma greets the stressed, the hungry, the excited (and you can’t forget the patient) campus community eagerly waiting to get their hands on your sweet or savory treats!

From the moment the heavy doors to the Union swing open, your kitchen’s aroma greets the stressed, the hungry, the excited (and you can’t forget the patient) campus community eagerly waiting to get their hands on your sweet or savory treats!

You’re teaching us patience because the line to your shop is always swarming, but you’re also teaching us to treat ourselves so that, hopefully, concentration when studying comes smoothly. It’s been told eating helps with staying focused.

UIUC surely gave us students a sweet and warm welcome this fall semester, all thanks to you.

P.S. – Auntie, you have made #freshmen15 come a little easier for freshmen, and for sophomores and upperclassmen, it’s #freshmen15 on repeat – but that’s okay! Unlike the mall, we’ve got the ARC and CRCE. College is the time to learn about balance, and you’re teaching us just that Auntie Anne!

 

Sincerely,

A pretzel-lovin’ student

 

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*Image Sources:

All photos taken by Madison Gillespie

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