I just got back from a three-day, five-college tour with my daughter. All were in Southern California ... and all had completely distinct personalities (the one thing they shared was glorious, perfect weather). I could go on and on about the settings and students, but let me just focus on one thing: the food. Frankly, I was amazed at the range of quality;
some student dining halls were great (special kudos to Occidental College), with fresh, made-to-order options like pasta and deli sandwiches (even gluten-free choices), organic salad greens, Naked Juice smoothies, and such. But some places, sadly, were really lame: anemic-looking pizza, very limited fresh produce (aside from the requisite bowl of bananas and apples), shrink-wrapped sandwiches, soda everywhere. Even though we've come a long way and students have more healthy options than ever before, along with the education to make good food choices, I sort of forget that not everyone has jumped on the healthy-food bandwagon just yet.