Here’s something you might want to chew over as you think about your college selections: PETA once conducted an online poll to determine the most vegetarian-friendly colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. honorees were:
- Indiana University – Bloomington
Humboldt State University (of California State University)
The University of Puget Sound
State University of New York (SUNY) – Purchase
Bad puns aside, something as fundamental to your daily life as your diet should play an important role in your college selection. Imagine what it would be like to be a vegetarian at a residential college where the dining hall hardly ever offered meatless main courses. The best academic program in the world wouldn’t compensate for the day-to-day frustration of trying to find a suitable meal.
When you think about your college choices, think about what’s important to you in your daily life. If sports are important to you, you’d probably be unhappy at Brown or University of Chicago. If you like the pace of a big city and want a wide range of cultural options like theaters and museums, you’d probably be unhappy at Dartmouth or Cornell. If your idea of a relaxing evening is to take a long walk outdoors and watch the stars come out, you’d probably be miserable at Columbia but content at Stanford.
Remember, you’re going to be doing more than studying at the school you choose to go to. You’ll be living there for four years, too. It’s worth the trouble to think ahead of time about what is really important to you on a daily basis and to choose a school that complements your preferences.