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ERIC Number: EJ856357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Education and Eats: Anything but Anchovies
Riggs, Ryan
Journal of College Admission, n204 p3-7 Sum 2009
Is there anything that screams "College!" more than the local pizza joint? As a high school college counselor, the author has been on too many campus tours and sat in on too many information sessions to keep count. Honestly, they all tend to morph together. All good colleges have passionate, engaged students immersed in learning, intramural sports, undergraduate research, small classes, financial aid, opportunities for faith, study abroad, and diversity. What always stands out, however, are the many wonderful restaurants he visits on his trips. This past summer he visited colleges in New England and based many of his meals around the local college town pizza place. He also had some parameters to follow regarding pizza selection. First, the pizza had to be recommended by a local, preferably a student. Second, the restaurant had to be within walking distance to campus (within reason). Finally, no chains. For the author, the surprising taste of clam pizza or even enjoying a bad New York City slice in a perfect setting can bring back memories of a particular campus experience--the reason he goes on these visits in the first place. If he can tell a high school junior where to find a good pizza or some BBQ at any school from Auburn to Yale, then he has helped that student immediately find a friendly spot near campus. Sometimes a student's interaction with the college culture and environment is just as important as academics when searching for the right fit. On a four-state, six-college tour, a friendly spot provides plenty of comfort for mom, dad and junior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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