Bowdoin College was ranked as having the second best college food and the tenth happiest students.
Your favorite meal, like your favorite song, can lift you out of a funk and effectively make an otherwise depressing day bearable. In college, keeping your morale high is especially vital to foster the drive to attend all classes (even the ones at 9 a.m.), study and fulfill extracurricular responsibilities. So, it is no surprise that when The Daily Meal released its list of the “52 Best Colleges for Food in America” some of those schools were also included in a list compiled by Newsweek and College Prowler on The Daily Beast of the “25 Happiest Schools.” The following is the list of schools that found their way onto both, listed in order of their food ranking:
Bowdoin College: Food – 2 / Happiness – 10
Tufts University: Food – 6 / Happiness – 24
Harvard University: Food – 12 / Happiness – 11
Yale University: Food – 21 / Happiness – 3
Columbia University: Food – 24 / Happiness – 14
Emory University: Food – 27 / Happiness – 25
Duke University: Food – 29 / Happiness – 17
Brown University: Food – 30 / Happiness – 4
Stanford University: Food – 31 / Happiness – 1
University of Chicago: Food – 44 / Happiness – 5
Although the relationship is not necessarily linear (Stanford and Chicago both find themselves in the top five when it comes to student happiness, but not in the top 30 in the food rankings), it says something that of the 2,000-plus colleges and universities reviewed in the United States, these 12 were able to break into both lists. The Daily Beast list was compiled using retention-rate statistics, student polls and College Prowler’s “Student Experience Rank,” while The Daily Meal used “college dining services awards, respected college lists like the Princeton Review, news stories and our own interviews.”
The relationship between food and happiness for college students is not a novel idea. If you eat well, you feel well (we all know how sluggish we become after a Big Mac with fries). There is no replacing Mom’s [insert your favorite], but when campus dining services can keep students’ bodies happy with fresh, nutrient-rich and tasty options, they can at least help to alleviate the onset of homesickness.
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