The Cafeteria

What factors have led you to consider Macalester College? Why do you believe it may be a good match and what do you believe you can add to the Mac community, academically and personally? Feel free to draw on past experiences and use concrete examples to support your perspective.


“The freshman 15” results from, starchy, processed, high calorie, bland, unhealthy and artificial food—typical college cuisine. Unfortunately, many colleges operate their classrooms with similar attitudes—artificial, pre-packaged experiences with excessively large, bland classes. Deviating from this, Macalester fosters a rich academic experience supported by an accessible, personal staff and a diverse atmosphere. Reflected in the healthy cafeteria, this Macalester experience would enable me to continue growing physically and intellectually.

Along with the wraps and pasta in the cafeteria, there was also a fruit wall. Throughout high school, I learned to appreciate my body and treat it with respect. Tofu fills the meat container in my refrigerator and to wash down any snacks—soy nuts, unsalted peanuts or some fruit and vegetable—I always have the option of a tall glass of soymilk. Outside of the kitchen, I respect my body through track, cross-country and swimming. My first year of cross-country, senior year, I qualified for the state meet and we placed 12th as a team. Despite running four years of track and one year of cross-country, I have only run the 400-meter dash and the 5,000-meter run. While filled with success, my...

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