The 17 meals we will have together are far more than culinary adventures. Because of the immersive nature of our program, everyone always has “something on their mind,” whether it is a subtle point from a class; a geopolitical issue raised by a discussion; perhaps curiosity and a liking for the professor or expert we just heard from; a sense of camaraderie and fellowship with a fellow student; or a Yale memory triggered and re-lived. In many ways it is at the meals that we become a community.
To that end, we eat most breakfasts and lunches in one of the residential colleges – after all, these are the spaces built with the intent to breed closeness and intellectual discussion in the first place! Every Yale for Life student has a moment when they pause at a lunch, they look around, and realize that they are unselfconsciously living a Yale life that week. Without realizing it, Yale has become home again.
Dinners see us at fine restaurants around New Haven; the dining scene has dramatically improved from days gone by, and the more elevated atmosphere suits us, as well. It isn’t all a “monastic existence,” after all.