The meals we will have together – up to 17 in our one-week programs – 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 collegiate memory triggered and re-lived. In many ways it is at the meals that we become a community.
To that end, we eat some of our meals in our educational institutions – after all, these are the spaces built with the intent to breed closeness and intellectual discussion in the first place! Every EverScholar student has a moment when they pause at a lunch, they look around, and realize that they are unselfconsciously living the academic life that week. Without realizing it, the academy has become home again.
Dinners see us at fine restaurants around the area; the dining scene has dramatically improved from collegiate days gone by in many places, and the more elevated atmosphere suits us, as well. It isn’t all a “monastic existence,” after all.