Living Here: Eating & Other Essentials

Put simply, eating well is a Mount Holyoke tradition. Veggie, vegan, organic, kosher, or halal—it's all here. Our menus also reflect the diverse backgrounds of our students. And if you think the food is good, wait until you try the conversation.

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  1. The busy campus center great room at lunch. (Audio) Sounds of dishes and glasses and many conversations
  2. A more quiet lunch and conversation on Blanchard's outdoor patio
  3. The cherry wood and steel interior staircase of Blanchard
  4. Three contemporary stainless steel café menus showcase the lunch offerings: From the basic tuna melt to the popular "Mount Holyoke" sandwich (grilled sausage, egg, and cheese on an English muffin).
  5. Long-standing traditions such as convocation offer opportunities for the community to come together—dressed in colorfully accessorized caps and gowns—to picnic.
  6. Students in line for a hot or iced beverage in the conveniently located library atrium café.
  7. The atrium's café-style seating offers the perfect spot for community members to gather for coffee and conversation.
  8. Students look over the sweets and beverages at Uncommon Grounds in the campus center.
  9. Seniors enjoy "Strawberries and Champagne," an annual outdoor celebration at the end of spring semester.
  10. Downstairs in Blanchard Campus Center crowds gather during lunchtime.
    (Audio) "If I feel like socializing or being around people who like having fun, I come to Blanchard. And even if I come alone, I always meet someone I know and we always end up eating together and catching up and having fun. Otherwise I usually eat in different dorms. I usually check out the menus first and see what's serving what, and meet a few friends."
  11. A student enjoys a slice of brick oven pizza.
  12. Looking down into a basket of must-have café fare: burger and spicy fries with a dill pickle on the side.
  13. Students gather on the outdoor patio in front of the Odyssey Bookshop at the Village Commons.
    (Audio, several voices) "I like to hang out with my friends, go to Blanchard with them, or go across the street to the Village Commons. There's a movie theatre over there that shows current movies. There's the Thirsty Mind, a nice coffee shop where you can go to study in the evenings or just hang out. Then there's Tailgate, which has a bunch of sandwiches, is kind of gourmet, and is really fun."
  14. A student orders from the cookie and pastry options available at Rao's café.
  15. A blur of laughter and socializing as students pass the time in the café's grill line.

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This transcript is a companion to the Mount Holyoke College Tour, a multimedia site presenting the Mount Holyoke experience through photos, audio clips, and video clips. The corresponding page on the multimedia tour is Eating and Other Essentials. If you have suggestions about how to improve the accessibility of this site, please contact us.