It was weird enough going back to school for my master's degree and being with students of all ages with different careers and various undergrad degrees, but I didn't think there would still be fads or that I'd fall victim to peer pressure.
Generally everyone seems to like being different except for when it comes to what they drink. Besides the Starbucks cartons scattered on our large tables, most of the people in my 6 hour classes buy VitaminWater during our breaks. There would be a bottle next to each notebook when I got back. I felt I wasn't part of a clique or something, lol.
I managed to hold off trying the expensive flavored water during my Fall semester, mainly because I'm cheap and I don't drink too much (been dehydrated twice as a result). I was also put off by the vast selection of colored waters. Each go by funky names like Focus, Revive and Balance. What if I purchased the wrong one? And ended up with one that I didn't like and had a full bottle on my desk mocking me while I did my work. I mean, do I try the green, pink, red, blue or yellow one?
So finally outside of class, when I was grocery shopping after work I bought 3 bottles for $9.99 (yikes!) After much deliberation I chose Green Tea (Rescue), Lemon Tea (Vital-t) and Raspberry Apple (Defense). I liked them all, although the green tea a little less than the others. They are not sugary like Gatorade and not as blah as water. Also each bottle lasted me two days, again I can't consume too much liquids for some reason. However, I felt healthy drinking the vitamin water and I rarely do anything healthy.
A funny feature is that each bottle has an amusing paragraph on the label giving some little anecdote. One wrote about Golden Girls being Sex and the City 20 years later, which was a nice brief distraction from my other readings. So now I found another way to spend money like it was water ;)
Conclusion: Be a sheep like I was and try it :)