This past Monday, my daughter and I took a road trip to see a college she's interested in. She's been there before and liked it. This time we signed up for an information session and a tour.
It's not really that far away, but I have back and foot problems, so we drove up the night before and got a hotel room. My boys and husband were going to go with us, but instead it ended up being a girls only trip. It's exactly what we needed.
We gabbed the whole way, watched funny movies until late in the night, and walked all over that campus, taking breaks for my foot every now and then. One of the other moms on the tour asked the tour guide to walk slow because she had an issue too. How lucky is that?
My daughter is generally kind of shy, but she asked all of her questions during the tour. We had one question no one could answer. So we walked right into the admissions office, and they gave us the answer we were hoping to hear. And they were really nice - quite unlike the employees of the college I graduated from. Honestly, everyone we met there seemed to be genuinely happy to be working there. The place was perfect for her.
I think it really helped to be able to walk into the dorms, the classrooms, and the dining halls.
The coolest thing is this: their scholarships are based entirely on test scores and are determined on admission. They recommend you take the SAT multiple times. They take the highest verbal score and combine it with the highest math score to determine your scholarship. Sweet. My daughter is actually excited about taking the SAT now (and kind of dreaded taking it before we left) and plans on studying and re-taking it until she gets a scholarship she's happy with.
My plan was to work while we were there and much of this week, but I decided I'd rather hang out with my kids and husband. I'll work this weekend.