I can hardly remember my college tours of 30+ years ago. I had visited my school during high school as part of a journalism summer workshop, it sealed the deal for me as to where I wanted to apply and attend. I applied to 3 schools, was accepted at all, and attended our largest state university.
Our trip last week was exciting and yet wore me out!! I admit to not being young or in shape,I can only control one of those, but wow I think I need to! Walking is the common mode of transportation on a college campus, how does anyone gain that freshman 15? It was so interesting to learn what each school has to offer, it’s unique majors, campus layout, focus, etc.
My daughters have narrowed their interests to smaller state schools and private schools. The 3 universities we looked at last week ranged from 3600 students to 16,000. The large schools in our state are over 50,000, HUGE!!!
What I learned that was most important or informative was that my girls are fairly well poised to be admitted to the size and type of school they are are interested in. In our state, bigger school equals more prestige and tougher admissions standards. We talked to two admissions counselors and felt very good.
What was scary but realistic was looking at the real cost of college……somehow being there and looking at the numbers made it more real.
So after round 1 Adrienne is interested in West Florida, but dang it is 8 hours away. It’s a lovely wooded campus, and she will see more seasons there than here. We didn’t see the housing, but online it looks nice. Jacksonville Univ is small, older but impressive. It’s only an option if Adrienne can play softball there. There is a huge hill, valley, between housing and the main campus, and those steps about did me in. It was an afternoon tour, warming weather, and well…..physically demanding.
Caitie really like U of N FL. Great engineering school, campus was all closer together, reminded me of my campus in many ways. Uber ritzy dorm with a separate pool and lazy river…..yes can you believe that? Many other housing options too.
We have other tours in the future………..some in the summer I expect. We have about seven months until applications will start going out of our home. Wow………did I really just type that? Amazing how time flies!