Another junior, another week of college tours! Whoa baby.
What a great way to spend one-on-one time with your kid. A car, a dad, a daughter and 947 miles of walking around college campuses.
The first one was interesting. It declined from there.
Things I rediscovered about universities and making that all important, life-changing decision:
- Every school has a blue light emergency system. This is pointed out at all of the schools for parents who are scared to death that their kid is going to be attacked walking across campus at 2 AM. I am one of those parents. I like the blue light stations.
- For a high school junior female on tour, the cuter the male guide, the higher the satisfaction with the college. At Furman, half of the tour was given on long purple golf carts. Stephanie and I had been near the back of the walking portion of the tour led by a cute, peppy female co-ed. When the staff member pointed us toward the golf carts for the remainder of our visit, a blonde stud muffin with a million dollar smile stepped out of the driver’s side inviting us to embark. Stephanie knocked over two other girls, three moms and a grandmother to sit on the row behind Sven. I glared at her. “I’m really interested in this college” she defended. I should arrange for the cuter guides to meet us at the cheaper schools. Seriously? We can’t make a decision on where to attend college based on the hotness factor of the dude leading the tour! That is NOT a good measuring stick.
- At each school, the first question prospective students are asked is “What are you considering for your major?” Stephanie is undecided although she has some interest in psychology. I suggested she share her potential major. She did not. She didn’t want to commit. I told her it didn’t matter what she said on tour, that it was not binding – that they would not force her to become a child psychologist simply because she mentioned it in April of her junior year in high school. As we drove down the highway, we saw a sign for Mt. Olive College (we did not tour there). But since Mt. Olive is famous for pickles, I suggested when asked about her future vocation at the next stop she say, “I am considering becoming a pickle farmer.” We wondered how that would go over at Wake Forest.
- I was aware that most higher learning establishments housed a Starbucks. I was unaware that the most frequently asked question by students on a college tour was, “Do you have a Chic Fil A?” I do not know why that surprised me. When DJ went to college in Washington, DC, she picked up jogging as a hobby. That was shocking since she absolutely HATES to run. But then, I realized, she was not running for exercise or endorphin pleasure. She was running to catch the Chic Fil A food truck. There are no stores near campus so she had an ap on her phone that tracked the vehicle’s whereabouts. If within three miles of her dorm, she would don the running gear and high tail it to chicken. By the way, all but one of the universities we visited had a Chic Fil A. So don’t panic. One is near.
This is not my last child nor my last week of tours. Although a bit boring and repetitive, I would not trade this time with my kids for anything. What an incredible way to get uninterrupted time with someone you love.