College Fam Trip

America Viewed Through the Prism of Its College Campuses

Us and the New Jersey Department of Corrections

A friend’s travails with her own daughter’s college search reminded me of one of our adventures last year. My daughter says that when she travels, wacko things happen. Nah, I said. Travel’s all about having wacko stuff happen because you’re some place new....

Vanderbilt? The Appeal of a Southern School

  As we sat on the tarmac at the Twin Cities airport watching a spring storm bringing another six to 12 inches of snow to a city already mightily sick of winter, I thought, hmm, Vanderbilt. Should have given that school more thought! Colorado. We come back with...

Single Stream vs. Open Carry

I’ve learned two new phrases during our visit to Colorado College: single stream and open carry. At the cafeteria at Colorado College, I asked a student where to put my glass bottle, because I’m used to a separate recycling bin for bottles....

Instagram vs. Camera+

Colorado College has by far the most dramatic surroundings of any of the many colleges we’ve visited. So this visit becomes one of dueling apps. My daughter likes Instagram. But I am somewhat more into photographic effects, which is why I dig Camera+....

College Fam Redux: Colorado

Colleges are generally worlds unto themselves, but you still want to see what’s around them. And, as we took a look at what’s at Colorado College’s doorstep, here’s a bit of what my daughter saw. And then, there was this irresistable...

College Fam Redux

I was being unrealistic last September when I wrote “winding up.” Because I should have known that we’d be heading back to at least a couple of campuses in April in those weeks just before the May 1 decision deadline. Which is why I now find myself...

Winding Up!

Seattle is so green! And so are its campuses. What’s amazing to me is how helpful admissions staff are, not just with showing us and other prospective students and their families around their own campuses, but with their suggestions about handling the college...

Not Sleepless in Seattle!

We leave San Francisco laden with college materials–the same way you’re loaded with hotel and destination information on fam trips! And as Virgin America flight begins its descent into Seattle, we get our first of many views of Mt. Ranier as it rises above...

Day Four

Yesterday was Day Four of our four-city, five-day, seven-school college fam tour. Virtual tours are starting to look damn good!! Discipline is starting to slip; we leave for our first information session of the day half an hour later than we meant to, but make it with...

Following Marilyn Monroe

Two days, four schools. This is day three and it is time to takea break. No college visits today. Instead, we head from the beach to the canyons to indulge at the …. Hotel Bel Air. Whoa. I know. Not in the same league as the Country Inn. But, when you’re...

“All that work, just to find the place your kid is gonna drink beer for the next four years.”

Gerry Bourbeau, Spring, 2013.