College Fam Trip

America Viewed Through the Prism of Its College Campuses

L.A. Driving 101

Los Angeles is packed with beautiful, thoughtful small liberal arts colleges that deliver incredible opportunity to students. My problem: driving there. Here’s Driving in L.A. 101. I am so focused on getting into the correct lane for getting on to the 405 that I head...

In Garrison Keilor’s Backyard

Northfield, Minn., is a college town. The desk clerk who checks us in at the Country Inn goes to St. Olaf’s and loves it. And one of the barristas at my new favorite coffee shop, the Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, loves Carleton. And I make new friends on my...

Shopping in America

If the Mall of America isn’t contributing substantially to the dozen or so schools within an hour’s drive of this mega center, the development departments of all Twin Cities schools should be calling them now. It is not possible to just land in the Twin...

College Fam Trip!

In the travel agent world, which I cover for my day job, there is an institution called “the fam trip.” It’s short for “familiarization trip.” If you’re a travel agent, you go on these trips to learn about hotels, restaurants, day...

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

Gerry Bourbeau, Spring, 2013.