Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Visit To Uconn

Last Friday, (11/22/13) I went on my first ever college tour!... Yes I know I am a senior and that it's kinda late to be touring colleges, but I do already have my list of 8. I've already sent off my SAT scores and transcript today and all I need now is to send off my common app and complete my supplements! Just getting my SAT scores and transcript sent off feels like a huge weight off my shoulders! 
The college I went to tour was our local college - The University of Connecticut aka. Uconn! 
Uconn Map

My feelings about this school are quite mixed. I do love it and as you can tell by the map above, the school is HUGE! It's over 4000 acres large!! They offer buses to get around campus and according to my friend who gave me a personal tour, it can take 20 min. to walk from her dorm to one of her classes! Uconn is sort f a city of it's own! The reason I am against it is because of it's location. I have always wanted to give city life a try and Uconn is sort of the opposite of a city.... it's located in a farmland. Ever since a trip to NY in 8th grade, I have fallen in love with NY and dying for a chance to live there!


Visit To Uconn

Visit To Uconn
Our GPS told us to turn right here.....? =0
Unfortunately for my mom and I, the day we chose to go for the tour, the weather wasn't the best. It was literally pouring in the morning and driving there was a challenge. My mom is afraid of the highway so getting there was a bit rough. We kinda had mini heart attacks along the way, but we made it there alive! Kudos to my mommy for being able to get me there! She has never driven that long on a highway before!
There was one part of the trip where we got lost. It was really scary because our GPS had directed us to go down a narrow farm like road. We kept driving for a mile or 2 and reaches a dead end. We were hoping for our GPS to help us, but instead, it told us to turn right into the trees....? lol. That was when we realized we were on our own, but luckily, we were close enough the college where there were signs to direct us there!

Wow!! I didn't know frogs were so popular here hehe! =)
Visit To Uconn
Sights as we drove.. not too interesting, but look at the cute ducks crossing!
Here are some sights from our drive there. We passed a bridge that featured lots of frogs. I was so confused, especially when we reached the other side of the bridge. Every building there had something to do with frogs! hehe It was super cute! On our drive, we also encountered a duck crossing! As we turned by, I noticed the ducks crossing the road and it was the most adorable thing ever! 

Uconn sign

Visit To Uconn

After an hour and a half, we reached Uconn! I thought our hunt for Uconn was over at that time, but us being the clueless people we always are (trust me, I am so bad at directions) I had no idea where the visitors center was. I had to ask several students for help and eventually after 15 min. we found it!! Uconn as I said before is humongous!! If I went there, I would probably get lost everyday lol. 
When we got there, we were slightly late, but the staff there was super nice. They directed us into the room where they were briefing us about the school. We watched a few videos and began our tour! It was quite fun and I really enjoyed seeing the school. I really love the way the campus was set up there and the atmosphere from the school was amazing. Everyone was so helpful and you could tell that they had pride in their school!

The only thing that sort of bothered me was the dorm size.. I might sound a bit spoiled here, but my room at home is pretty big and when I saw the size of that dorm, I was just shocked. The dorm was the size of my bathroom and I was just curious as to how 2 people could live in there... I wonder if other colleges have tiny dorms? I have to get used to living in smaller spaces for college!! I'm kinda scared because I'm pretty messy at home and I know I can't be like that in college.. or else my roommate would hate me!

Visit To Uconn
My Friend And I
After the tour, I called my friend who is also a student at Uconn and she gave me her personal tour of the school. This also included getting to sit in on her sociology class! It was quite interesting to be in a college class. There was a lot of people and to be honest, the teacher and the students didn't even notice me!

Uconn Food

After the tour with my friend, I went to visit one of the dining halls for lunch with my friend and mom. We were able to get in for free thanks to my friends and apparently Uconn offers a buffet style meal plan! This is awesome for a college student because I know I will never have to worry about food. 
The quality/choice of food at a college is very important to me because that is most likely what I will be eating for the next 4 years of my life. I need to like it and Uconn passed the test for me!!! They offered so much choices of food there!! Everything from your typical college food, to some freshly made options and there was even an all organic dining hall!! My favorite food there though was the ice cream!! 
For lunch that day, I sampled a lot of items, but eventually settled on a slice of pizza, some salad and lots of ice cream! 

Uconn Co-op

Uconn Co-op
Uconn co-op
My Mommy And I
After our meal, we checked out more of the school, including the education building (which I am interested in), the gym and pool, and we stopped at the Co-op to check it out. As I walked in there, I noticed that they were already in the holiday spirit there! They had lots of Christmas items and right in the front of the store were Christmas Trees. 

Uconn Dairy Bar

Our last stop of the day was Uconn's Dairy Bar! Yes they have a dairy bar there which is the best for me because dairy is my favorite food group! I could eat yogurt, froyo, and ice cream all day! I got a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream at the dairy bar and it was time to put it to good use. I chose to get the banana chocolate chip. They gave me a lot more than a scoop because I shared the ice cream between my friend and my mom and it was quite a lot. 
At the dairy bar, Uconn makes the ice cream there by hand. They raise their own cows and the milk for the ice cream comes from their own cows! How crazy is that. You could even see them turning the milk into cream. As I ate the ice cream, I could easily tell the difference between this ice cream and the ones at the store. Uconn's ice cream tasted a lot fresher and richer. ohh I could there all day if I went to Uconn! 

Leaving Uconn

By the time we finished our ice cream, it was beginning to get quite late. The visit to Uconn went by a lot faster than I thought it would and when it was time to say goodbye to my friend, I had this feeling in my stomach of sadness. It was the type of feeling you get when you leave a place or person you love a lot. I was surprised at how sad I got when we had to leave. I didn't know I would miss the college/my friend as much, but I really do. I haven't seen my friend in almost 2 years and when we first met up, it was like we were super close again. It just sucked to have to leave that day!

Uconn With Parents

Overall my trip to Uconn was quite successful. The school is very nice and if I do end up going to college there, I know I will love it. 

My pros for Uconn are that it is close to home, MUCH cheaper, the great dining options, the program for education majors it offers, the prestige that it has, and of course the great friends I have there already!

My cons for the college are that the location isn't close to the city at all, it is too close to home (don't know how this can be a pro and a con, but it is for me hehe), and the dorm size.

If I get accepted to Uconn and the price it offers is a lot less than my other colleges, I will choose Uconn with little hesitation. My goal is to get into the city, but if doing so puts me in dept, I would rather wait 4-6 years!

Tell me about some of your college visits if you have ever been on?
What do you personally look for when choosing a college? for me it is cost, location, education level it gives, and the dining options!)
Has you GPS ever lead you to a dead end like ours? hehe.

82 comments:

  1. I love dairy also, and ice cream is the best thing ever! Looks like you had a great time on your trip :)
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  2. Mindy to cool now we have something in common in taking tours to uconn hopefully you get in I should had went there-- you 100% correct a lot more reasonable than any in NYC. still paying.
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    1. That is so cool! I can't believe you live around me!!
      ohh that really sucks... where did you go to college if you mind me asking?

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  3. I really really want to go there!

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  5. This was a really cool blog post. I'm glad you liked the college. I would get sooo fat if that homemade ice cream was right there && I went to UCONN lol. I could live off ice cream. ;) Keep us updated and let us know which college you choose!!

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    1. hehe, I probably would too which is why I am forcing myself to do some intermeral sports and join a dance team!! And yes I will!!

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  6. well, those christmas gift was beautiful~~~ =D

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  7. Your post just got me all excited! Even though you're the one getting ready for college, not me... x)
    Uconn looks awesome! It seems like a good option!

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    1. hehe, it's scary, but fun ! Uconn does seem very nice!

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  8. cool post! looks like u were having a good time!

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  13. super sweet pics :)

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  15. I'm so excited for you! University/College life was the most amazing experience I've gone through in my life. You'll definitely learn so much independence and try out new adventures. :) Goodluck on whatever university you'll pick, I'm sure they'll be lucky to have you! :) I love the photo of you and your mom, you're both so beautiful!

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    1. That is a very good thing to hear because I am quite nervous about it! Independence is something I need because I am so dependent on my mom!
      Thanks! I told my mom and she is very happy!

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  16. Hi dear, it must be so interesting visiting colleges before you make a decision, we don't really do that much here unless there is a university open day. Uconn sounds really terrific and it does look like a huge campus! Its also good that you already have friends that are there, it will make things much easier if you decide to attend. Thats a lovely pic of you and your mum at the end. All the best with the decisions. It was great hearing your thoughts, have a Fabulous Friday!

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    1. ohh I know what those days are! We have those too, but I guess they are expanding the visiting days to attract more people. It is very huge and my friends there are the best! I do want to go there a bit more than I had originally thought hehe!

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  17. The college that you went really seems super big (: and it's so nice that all the staff are so friendly hope you'll get into a good school that you like! x

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    1. Thank you! It is huge . I looked up stats for it and I remember it being I think my 2nd biggest college choice!

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  18. I'm glad to hear you liked the place! I can't wait to hear where you'll end up going :-)

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    1. thanks! I will keep you guys updated!

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  19. Hope you'll get into the college of your dreams. And looks like you had a great time touring.

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    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun to tour!

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  20. wow such a lovely post! great job x

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  21. Interesting and nice post Mindy!
    The popularity and the monuments with frogs are very funny :)))
    Have a nice weekend

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  22. looks like you had a great time. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks. I did have a really nice Thanksgiving!!

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  24. hahaha i can relate with your mom being scared to drive in the highway. i always get the same mini heart attacks when i do and ill probably faint if i do it alone ^^ it seems like a good uni mindy :) hope you can post about your other options that have the city vibe youre looking for :)

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    1. hehe, It is pretty scary b/c a lot of people speed on the highways.
      It is very nice and yes, I will post about my other college visits. I get to go there in the spring (Marchish!)

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  25. Looks like a fun day touring the location! :)

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  26. These pics are so great! I have never been, but it looks like so much fun! :)

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  27. looks like a really lovely place! as for me I managed to move away for the city for college and it was a great experience. It taught me to be strong and independent and i met alot of cool and interesting people. I loved the school that i went to also, it was a very stimulating environment and the professors were very hands on and interactive. I think college is a matter of personal choice really, in the end you stick to where you firmly believe can mold you and help you grow into the type of person you want to be <3


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    1. Thanks! It is very lovely! It sounds like a really cool experience you had! I really want to become strong and independent too from college. I am excited to meet new people. While I love my friends, I think it would be cool to meet new people.
      I really want a hands on type classroom which is why I am pushing for a college with a smaller class size! Your comment def. made me feel a lot better about my choice. I really just want one that is best for ME! =)

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  28. This must be such an exciting time for you. I didn't have the chance to visit any unis; I just had to pick one based on the catalogues I had looked at. If I may give any advice, it would be to go for the most prestigious one, the one with the best reputation. It will help you open doors in the future. Truth is that after your studies, the connections you made and the networks you have been part of, will be equally (if not sometimes more) important than the subject you studied and the grades you got...

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    1. It is super exciting. Picking by catalogue is also good in it's own way. It saves so much time and makes things less confusing hehe.
      Thanks for the advice!! I will keep that in mind when making my choice. I have heard before that connections are important so I want to try and expand my circle. It would scare me to come out of college jobless or working in fast food!

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  29. Wow really cool sweetie, I never visited many uni just I choose for the carreer than I want study that was enough and in that time I want one only thin School Med.
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    1. ohh that sounds pretty nice and much easier than what I am going through hehe!

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  30. haha :D our GPS has crazy ideas too! once it led us directly into the lake :D lovely pictures!♥

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    1. hehe that sounds pretty interesting hehe

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  31. Wow! this is a great post Mindy! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it-- I totally have had an issue with my GPS when driving from Chicago, IL to Phoenix, AZ!! It was telling me to take roads that were no longer in use!! Thankfully I had printed out directions from mapquest and google maps, and those were dead on, so I believe we only drove an hour out of the way.

    College searching can be very fun, but very stressful as well. I do online schooling, and can honestly say I do miss out on the campus experience but this is what works for me, and that is more important to me. Every one is different! :) UCONN seems like a great school. Definitely consider all you have as far as location, COST, education level, and if its an accredited school. You already have a friend there, and the students in the Sociology class didn't even mention anything about you looking as if you weren't an actual student in that class-- so I am positive you will get along with the students just great!

    Good luck & please post future trips and let us know which college you do decide on!

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    1. Thank you so much! I always enjoy reading your comments!
      hehe, thanks gosh for googlemaps and mapquest. It seems that GPS's don't seem to update themselves as often as they should. It happened when I went to my friend's home too. I could see her house, but there was a forest of trees between them and us and our GPS told us to go through that forest!

      I am def. considering Uconn for it's cost and friends. It is a very good school too and online school sounds like a lot of fun too! I feel like you have a lot less pressure and you could learn at your own pace! =) It feels a lot more personalized.

      And yes, I will be posting more of my college visits in the spring (where I tackle a string of my Ny. college choices!)

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  32. Oh you must be so excited for College.
    Good Luck.
    And those food pics
    reminded me that I have to take my lunch now.

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  33. Those food pics made me hungry! Haha. Good luck with college :)

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  34. Our country is pretty small and so no matter where we go, we will always be close to home. The environment look amazing and really nice to study in. I am guessing they are going for the cozy feel for the dorm! :D

    I hope you get accepted wheverever you want to go! :D


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    1. ohh that sounds pretty nice to be able to be so close to home!
      It is very cozy and hehe I wish that too!

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  35. Fantastic! That's so exciting

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  36. Of course I was excited to read this post. You and your mom are so cute in your selfie at the end of this post! UConn's buffet style meal plan was seriously what got me eating healthier (which is funny because most probably gained weight from it, and I did at first, but then it enabled me to try healthy foods I didn't like previously "risk free" and I ended up liking them). That Dairy Bar visit is a must! I went to the Dairy Bar once the month after graduation and got myself a nice summer day ice cream cone to come full circle to my visit that I took the day of my school tour. It was pretty cool to be there as a graduate when I had previously been there as a prospective student!

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    1. Hey Caitlin! hehe I thought you would like this post! =)
      That sounds pretty interesting about the buffet thing. I would kinda expect the opposite to happen, but that is very good for you! I have several friends who mentioned weight gain, but then said that they got used to it and don't eat like crazy now since they can go in whenever they want.!
      The dairy bar is amazing and ohh if I choose to go to Uconn and you come back as a graduate, you should say hi to me! I have never met a fellow blogger in real life and you seem really nice! =)

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  37. Hi dear,
    I hope you enjoyed well..........:)
    nice place to visit and mouth watering dishes to taste......;)


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