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!
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!
|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! =)|
|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!
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!
|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!
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!
|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.
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!
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!
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.