Last week a San Diego family stayed with us while on their college tour. These savvy people waited to look at schools until after their child had been accepted. Not only do I admire their attitude about the process, but their daughter is so impressive that I plan to hire her the second she graduates from UCSB.
Maybe the thing to do is spend the spring break of junior year studying rather than looking at colleges. Most eleventh graders are not interested yet anyway, and those who are rarely use rational criteria to evaluate the schools – One of CJ’s friends said that he didn’t like Amherst because the dorms, with their hardwood floors, were "too nice". Another reported that "all the kids" at Wash U St. Louis had "bad music" in their I-Pods.
And if your kid does fall in love with a university on a college trip, it’s probably not because of the academics or even the sports facilities, but because he or she happened to have a cute tour guide or a great cheeseburger.
So when contemplating a college tour, maybe it is wise to think more about the food and less about the colleges. If you decide you must go, the next few posts will highlight some of the hidden gems where we ate during our odyssey.