Many of you have asked which schools I will be visiting with our son GC on our ten-day, nine-state tour. I cannot yet reveal that list because every day there is minor tweaking and/or major restructuring. But I can tell you that we will be paying a visit to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
Wesleyan is quite different from most of the other colleges that GC is checking out. In fact he added it to his list only because I insisted that he visit one small liberal arts school. At first he resisted because he thinks he probably wants a larger university on a campus with big time sports. But now that we have planned his Wes visit, he's actually looking forward to spending a night in the dorms with a freshman pal from camp and attending a Terrorism class with a junor family friend.
Maybe he'll like Wesleyan. But that would be a problem, because I have just discovered that ALL the other juniors in his school are also headed there to check it out. Last night, at the grade level pot luck, I had the occasion to speak to at least 30-40 parents about college tours. And, no matter what sort of qualifications and passions their kids have, every single one is considering Wesleyan.
Here are some of their tour itineraries:
1. Harvard – Brandeis – Yale – Tufts – Brown – Wesleyan
2. Oberlin – Kenyon – Sarah Lawrence – Vassar – Wesleyan
3. Banard – Bard – Skidmore – RISD – Wesleyan
Those all make a lot of sense. But the lists of others got weirder and weirder.
4. Wisconsin – Indiana – Syracuse – Lehigh – Wesleyan
5. SMU - Texas A&M - Notre Dame – U.S. Naval Academy – Wesleyan
Can anyone enlighten me? Why do 90% of the students in our school have Wes on their lists?
Could it be the clothing-optional dorm? That's so 2002.