Consider yourself warned!
A guide for those who think they want children.
Last summer, I took my kids on a college tour. We, or should I say I, drove from Brooklyn, New York to Atlanta, Georgia and back. Along the way, we stopped at Georgetown University, Howard, University of Virginia, Duke, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Georgia Tech, Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark University. It was hot, but we had fun driving, singing, eating, and hanging out with family and friends.
This past spring break, we went on our second college tour. This time, we kept it local. We visited Cornell, Syracuse, University of Binghamton, University of Albany, and UCONN. Our trip started with a drive up to Utica. We stayed in a hotel and made that our home base for a few days. From there, we visited Syracuse, University of Binghamton, and Cornell. The first in Utica, it was cold and dreary outside. When we woke up, not only was it was still cold and dreary, but there was a layer of snow on the ground! Mind you, it was April. April! Thankfully, by the time we got to Syracuse the snow had melted. But, this was a foreshadow. During this trip, it was either cold or rainy, a stark difference from our summer tour. Let me tell you this, it is not fun walking around for two to three hours listening to an overly hyped young college student telling you about the history of the college, pointing out different buildings and extolling the benefits of attending that particular college. When you’re cold and wet, at some point, you want to yell “That’s it. I’m done!” and stomp off like a three-year-old. All you want to do is go back to the hotel, order some food, and take a long hot shower!
Now that I’ve taken these kids on college tours in both the summer and “spring”, I have some tips for you on how to survive these tours.
After the second tour, I was so done with college tours. At this point, I don’t want to see another college until its time to drop my son off. But, wouldn’t you know, a few weeks after we returned home, my son asked if we could visit colleges in Boston. Can you believe it? I guess I’ll be driving to Boston this summer. I better look at hotel rates now.
So, when your kids reach the age where you’ll be taking them on college tours, remember my advice.
Now you know and you can …
Consider Yourself Warned!
SassyGirlTye lives with her two wonderful teenagers in Brooklyn, New York. No matter what she says in her posts, she truly loves her children with all her heart.