Visitation rites

The summer before senior year is prime time for college visits

Visitation rites It was my junior year and time to start the college search. My parents decided the best way to begin was to take me to their alma maters.

Off we went to see my dad’s college. First the info session, then the tour, then the bookstore. “What do you think?” my dad inquired. “Too small,” I answered.

Next it was my mom’s turn. Her alma mater was seven times the size of my dad’s college. Info session, tour, lunch, then the bookstore. “What do you think?” my mom asked. “Too large,” I replied.

I was starting to feel like Goldilocks.

I spent the summer before senior year on a whirlwind tour of colleges.

My mom would plan our visits by geographical location, and off we would go. One trip had us seeing three schools in one day. (That’s not a pace I would recommend.)

After all the visits, I did find several schools that I really liked. And I also learned a few things. Like, take notes.

I often had a hard time remembering which school was which, something that might have been easier had I written down important points.

If you visit a school and like it, talk to other students and attend a class or two.

Above all, try to enjoy this special time as you plan for your future. In the end, my parents and I had a lot of fun exploring different schools and areas.

Maddie Rochford is a senior at Victor High School in Victor, N.Y. She enjoys tennis, sailing and windsurfing.


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