Two years ago we surprised a lot of people because we took a college road trip when Sam was only a freshman. In the hopes it would make him more serious about his high school work, during the summer between middle and high school I had given him a project to identify colleges where he might want to attend. He only had two criteria in those days: a running program and a journalism major. He ended up identifying over 50 colleges which seemed to be clustered into the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast.
I suggested a road trip the spring break of his freshman year and we took a different friend along that time. We visited Rutgers, Boston U, Northeastern, UConn and one other school which will remain nameless because it really was not suitable for Sam and essentially, other than helping us learn to eliminate schools on paper, it was a waste of time.
One of my close friends had attended BU and I was highly impressed during that tour. Sam, however, did not like it. We had hit horrendous traffic on the drive into Boston but I had reminded him that once there, use of the mass transit system could get him anywhere and traffic would not be an issue. He said he just didn’t think he wanted the large city experience.
While planning this roadtrip SamE had expressed a strong desire for a large city university and immediately we knew we needed to take him to BU. My Sam felt it would not be a waste of time for him, as his attitude toward a city environment had changed a bit and he could see how BU felt now
This time we arrived in Boston the afternoon before so there was no traffic angst delaying our arrival for our scheduled campus info session and tour. We also remembered where we needed to go and found parking in close proximity. The presentation was similar to the prior experience….an admissions officer presented much of the information with two students discussing personal experience for a number of topics. A video presentation highlighted other aspects.
As we exited the auditorium the admissions officer was near us and asked Sam, who was wearing a Vermont tee-shirt, if he was from Vermont. Sam responded “West Virginia” and the man turned away, no further comment. We wondered at his reaction. First, I suggested he was merely making small talk. Did he turn away because West Virginia is so far off the radar for BU? Sam opined that since he was wearing another university’s shirt, perhaps the man realized Sam already had his heart set somewhere else. Who knows?
The tour hit some of the same highlights but a few new things for us. Both SamE and Blake were impressed at the BU environment and excellent program. SamE in particular found the older architecture appealing and was excited that residence options for freshmen included the brownstones that lined Bay State Road. The facilities are high quality with an excellent library, wonderful student union with many amenities, state of the art classrooms and lecture halls, access to the T right along the Commonwealth Avenue side of the campus, and close proximity to Fenway and downtown.
~~~~~~~~~~~My Sam continues not to be interested in BU but Blake will consider it and SamE has his heart set on it right now.