East Coast College Tour Entry 1

After the hectic whirlwind of adjusting to a new school year, juggling daily extracurriculars and club meetings and applications topped with homework and studying, it is nice to get a break away from it all, even if it means taking a trip WITH my school. I I popped out of bed bright and early (well not so bright) at 4:45 to leave for LAX and go on the East Coast College Tour. I have been anticipating it’s arrival since the beginning of school and to think that I am sitting on the plane right now is surreal! I am going with four good friends and am hoping to get to know some other people by the end of this adventure. The last time I had been to the East Coast was last spring break on my first trip to New York. It was like a dream to me, getting to experience the city I had longed to visit since I can’t remember. Before that, I had visited Boston with my family; I really got into the Bostonian spirit with my Red Sox baseball style tee and a 4 star view of all the cute Red Sox players strutting their stuff on Fenway. Today, I get to return to Boston as well as venture into Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and DC. I’ll know the East Coast like the back of my hand by the end of this trip! Well, that might be a hyperbole considering my sense of direction is as useful as a leprechaun with a pot of silver. I’m listening to some Franz Ferdinand and sitting next to two girls I don’t really know too well, but my friends are all in the surrounding seats so it’s not too bad, we even started a cool group chat over these fancy tv’s we all have in front of our chairs. We’ve been laughing so loud that some cranky old lady turned around and gave us a cold, cruel stare-down and I wasn’t sure if she was challenging us to battle, but we laughed at that of course as well. If you wouldn’t have guessed, I took all yesterday just to plan my outfits for each day. I surprisingly am going to make use of layers and repeating key pieces in my college tour wardrobe, rather than having a different piece of fabric on my body for each second of the day. But no need to fear, my suitcase is still packed; my fall essentials are fashionable but still sturdy and warm, I’ve got to be warm when walking through the nippy breeze of Boston while still looking chic! I have always seen myself going to some big city like New York right in the heart of where everything is for college, not some dusty forgotten state in the Midwest, it’s just not me. I am hoping that this tour will reinforce this view and that I can find some colleges to add to my list! These are the colleges I am visiting:

-Harvard (lets be completely honest we all know I am not getting in, I’m not even Asian so my chances are probably at best 1.4% and I’m not that professional anyways)/Last time I went I remember it being a beautiful traditional campus so I am excited to get the Harvard experience once more

-Yale (another school I am going to just for the fun of it; I am sure it will give me a chuckle to hear the average SAT scores needed to get into these schools compared with what I am assuming I’ll get)

-Boston College: apparently it’s a bit religious but I hope not/ equal amount of boys and girls/ 4 stars for social as well as academic so it sounds pretty promising/ good for English majors/ apparently used to be a party school but that’s fading because kegs and cases of beer aren’t allowed on campus anymore

-Boston University: big on internships and great student teacher relationship / most classes average 10-19 or even 20-29 students/ funky artsy neighborhood setting/ apparently good food court?/ campus events all the time/cool road trips and splash party?/ good studying abroad programs

-Muhlenberg: interested in their freshman first year advising team, senior experience program/ have good theatre and writing programs/ good student teacher relationship/daily bus runs to NY city, Philadelphia

-Wesleyan: small classes, good attention from teachers/ sounds like they have cool events like their 80’s party and even battle of the bands/ good music film and creative writing programs/ got 5 stars for education

-Lehigh: interesting academic curriculum: you can tailor your majors and academic programs across 4 colleges so I really like this idea/ believe the arts are valuable and so do I/ even number of men and women/ 4 stars for education and life quality and 3 for social so not too shabby/ hillside campus: workouts to class? Not such a fan of all the stairs at my school right now so yikes/ active greek scene/ big workload/lots of study abroad options/vibrant and eventful nightlife and it’s in the heart of the Lehigh valley plus they have  a really cool ten day musical festival and I definitely like those J/ $$$

-Emerson: in the heart of boston/ diverse population/ small classes so good teacher relationships also/ only 2 starts for social so we will see about that/ good theatre film and writing programs/ cool study abroad options/most parties are off campus and no greek life, but I think I would like to have the option of sororities

-Drexel: not much to say about this college yet, hopefully I will after I visit it!

-Georgetown: I have heard how beautiful the area around Georgetown with all it’s colorful shops and such, so I just couldn’t resist signing up to tour it, even if it’s a bit

I have nothing new to report except that I am ready to have the time of my life on this college trip! I’ll keep you all posted daily.

~xoxo Ali~

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